Candied Cranberries

These little gems are a perfect addition to any holiday table. Put them in a fancy dish or a martini glass like I did and set them out for a great sweet/sour treat for your guests. They are so addicting. Little bursts of flavor for your mouth!

I made these for the first time last year on Thanksgiving, when I got a little carried away with the buy one get one free sale on cranberries last year at my local grocery store, and had to figure out a plan to eat them all. Who in their right mind needs 4 bags of cranberries? Oh, I see the problem now and it has to do with that whole “right mind” thing.

These are super easy to make and only take a few minutes to prepare. I let mine soak in the sugar water overnight and then finished them up about an hour before my guests arrived.

Candied Cranberries

1 1/2 cups of water

1 bag of fresh cranberries

1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, plus more for rolling

Rinse the cranberries in a colander under running water. Remove any cranberries that are bruised or broken. Combine the sugar and the water in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely and then remove from heat.

Combine the sugar syrup and cranberries in a small bowl with a lid. Cover and chill for several hours or overnight if you can.

Once they are done, drain the cranberries from the sugar water.

I didn’t have any superfine bakers sugar, so I took about a 1/2 cup granulated sugar and gave it a whirl in my coffee grinder. The smaller size and texture allowed it to stick better to the cranberries.

I got out a pie pan and poured the fine sugar into it, then I added the cranberries, a few at a time to coat them.

I took the pie pan by the handles and shook it back and forth on the counter so they rolled around in the sugar. It worked perfectly to coat them on all sides.

Spread the sugared cranberries in a single layer on a non stick pan. I let them sit out for an hour or so in the baking dish and then put them in the fancy dish for serving.

You can serve them on top of shortbread or other cookies like this

Or just put them in a nice dish like this


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3 Responses to Candied Cranberries

  1. Mom says:

    These sugar-coated cranberries are very addicting. You can’t eat just one! They also bring a delicious zing to the pallet after all that turkey and dressing!

  2. lifeinkc says:

    I am going to have to make these!

  3. Karen says:

    Not only are these beautiful to look at but have to taste oh so good. Thank you for your recipe. Really great photos.

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