Sugared Cranberries

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Tart cranberries rolled in sugar make for a simple, 2-ingredient, no-bake snack for the holidays! Sugared cranberries also perfect as a garnish for all your holiday treats.

Sugared Cranberries

I've always been a fan of candy that is both sweet and sour. Why? I don't know. But Sour Patch Kids? Ohhhhh. I'm all over those. 

Cranberries aren't sour, but they are tart – which, to me, makes them the perfect candidate for my first sweet and tart “candy”: Sugared Cranberries. I've heard people call these “candied cranberries” as well – same thing, just a different name.

Small clear bowl of frozen cranberries on a white and red stripped dishtowel

Can I use frozen cranberries?

You sure can! I always have bags of cranberries in my freezer, and that's honestly what I usually use to make these.

Just set the amount you need in a bowl and let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before tossing them in the simple syrup mixture.

Sugared cranberries are easy to make

I wanted this recipe to be simple. Easy to create during the busy holiday season. Something that requires practically no brain power because the post-Thanksgiving food coma is still lingering.

Luckily, making these were step number one in making this beautiful holiday pavlova. Not so luckily, that meant they had a purpose and I couldn't just sit down and inhale them all. Therefore, I was forced to make a double batch.

[snaps fingers] Gosh darn it.

You only need 2 ingredients

These are super easy and only require two ingredients, if you don't count water as an ingredient (which I don't):

  • cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • granulated sugar
  1. Boil some water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves and then add the cranberries to coat
  2. Let them set a bit on a wire rack, and then coat them in sugar.

Voila! You now have sugared cranberries. They make a gorgeous garnish as well as a delicious snack. And even though they're coated in sugar, they're not overly sweet thanks to the natural tartness of the cranberries themselves.

How to use sugared cranberries

I like to keep them in a little bowl in my fridge because I really love them as cold as I can get them – but they're the perfect little snack to set in a decorative bowl, out on the counter during a party to let your guests snag a few if the mood strikes them.

You could use them to garnish a cocktail like Cranberry Mimosas or Cranberry Champagne Margaritas.

Or you could add them to the top of:

Vibrant red sugared cranberries in a bowl

How to store sugared cranberries

Store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

How long do sugared cranberries last?

They'll last a few days in the fridge in an airtight container in the fridge. If you find that they've started to weep a bit, just roll them in more sugar!

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Sugared Cranberries

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Tart cranberries rolled in sugar make for a simple, 2-ingredient, no-bake snack for the holidays!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 1 cup



  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup sugar and water. Stir frequently until sugar has dissolved and remove from heat.
    1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
    1/2 cup (118 2/7 g) water
  • Add cranberries and stir to coat. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure they're well coated.
    1 cup (100 g) fresh cranberries
  • Transfer cranberries to wire rack to cool (placing parchment paper underneath to catch the dripping sugar syrup). Allow to cool for an hour.
  • Place remaining sugar in a large bowl and add half of the cranberries. Toss to combine. Using a slotted spoon, transfer coated cranberries to clean parchment paper to set. Repeat with the other half. Let set for at least an hour, then enjoy!


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 820kcal | Carbohydrates: 212g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 204g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe created by Leslie Kiszka

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