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Sugared Cranberries

November 14, 2019 (Last Updated: November 18, 2019)

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Sugared Cranberries are a festive, easy treat to make. They are perfect for adding to a buffet table or decorating a cake. 

A small bowl filled with sugared cranberries.

I’ve been into all things cranberry lately. Every time I go to the grocery store, I seem to pick up a few more bags! Maybe it’s an obsession, but I think it’s a good thing! Cranberry season doesn’t last too long, so I need to make the most of it. These sugared cranberries are my newest creation.

The best part about these cranberries, besides looking so stunning, is they are so easy to make! The most difficult thing is making certain you plan enough time. The berries need to dry two different times.  

What are sugared cranberries?

Sugared cranberries are fresh cranberries with a sugared crust. 

How do you use sugared cranberries?

These sugar covered cranberries can be eaten as a sweet treat. They are quite delicious all by themselves and  have a sweet and tart taste. You could also use them for decorating a holiday dessert, like this Cranberry Bundt Cake, or as a garnish for a holiday cocktail or beverage. 

A fancy shaped bundt cake topped with sugared cranberries.

What ingredients do I need?

You just need two ingredients: granulated sugar and fresh cranberries. That’s it! Well, you do also need water, but that doesn’t really count as an ingredient. 

How do I make sugared cranberries?

Add sugar and water into a small saucepan. Heat until all sugar is dissolved. 

A red saucepan filled with water and sugar with fresh cranberries next to the pot.

Add cranberries and let soak for 10-15 minutes. 

Fresh cranberries in a small red pot.

Remove cranberries from pot with a slotted spoon. Place cranberries on a baking rack. 

Shinny cranberries drying on a baking rack.

Allow cranberries to dry for at least one hour. Cranberries will be very sticky, but should not have any remaining wet spots.  Place a few cranberries in a bowl with granulated sugar.

Cranberries in a bowl of sugar.

Toss berries until coated with sugar. 

Red berries covered with sugar.

Gently remove berries and place them back on baking rack. Allow berries to dry for an additional hour.

A baking rack with sugar coated cranberries on top of rack.

How do I store these cranberries?

Storing the cranberries is going going to vary depending on your humidity in your house. I was able to place the sugared berries in a small bowl and leave uncovered on my counter for two days. You could also store them in a covered container. The berries are best used within two days for best results. 

A white bowl filled with sugar covered cranberries.

Can I make more than the recipe calls for?

Yes, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, depending on the amount of sugared berries you need. Just plan enough space for the berries to dry. 

Tips for making sugared cranberries

  • Use a slotted spoon for removing berries from sugar water
  • Allow berries to dry on a baking rack
  • Place baking rack on top of a baking sheet. This helps contain the drips and makes clean up a bit easier.
  • Use your fingers to place the berries into the sugar. They will be sticky, but once the granulated sugar starts to stick to the berries, the stickiness goes away.
  • Handle the sugar covered berries as little as possible to help prevent brushing the sugar off the berries. 
  • The extra sugar water used for soaking the berries can be saved and used in cocktail recipes calling for simple syrup. 

Other great recipes using fresh cranberries

I told you I’ve been going a little crazy with cranberry recipes! 

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A small white bowl filled with fresh red berries.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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5 from 2 votes
Fresh cranberries covered with sugar.
Sugared Cranberries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Fresh cranberries covered with sugar.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry garnish, sugar covered cranberries, sugared cranberries
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 39 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
Instructions
  1. Place water in a small sauce pot along with 1/2 cup of sugar over medium heat. Stir sugar and water.

  2. Place remain 1/4 cup of sugar in a bowl to use for coating the berries later.

  3. When sugar in sauce pot dissolves, remove from heat. Do not bring water mixture to a boil. You want it just warm enough to dissolve the sugar.

  4. Place cranberries in warm sugar mixture. Let set for 15 minutes.

  5. Remove cranberries from water with a slotted spoon. Place cranberries on a baking rack. Allow to dry. This may take up to one hour.

  6. When berries are fully dried, place in bowl of sugar. Do a few berries at a time so they don't stick to each other. Roll berries around in sugar. Carefully remove and place back on baking rack to dry.

  7. Allow berries to dry for an additional hour. Use berries or store in a covered container for up to two days.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • Use a slotted spoon for removing berries from sugar water
  • Allow berries to dry on a baking rack
  • Place baking rack on top of a baking sheet. This helps contain the drips and makes clean up a bit easier.
  • Use your fingers to place the berries into the sugar. They will be sticky, but once the granulated sugar starts to stick to the berries, the stickiness goes away.
  • Handle the sugar covered berries as little as possible to help prevent brushing the sugar off the berries. 
  • Discard excess sugar used for dusting the berries.
  • The sugar water can be saved and used in beverages.
Nutrition Facts
Sugared Cranberries
Amount Per Serving (4 Cranberries)
Calories 39 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 4IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    November 18, 2019 at 5:09 am

    5 stars
    Oh, I do love sugared cranberries! They are such an easy recipe that takes other recipes up a notch. And they look so impressive, too. (No one needs to know how easy they actually are!) Thanks for the reminder about this fun garnish! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 14, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I love making sugared cranberries during the holiday season Kathy! Perfect for so many desserts. Pinned.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 15, 2019 at 6:05 am

      This is my first time making them, but now they will become a holiday regular!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    November 14, 2019 at 9:06 am

    5 stars
    I am sure they are absolutely delicious also, but I truly cannot get over how beautiful they are! So perfectly festive!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 14, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      They add a lovely festive touch!

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