Sugared Cranberries

These beautiful cranberries are perfect for snacking or dressing up a holiday dessert!

Sugared Cranberries

 Most people think of cranberries as only a Thanksgiving thing.  I think of these little gems as a Christmas thing!

Sugared cranberries just look like Christmas to me.  They are sparkly and festive and the perfect decorative topper for holiday desserts.  Don’t they look all wintery to you?  They look just like they have been playing out in the snow.

Sugared Cranberries

The crazy thing is you only need 2 ingredients plus some H2O to make these little sparkly gems.

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Sugared Cranberries
  • 1 {12 ounce} bag fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup water
  1. In a saucepan bring 1 cup of sugar and the 1 cup of water to a simmer {making a simple syrup} until the sugar has all dissolved.
  2. Let the simple sryup cool for about 10 minutes and then add the cranberries. Soak the cranberries for at least 2 to 4 hours. Stir the berries once, making sure all the cranberries are coated with syrup.
  3. With a slotted spoon, transfer the cranberries to a wire rack {place a paper towel underneath to catch the dripped simple syrup}. Make sure there is room around each one so they can be completely coated.
  4. Let dry for 1 hour.
  5. Lightly sprinkle cranberries with ½ of the remaining sugar, flipping berries to coat all sides.
  6. With the remaining half of the sugar place in a small bowl.
  7. Roll each coated berry into the sugar once again, adding an additional layer of sugar.
  8. Place coated berries onto a clean wire rack and let air dry for an hour.
  9. Berries can be stored in an air tight container for up to 3 days.
  10. ***The cranberry simple syrup can be used in cocktails and recipes. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.


Until Next Time…




  1. Natalie says:

    Yum! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I tried a cheesecake topped with sugared cranberries at a Christmas party last year and loved it! I might try this recipe out and make my own version of the cheesecake.

  2. Ashley says:

    I made sugared cranberries for the first time this year and found a new found holiday tradition! Not only are they a sweet treat, but they are so pretty too! I actually put a little vanilla in the water when I boiled it!!

    xo Ashley

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