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How to make Sugared Cranberries

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It’s holiday time, and you’re going to want to know How to make Sugared Cranberries for all the things. Three simple ingredients (cranberries, water, and sugar) will allow for the garnish on your holiday cocktails, and makes the perfect decor for your table. 

A white bowl of sugared cranberries, on a white background.

This recipe is oh-so-easy, ya’ll. You’re definitely going to want to keep a large stash of these in your freezer for all the holiday things. I’ve already got mine all ready to go!

Collage of four cocktails using sugared cranberries.

Ingredients needed to make Sugared Cranberries:

Just three simple ingredients necessary – and one of them is water! 😀

  • Cranberries – Use a bag of fresh cranberries that can be easily found in the grocery stores over the holidays.
  • Water – You’ll need equal parts water and sugar to soak the cranberries. I use 1 1/2 cup of each one for a 12 oz. bag of cranberries.
  • Sugar – Beside the sugar used to make the simple syrup (for soaking – see above), you’ll need more to coat the cranberries.

A small saucepan of cranberries soaked in a simple syrup, with a spoon inside.

How to make Sugared Cranberries:

  1. Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove from heat, and add cranberries. Let this come to room temperature. You can place in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
  3. Drain cranberries over a measuring cup, catching the simple syrup to add to other cocktails (if desired).
  4. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet. Arrange cranberries on top of the wire rack and let them dry.
  5. When the cranberries are dry, remove them from the rack to the baking sheet, sprinkle sugar over the top, and then roll the cranberries in the sugar until they are well coated.
  6. Store sugared cranberries in an airtight container in the freezer.

Essential Tools: You will need one of these baking sheets for this recipe, as well as one of these drying racks. Any small sauce pan will also be needed.

Storing Sugared Cranberries: Just place the finished cranberries in an airtight container or a freezer bag, and store in the freezer for up to three months.

Overhead shot of cranberries spread out on a wire rack inside a baking sheet.

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xoxo ~Sue

A white bowl of sugared cranberries, on a white background.

How to make Sugared Cranberries

It's holiday time, and you're going to want to know How to make Sugared Cranberries for all the things. Three simple ingredients (cranberries, water, and sugar) will allow for the garnish on your holiday cocktails, and makes the perfect decor for your table. 
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Course: Appetizer, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make sugared cranberries, sugared cranberries, sugared cranberries for garnish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
resting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 20 servings (for cocktails)
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. cranberries
  • water and sugar ** - equal parts (use 1 ½ cups each)
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  • Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add cranberries. Let this come to room temp.
  • Strain cranberries over a measuring cup. Use this simple syrup for other cocktails, if desired.
  • Place a wire rack on a baking sheet. Spread cranberries on top to let them dry.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the top, and roll the cranberries in the sugar. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Notes

** The sugar used to create the simple syrup wasn't included in the nutritional calculation because it doesn't get consumed in this recipe. Refrigerate for use in other holiday cocktails.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. Shari Musoke says:

    I make this for the syrup and the sugared cranberries to use in sangria and margaritas.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Great idea, Shari! 🙂

  2. Yep – That pro tip I was looking for! So cool when added to drinks at parties. ?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You do like my pro-tips! 🙂

  3. I have made these and they are an excellent addition to holiday cocktails. So pretty!!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! They are so fun this time of year! Glad you enjoyed them, Shari. 🙂

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