Quick, simple, and delicious, sugared cranberries are simply the best! Make this sugared cranberries recipe in less than an hour, and use the berries for desserts, decoration, or cocktails. Get the recipe below.
How to Make Sugared Cranberries
This sugared cranberries recipes is so quick and easy! I’ll even give you a shortened method in the recipe if you are in a time crunch, but it’s already a quick cranberry recipe.
To start, you’ll need a 12 ounce bag of cranberries. Sift through the cranberries to get rid of any wrinkled or past ripe cranberries, and rinse the remaining berries.
You’ll also need a 1:1 ratio of granulated sugar and water combined in a medium pot. If you want to make the cranberry simple syrup extra sweet, use a 1.5:1 ratio. The cranberries will have just slightly more sweetness if you add more sugar to the simple syrup, but 1:1 is great otherwise.
Making sugared cranberries is simple. Here’s how:
- Cook the sugar and water until the sugar fully dissolves.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
- Add rinsed cranberries to warm syrup and let sit for a few minutes
- Strain berries, let them dry, and then roll in sugar.
Save the leftover cranberry simple syrup for cocktails or mocktails. It’s very flavorful, and it’s the perfect way to not let the syrup go to waste.
If you want to add some extra flavor, you can make a cranberry orange simple syrup by adding some orange zest. It’s a very simple and fun way to add more flavor!
How to Freeze Sugared Cranberries
After making the sugared cranberries, you may not need to use them all right away. Luckily, you can freeze sugared cranberries!
To freeze them, place the sugar coated cranberries in a freezer bag and remove all of the air. Freeze for up to 2 months.
When you remove them from the freezer, you will notice that the sugar has melted and is sticky from the moisture that naturally occurs during freezing and thawing.
Roll the cranberries in sugar after they have completely thawed, and they will be ready to use again.
3 Ways to Use Sparkling Sugared Cranberries
Use Them to Garnish Desserts
One of my favorite ways to use this sugared cranberries recipe is by adding them to winter desserts, like on this winter pavlova. You can also add them to cupcakes, bundt cakes, and so much more.
Not only do the cranberries add sparkle and texture, but the sugary coating is a great contrast to the tartness of the berries. Cranberries are almost too tart on their own, so the sugar really helps balance them out.
Add Them to Cocktails
After making a cranberry cocktail or mocktail with the leftover simple syrup, garnish with the sparkling cranberries. You can skewer them or place them on the surface of the drink so they float on top of the ice.
Decorate with Them
You can also use sugared cranberries as decoration! Place tall candles in jars and made a border of cranberries around the candles inside the glass. Place greenery around the jars, and you have a super elegant center piece.Print
Sugared Cranberries Recipe
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Rest Time: 65 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- 200 grams sugar (1 cup)
- 237 ml water (1 cup)
- 100 grams sugar (1/2 cup)
- 6 – 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- Combine 200 grams sugar and water in a medium pot and bring to a simmer. Cook until sugar fully dissolves and remove from heat.
- Let the simple syrup cool for 20 minutes, and then add the cranberries. Let cranberries sit for 5 minutes, and then strain the berries on a cooling rack set over a half sheet pan or piece of parchment. Let dry for 45 minutes, being sure to mostly separate the berries so they have room to dry.
- Add 100 grams of sugar to a bowl, and then coat a few berries at at time until all berries are sugar coated.
- Store sugared cranberries in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Freeze remaining cranberries for up to 2 months if desired. (Re- role in sugar after thawing)
- For a shortened method- add cranberries to syrup as soon as you remove syrup from the heat. Let the berries soak for 60 seconds, and then strain them. The main downside to this method is that the super hot syrup tends to make the berries burst slightly, so they may not be perfectly smooth and round afterward.
- Save cranberry simple syrup for cocktails or mocktails.
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