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Sugared cranberries in a bowl. A hand reaches in to move the bowl.
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Sugared Cranberries

These quick and easy sparkling sugared cranberries are the perfect snack, and can be used for cocktails or any type of garnish. They're sweet, tart, and beautiful!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Rest time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 22kcal


  • Saucepan
  • Mixing bowls (2)
  • Slotted spoon


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries 540g
  • cups water 300ml
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200g


  • Rinse the cranberries and remove any debris or mushy cranberries.
  • Add the sugar and water to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is fully dissolved then pour it into a bowl and allow it to cool slightly.
  • Add the cranberries to the simple syrup and stir to coat all of the cranberries.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cranberries to a wire rack. Prevent the cranberries from touching as best as possible.
  • Allow the sugar syrup to set for one hour, then roll the cranberries in the granulated sugar to coat completely.
  • Transfer to a serving plate or bowl, or add to a sealed container if not eating or using right away.


Store the cranberries uncovered at room temperature for one week. Re-toss the cranberries in sugar before serving. 
Add a pan or piece of parchment paper underneath the wire rack to catch any drips of sugar. 
A few springs of rosemary or orange can be added to the simple syrup to produce an extra flavor component!


Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg