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Easy Sugared Cranberries

Easy Sugared Cranberries

Sugared cranberries or frosted cranberries are one of the easiest recipes you can make. They make a great addition to so many things and they look really beautiful.

The ingredients for these cranberries are very simple.

To make sugared cranberries you will need:

  • sugar
  • fresh cranberries
  • water

That is it! Three simple items to make these festive looking cranberries.

In making these cranberries, you will end up with a wonderful simple syrup. This gives you a bonus homemade item that you can use in cocktails, desserts or drinks.

The process in making these is also as simple as the ingredient list. It is 5 minutes of your hands on time and the rest is drying time.

The process to make these sugar frosted cranberries:

  • Make a simple syrup
  • Roll cranberries in syrup then dry them
  • Take dried cranberries and roll in sugar.
  • Let the cranberries dry.
  • Done!

I love using these sugar frosted cranberries in lots of my holiday recipes. From cocktails to side dishes or just as a snack on their own, they are delicious.

When you make these, it creates a crunch outer sugar coating and leaves the sour cranberry intact beneath this layer. It really is like a great homemade candy.

My favorite ways to use these sugar frosted cranberries are:

  • In my homemade sugared cranberry sauce. Here the sugared cranberries are added right before serving and that burst of fresh cranberry flavor really tastes amazing in the sauce.
  • Im my citrusy cranberry gin martini.
  • On its own as a snack to nibble on throughout the day.

Give these a try and see just how easy it is to add a beautiful festive and delicious touch to so many dishes.

For ideas on how to use up that simple syrup you might like these cocktail recipes:

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Sugared Cranberries

A delicious and festive way to prepare fresh cranberries.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
drying time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup for the simple syrup and 1/2 cup for rolling the cranberries in.
  • 1 cup water


  • In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water.
  • Bring to a simmer and simmer until the sugar is fully dissolved in the water.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat and add your fresh cranberries.
  • Turn the cranberries to coat them evenly then with a slotted spoon, remove the cranberries and place on a drying rack.
  • Allow cranberries to dry for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place 1/2 cup of sugar on a large plate.
  • Once the cranberries are dry, they should be very sticky.
  • Take the sticky cranberries and begin to roll them in the sugar on your plate until they are coated evenly on all sides.
  • Remove the sugared cranberries from the plate and place them on a drying rack to dry, about 30 minutes.
  • Once they are set and dry you can use them right away or place them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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