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Sugared Cranberries

Learn how to make sugared cranberries to garnish your holiday desserts. They make a delicious snack, and are the perfect mix of tart and sweet!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Refrigeration Time 4 hours
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 - 3 cups fresh cranberries washed
  • 1 cup superfine or regular sugar


  • Wash and drain cranberries. Set aside.
  • Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan.
  • Heat on the stove until boiling, stirring occasionally.
  • Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  • Add cranberries to sugar mixture. Stir to coat all the cranberries.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. Overnight is OK.
  • Remove cranberries from refrigerator.
  • Place a cooling rack on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • With a slotted spoon, place cranberries on the cooling rack. Make sure they are not touching.
  • Put 1 cup sugar on a small cookie sheet or in a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Carefully drop the cranberries into the sugar mixture. Shake the pan to cover the berries with sugar.
  • Continue dropping and shaking until all the berries are sugared.
  • Place them back on the cooling rack. Let dry for 1 hour.


  • You will have simple syrup left over. It can be refrigerated and used to make additional batches of cranberries or used in holiday drinks.
  • Cranberries can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. If the sugar "melts," they can be refreshed by rolling them in more sugar.
  • Superfine sugar can be made by placing regular sugar in a food processor and grinding a few times. I didn't do this...I used regular sugar.