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Fresh cranberries covered with sugar.
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Sugared Cranberries

Fresh cranberries covered with sugar.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry garnish, sugar covered cranberries, sugared cranberries
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Kathy


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  • Place water in a small sauce pot along with 1/2 cup of sugar over medium heat. Stir sugar and water.
  • Place remain 1/4 cup of sugar in a bowl to use for coating the berries later.
  • 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.
  • Place cranberries in warm sugar mixture. Let set for 15 minutes.
  • Remove cranberries from water with a slotted spoon. Place cranberries on a baking rack. Allow to dry. This may take up to one hour.
  • 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.
  • Allow berries to dry for an additional hour. Use berries or store in a covered container for up to two days.



  • 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.


Serving: 4Cranberries | Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg