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How To Make Sugared Cranberries {Candied Cranberries}

Quick and easy sugared cranberries recipe (candied cranberries) with simple ingredients. No popping or cracking! Use it to decorate cakes, cocktails.

These sugared cranberries (candied cranberries) are sweet and sour and have a wonderful sugary crunch. They are beautiful and sparkly and great for garnishing/ decorating cakes, cupcakes, Holiday pies and even cocktails/ drinks. They also make a lovely homemade gift.

If you are fond of cranberries, you should also check out this Chocolate Cranberry Truffles and this Cranberry Coconut Cake.

Also known as candied cranberries!

Easy Sugared Cranberries Recipe

How to make sugared cranberries? How do you make sweet cranberries?

  1. Prepare a simple sugar syrup.
  2. Allow it to cool down a bit so that it’s not boiling hot.
  3. Then, add fresh cranberries.
  4. soak them for 1-2 minutes until they are fully coated.
  5. Coat them in a tray filled with granulated sugar.
  6. Place each cranberry on a sheet of wax paper and let it dry until topping is crunchy and you are done.

How long do sugared cranberries last?

If stored properly, they will last 2-3 days in the fridge.

How do you store candied cranberries?

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

How do you soak cranberries?

Prepare a simple sugar syrup but allow it to cool down a bit so that it’s not boiling hot. Then, add fresh cranberries and soak them for 1-2 minutes until they are sticky.

Sparkling sugared cranberries

Instead of water, sparkling water can be used but after trying it, there was no noticeable difference.

Frozen sugared cranberries

I don’t recommend using frozen cranberries because fresh ones taste better and also frozen cranberries tend to release a lot of water as it thaws and thus, that will make the candied cranberries very sticky.

Candied dried cranberries

I don’t recommend this either because they are not as beautiful as fresh cranberries. Furthermore, dried cranberries are already sweetened and when they are coated in sugar, they become overly sweet.

How to Make Sugared Cranberries (Candied Cranberries)

Tips for easy sugared cranberries recipe

  • Don’t dump the cranberries in HOT sugar water/syrup or else your cranberries are highly likely to pop and crack and make a mess. Instead, allow the sugar water to cool down before dumping the cranberries and mixing them together.
  • Don’t coat cranberries in powdered sugar because it’s messier and also, not as tasty as coating the cranberries in granulated sugar, which gives them a crunchy texture.
  • Do not replace fresh cranberries with frozen or dried cranberries because the results are not as beautiful or delicious.
  • Recipe can easily be doubled.
  • Leftover sugar syrup can be used in cocktails/drinks.

Quick and Easy Candied Cranberries Recipe

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Sugared Cranberries Recipe (Quick and Easy)
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Sugared Cranberries (Candied Cranberries)

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Quick and easy sugared cranberries recipe (candied cranberries) with simple ingredients. No popping or cracking! Use it to decorate cakes, cocktails.

Servings: 2 cups
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 271 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 bag Cranberries Fresh, 12 oz. bag
  • 2 cups Additional granulated sugar For coating cranberries

Instructions

  1. Add sugar and water in a nonstick saucepan. Mix and heat over medium heat. 

  2. When the mixture stars bubbling and gets a little thick, take the saucepan off the heat and add vanilla extract. Let this sugar mixture cool down for about 30 minutes.

  3. Then, add cranberries and mix everything together until cranberries are fully coated. Scoop out the cranberries with a sieved spoon and allow excess sugar water to drip off.

  4. Dump those cranberries in a tray filled with granulated sugar.
  5. Roll them around the tray so the sugar fully coats the sticky cranberries and then place each sugared cranberry on a a tray lined with wax paper to dry off (Takes about 1 hour). Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above. 
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Sugared Cranberries (Candied Cranberries)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 144mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 56g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 27.4%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 2.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

4 comments on “How To Make Sugared Cranberries {Candied Cranberries}”

  1. Thanks for this great tutorial! I made sugared cranberries and sugared rosemary branches to add to my Buche de Noel cake this year. Merry Christmas! Pascale (www.getfitwithpascale.com)

  2. These are so fun and festive! I use them in everything from recipes to the table centerpiece.

  3. I love these so much!!!

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