Sugared Cranberries

I’ve been wanting to make these pretty little gems since I first started seeing them pop up on the internet a couple of years ago. They couldn’t be more easy, or festive – and they bring a nice little pop of color and sweetness to your holiday table.

Fresh cranberries are steeped for a few hours in a simple syrup, then set out to dry for a bit before getting a dusting of sugar to make them glisten. They’re sweet and tart, with a bit of crunch left. The perfect finger food, a gorgeous addition to a wheel of baked brie, or simply as a garnish for that special dessert or cocktail you’re having at your Christmas parties.

And, it’s the perfect thing to let your little ones help out with in the kitchen. They loved rolling around the cranberries in the sugar, and then munching on them afterwards. This is one we’ll look forward to making again and again during the Holiday season!


  1. Posted December 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    These are absolutely gorgeous, Laura! They look like they just fell from a frosty tree branch! Wonderful recipe.

  2. Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

    These are so pretty!

    We often eat frozen green grapes as a snack at our house. If you dusted them with sugar, the green and red would look so pretty and Christmasy next to the cranberries!

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

    • Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

      What a great idea, Dana! Thanks so much, I hope you did as well.

  3. Cheryl
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 1:33 AM | Permalink

    I can’t wait to make these for my Christmas Eve open house. They’ll go great with our bar drinks and our wassail.

  4. Natalie
    Posted December 19, 2016 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

    I have made these yearly for the past 2 holiday seasons, and they’re always a big hit for being so easy to make! Even my little sister, who initially maintained that she couldn’t stand cranberries, did like them. I think it helps that they’re so pretty.

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