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Sugared cranberries

10 December 2020 By Aleksandra

These sugared cranberries are super delicious and so easy to make, you only need 3 ingredients. They are a great Holiday snack, you can use them to decorate desserts, cocktails, or decorations trays – they just look so beautiful!

Sugared cranberries in a white bowl. Rosemary twigs in the background.

Ingredients:

What do you need to make frosted cranberries:

  • cranberries – make sure to use fresh cranberries, not dried and not frozen
  • sugar – use white sugar or cane sugar, best is granulated but superfine (caster) sugar would also work (looks a little less pretty in my opinion)
  • orange juice – most recipes call for water but I’ve found that these cranberries taste better with a hint of orange flavor and also the sugar sticks better to them.
Labeled ingredients needed to prepare sugared cranberries.

Step by step instructions:

Orange juice with sugar in a pot. Cranberries and orange juice in a pot.

STEP 1: Add the orange juice and 1/4 cup (50g) of sugar into a medium pot. Heat over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved, don’t bring to a boil (if it comes to a boil, let it cool slightly). Take the pot off the heat (don’t cook the cranberries or they may pop).

STEP 2: Wash the cranberries and sort out any that don’t look so great. Add them to the pot and stir to coat. Let the cranberries steep in the mixture for 15 minutes (you can also leave them in syrup in the fridge overnight).

Sugared cranberries on a baking tray lined with wax paper.

STEP 3: Drain the cranberries on a sieve (or remove them from the pot with a slotted spoon) and transfer them to a tray lined with parchment paper. Reserve the syrup (if you like). Leave them to dry for 1 hour. After that time the cranberries should be dry but sticky.

How to use up leftover orange syrup:

  • cook it for a couple of minutes to thicken and use up as syrup for pancakes
  • add to cocktails
  • brush it on top of cakes

STEP 4: Sprinkle the cranberries with sugar (add more or less if needed) and roll them in sugar until well coated. Let dry for 1 hour.

Your sugared cranberries are done! Enjoy!

Storage:

These cranberries keep well in the fridge in an uncovered container for up to 4-5 days, they are best up to 2 days though. After this time the sugar starts to fall off the cranberries. If they start to ‘weep’, just sprinkle them carefully with more sugar to freshen them up.

How to use sugared cranberries:

  • they are perfect for dressing up cakes, cupcakes, and any other Christmas desserts
  • they are a delicious sparkling garnish to Holiday cocktails – you can add them directly to cocktails (won’t last for long though) or decorate cocktail glasses with them (try to skew them on a toothpick and rest them on top of a glass)
  • they are perfect for Holiday snacking
  • add them to your Holiday decorations – for example, trays with candles and tree branches (they won’t last long though, about 2 days)
  • sprinkle it over cranberry sauce or mashed sweet potato
  • garnish them around the turkey
  • garnish for hot chocolate
  • scatter them around a charcuterie board
Candied cranberries in a white bowl on a white plate. Rosemary twigs in the background.

Sugared cranberries

These sugared cranberries are super delicious are so easy to make, you only need 3 ingredients. They are a great Holiday snack, you can use them to decorate desserts, cocktails, or decorations trays – they just look so beautiful!
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Sugared cranberries in a white bowl.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
waiting time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 82kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (100g) fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) orange juice or water
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Add the orange juice and 1/4 cup (50g) of sugar into a medium pot. Heat over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved, don’t bring to a boil (if it comes to a boil, let it cool slightly). Take the pot off the heat (don’t cook the cranberries or they may pop).
  • Wash the cranberries and sort out any that don’t look so great. Add them to the pot and stir to coat. Let the cranberries steep in the mixture for 15 minutes (you can also leave them in syrup in the fridge overnight).
  • Drain the cranberries on a sieve (or remove them from the pot with a slotted spoon) and transfer them to a tray lined with parchment paper. Reserve the syrup (if you like). Leave them to dry for 1 hour. After that time the cranberries should be dry but sticky.
  • Sprinkle the cranberries with sugar (add more or less if needed) and roll them in sugar until well coated. Let dry for 1 hour.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • How to use up leftover orange syrup: cook it for a couple of minutes to thicken and use up as syrup for pancakes, add to cocktails, or brush it on top of cakes.
  • Storage: These cranberries keep well in the fridge in an uncovered container for up to 4-5 days, they are best up to 2 days though. After this time the sugar starts to fall off the cranberries. If they start to ‘weep’, just sprinkle them carefully with more sugar to freshen them up.
  • Calories = 1/6 of the recipe (1 serving). This is only an estimate!
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American, international
Keyword candied cranberries, frosted cranberries, sugared cranberries

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