Sugared Cranberries

One of the simplest Christmas treats are these Sugared Cranberries. It makes a great garnish on cakes, desserts and drinks. Bring on the festive vibe with these super simple sugared cranberries.

As the name says, it is fresh cranberries that are coated with sugar. The steps are super simple, and anyone can make it.

All you need is sugar, water and fresh cranberries

Sugared Cranberries

What flavors works well with Sugared Cranberries

I like to add orange for the refreshing flavor. But fresh rosemary or thyme is amazing too, and it adds a subtle floral note.

A grown-up version would be to add little bit of chili powder for that subtle heat.

Sugared Cranberries look so darn pretty and makes a great holiday edible gift. The sweetness of the sugar hits your first and then you get that mild sour taste.

My husband compared it with sour patch and yep, it is somewhat similar.

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Sugared Cranberries

What you need to make Sugared Cranberries

Sugar

Water

Fresh Cranberries

Orange Zest and Juice

Steps to prepare Candied Cranberries

Yes, you can call these candied cranberries too! The steps are super easy, but you do need some time to let the fresh cranberries soak up all that syrup.

Start by making the syrup along with the orange juice and zest. Let the syrup boil for 10 minutes.

In a glass container, add the fresh cranberries and pour the hot syrup on top. Then place a kitchen towel on top, so the cranberries stays dunk in.

At first the cranberries will float and then slowly overnight as it sits in the fridge, it will start to sink down.

After letting the cranberries soak in the syrup overnight, strain the fresh cranberries and coat it in granulated sugar. Then leave it on a plate for it to dry out.

Sugared Cranberries

Where to use Sugared Cranberries ?

These are so cute that it makes the perfect garnish for your Christmas cake or desserts.

I love to use as garnish in cocktails.

Makes the perfect Christmas Edible Gifts.

Perfect snack to munch on the go.

How to store?

Store at room temperature. I prefer to layer these on a plate and cover gently with a muslin cloth. If you store in a bottle, over time the warmth will start melting the sugar.

It’s best to make in a small batch and enjoy right away.

Candied Cranberries

How to use the leftover syrup?

The syrup is super flavorful and can be used in various different ways!

  1. Drizzle on cakes
  2. Drizzle over pancakes or waffles.
  3. Thicken the leftover syrup by letting it boil for a few more minutes and then, once cooled, you can use in mocktail or cocktail.
  4. The thickened syrup can be drizzled on hung yogurt/ labneh for a mildly sweet dip to go with crusty bagels or bread.

This is actually the first time I used made Cranberries and am hooked by making it on repeat. As you pop in your mouth, the sugar hits you and then the tart from the cranberries makes it so interesting. A great snack for Christmas Holiday parties.

Sugared Cranberries

Sugared Cranberries

Yield: 12 ounce cranberries
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

ne of the simplest Christmas treats are these Sugared Cranberries. It makes a great garnish on cakes, desserts and drinks. Bring on the festive vibe with these super simple sugared cranberries.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce fresh cranberries (1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 white granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 orange

for the syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresg orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange

Instructions

  1. In a heavy bottom pan, prepare the syrup by boiling the water, sugar orange juice and zest for 10 minutes.
  2. Place the fresh cranberries in a glass container and pour the hot syrup on it.
  3. Place a parchment paper on top of the cranberries, so it gets dunk in the syrup.
  4. Keep the container in the refrigerator for overnight.
  5. The next day, strain the candied cranberries and don't discard the delicious syrup.
  6. In a tray, add the sugar and orange zest and drop the strained cranberries. Shake the pan around to coat the cranberries with granulated sugar.
  7. Place the sugar coated cranberries in a plate and leave it aside to dry out completely.
  8. Once dried you can enjoy the sugared cranberries as snack or garnish on desserts or cocktails.

Notes

How to use the leftover syrup?

The syrup is super flavorful and can be used in various different ways!

  1. Drizzle on cakes
  2. Drizzle over pancakes or waffles.
  3. Thicken the leftover syrup by letting it boil for a few more minutes and then, once cooled, you can use in mocktail or cocktail.
  4. The thickened syrup can be drizzled on hung yogurt/ labneh for a mildly sweet dip to go with crusty bagels or bread.

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  • mjskitchen
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    mjskitchen
    December 15, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Oh YAY! I have some cranberries left over from Thanksgiving and now I know what to do with them. It’s not quite 12 ounces but this recipe looks easy to adjust. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

    • mjskitchen
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      mjskitchen
      December 18, 2021 at 3:33 PM

      I made these and they are fabulous! Now I need to make your spritzers.

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