These vanilla candied cranberries (sugared cranberries) make a great addition to your holiday desserts and meals. These festive sugar frosted cranberries are made with just a few ingredients, and they're so easy to make.
Why You'll Love These Sugared Cranberries
- Easy: These candied cranberries are so easy to make. You can't go wrong with this easy sweet treat.
- Perfect holiday accent: These cranberries make the best addition to so many dishes. From cakes and desserts to dressing up your holiday table and meals.
- Perfect snack: These vanilla candied cranberries are not only perfect for festive reasons, but they also make a great sweet dessert all on their own.
- vanilla extract
- fresh cranberries
That is it! Simple ingredients to make these frosted cranberries.
If there ever was a recipe that was simple and had lots of bang for the buck, it is this sugared cranberry recipe.
How to make Candied Cranberries
- Make simple syrup for the cranberries: Make a simple syrup by combining sugar and water. If you prefer a more natural simple syrup, you could also use a honey simple syrup.
- Add fresh cranberries: Now roll the fresh cranberries in the simple syrup then dry them by placing them on a baking rack.
- Roll in sugar: Take the cranberries that have dried in the simple syrup and roll them in sugar.
- Dry: Let the cranberries dry for a bit then enjoy.
How to use candied cranberries
- Candied cranberries for cocktails: I love using these sugar-coated cranberries in lots of my holiday recipes. From side dishes like my homemade cranberry sauce, or just as a snack on their own, they are delicious.
- On Desserts They are delicious when added on top of desserts like a classic cheesecake, mini cheesecake bites , classic carrot cake, creamy lemon bars, pumpkin creme brulee, and even pumpkin cake. There are so many desserts that these sugared cranberries can be added to.
- Add these candied cranberries as a garnish I also love adding these on top of baked bried en croute or if I am feeling light a lighter appetizer, topping my cottage cheese dip and whipped cottage cheese.
When you make these, it creates a crunchy outer sugar coating and leaves the sour cranberry intact beneath this layer. It really is like a great homemade candy that everyone loves.
More cranberry recipes you may like:
- My cranberry sauce with orange juice. Here the sugared cranberries are added right before serving and that burst of fresh cranberry flavor really tastes amazing in the sauce.
- Citrusy cranberry vodka martini.
- Cranberry Bars
More Holiday Recipes
If you are looking for more holiday ideas like these sugared cranberries, you may also like these:
Vanilla Candied Cranberries (Sugared Cranberries)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 bag of fresh cranberries
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add sugar and water.1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup 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 vanilla and mix well.1 bag of fresh cranberries
- Now add the 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.
- Once the cranberries are dry, they should be very sticky.
- Place ½ cup of sugar on a large plate.½ cup granulated sugar
- 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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