Sugared Cranberries are the ultimate holiday treat! Perfect for snacking, decorating desserts, or garnishing drinks….and they couldn’t be easier to make!
The older I get, the more I realize it really is all about the little things. Especially when it comes to the holidays! Which is what I love so much about making these Sugared Cranberries. They’re a special sweet little treat that literally makes ALL the difference.
Whether you use them in cocktails, for snacking, or as a garnish for your favorite holiday desserts… they’re an absolute show stopper. And SO delicious, too!
Making sugared cranberries requires just 3 ingredients: fresh cranberries, sugar, and water. The “hands on” time is just 5 minutes, and the end result is nothing short of heavenly!
what you’ll love about this recipe
These Sugared Cranberries are the perfect way to take any holiday dessert to the next level. They’re beautiful, delicious, and best of all… SO easy to make with just a few basic ingredients!
what you’ll need for this recipe
Cranberries – Fresh cranberries are the main ingredient in this recipe. They are usually available in stores from September – December. If you are unable to find fresh cranberries, you can definitely substitute whole frozen cranberries instead.
Sugar – I used sugar in two different ways in this recipe. First, in a simple syrup to coat the cranberries and second, to roll the cranberries in after soaking them. I chose to use granulated sugar for overall taste and appearance, but you could also substitute cane sugar if you prefer.
Water – Water combines with the sugar to create a simple syrup for soaking the cranberries.
how to make sugared cranberries
Make the simple syrup. In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar. Bring to a simmer, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
Soak the cranberries. Pour the fresh cranberries into a medium bowl; pour simple syrup over the cranberries. Cover and refrigerate at least 10 minutes or overnight.
Coat the cranberries in sugar. Strain the cranberries (reserving the syrup) and roll in remaining 1 cup sugar to coat. Spread in a single layer to dry. *Use the cranberry syrup to make Cranberry Mimosas!
Leftover sugared cranberries can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place for 3-4 days. After a few days, you may notice the sugar start to “weep.” At this point, if the cranberries are still firm, you can simply toss them in sugar again to freshen them up.
how to use sugared cranberries in desserts
Use them as a garnish for any of these delicious holiday desserts:
- Maple Streusel Pumpkin Cake
- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake
- Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Pumpkin Cake
how to use sugared cranberries in cocktails
Toss them in one of these cocktails or any of your favorite cocktails:
- 3 cups sugar, divided
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water.
- Bring to a simmer, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Pour fresh cranberries into a medium bowl; pour sugar water over cranberries.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Strain cranberries and roll in remaining 1 cup sugar to coat.
- Spread cranberries in a single layer to dry.
- Perfect for snacking, garnishing drinks, or topping desserts.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 51gProtein: 0g