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Sugared cranberries in a white bowl

Sugared Cranberries


These easy sugared cranberries are a perfect appetizer or garnish for your holiday desserts or cocktails!


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Place a wire baking rack over a rimmed baking sheet.  If cranberries are too small for wire rack, line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. Prepare a simple syrup by combining 1/2 cup of sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer, while stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat, add cranberries and gently stir until coated.
  4. Transfer cranberries to the wire rack (or parchment paper) in a single layer using a slotted spoon.  Allow cranberries to dry for at least one hour.
  5. Pour remaining 1-1/2 cups sugar on a separate rimmed baking sheet.  Add a few cranberries at a time and roll in sugar to coat evenly.
  6. Return to baking rack (or baking sheet lined with a new sheet of parchment paper) and allow sugar to dry on cranberries for one hour.


  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sugar coated cranberries, candied cranberries