Sugared Cranberries

I was skeptical about Sugared Cranberries but I am a convert now!  I can’t stop popping these little sweet and sour morsels in my mouth!

Let’s hope that the nutritional value of the cranberries (and there are many!) offsets the sugar that surrounds them !

These are super easy to make but they do take time.  First you make a simple syrup and coat the fresh cranberries in it.  They have to dry for about 1 hour.  Then you roll them in sugar and let them sit another hour.

I made them originally to decorate this Chocolate Semifreddo.  That was a match made in heaven but I still had quite a few leftover.

Chocolate Cranberry Semi Freddo

Well…once we tasted them like a snack we couldn’t stop!  The leftovers sat in a little bowl on my counter and they were fine for 2 days.  Some recipes say to store in an air tight container up to 48 hours but I think they would store longer – if they last that long!

These are simple, economical, tasty and make a very festive looking addition to the snack or dessert table!

This recipe makes 1/2 a 12 oz bag of cranberries or about 2 cups.  You will have simple syrup leftover that you could use in fancy drink recipes or save for a day or 2 in case you decide to make up the other half of the fresh cranberry package.

Sugared cranberries in a dish with cedar greenery beside.

Sugared Cranberries

Sweet, tart morsels for snacks or dessert.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • 6 oz fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar divided 1/2 + 1/4
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Rinse cranberries and discard any less than perfect.
  • When sugar is dissolved remove pan from heat and add cranberries. Stir gently to coat cranberries.
  • Transfer cranberries to a cooling rack set over a pan or parchment. This will allow excess syrup to drain off. Allow cranberries to dry approximately one hour.
  • Gently roll sticky cranberries in the sugar a few at a time. Transfer to a plate covered with parchment paper. Keep them to a single layer. Allow cranberries to dry another hour or so.
  • Transfer to your dessert recipe, serving bowl or an air tight container if you plan to store them a few days.


Per 3 cranberries (approx)


Calories: 10.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.6g | Sodium: 0.12mg | Potassium: 2.3mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 0.12g
Sugared Cranberries

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