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Sugared Cranberries

Sugared cranberries are easy to make and perfect to use as a garnish for baked goods and holiday desserts. They're sweet, tart, and totally delicious!
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredients, baking, fruit, Winter
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 433kcal


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar divided
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries rinsed and dried


  • Bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly so the sugar doesn't burn on the bottom. Let it simmer on low for 3 minutes.
    cranberries in a medium saucepan covered with a simple syrup
  • Add the cranberries and stir to coat in the syrup, then remove the pan from heat and gently stir for 1 minute.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the cranberries from the saucepan and transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let the cranberries sit for 1 hour.
    cranberries coated with a clear syrup laying on a piece of parchment paper
  • Toss the cranberries in the remaining 1 cup of sugar to coat. (I do this in smaller batches.)
    tossing sugared cranberries in white sugar
  • Eat & Enjoy!


Serving: 3cups | Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 104g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg