These Sugared Cranberries are an easy to make and festive recipe. Perfect treat and sparkling garnish for the holiday season!Jump to Recipe
Hello everyone – happy Monday!
Who is ready for holiday season? I definitely am. Indeed, I have developed and photographed already about 10 holiday ideas. And I am not going to stop now.
I would like to start with these easy to make but super festive Sugared Cranberries. They are such an elegant holiday garnish for cocktails and desserts. Also, they are a delicious sweet snack. You can also make them a part of edible holiday box.
As you probably already know, it’s so easy to make them. You will need only two ingredients: fresh cranberries and granulated sugar. Well, and water, too. First, you will need to make simple sugar syrup and stir in the cranberries to coat. Then the cranberries need to be dried for about one hour. They will turn slightly sticky. Last step will be coating them in the remaining sugar. That’s all!
This method makes the cranberries juicy and pulpy with a lightly crunchy exterior.
Perfect for Garnishing
Actually, I also tried a different approach. I dehydrated a part of the cranberries after coating in the syrup (for about an hour). I thought they would be drier and, thus, less sugar would need less sugar. That was not the case though! The berries turned utterly delicious, but softer and juicier. Perfect for enjoying as a dessert / snack, but not so suitable for garnishing.
You can easily double (triple, etc.) the batch. I would not recommend keeping them refrigerated as they could turn too sticky. The cranberries will be fine for 2 days without refrigerator. Either way, they can become a bit sticky (Depending the humidity in your kitchen). You can also always toss them with more sugar if they start getting sticky.
Other Christmas Recipes with Cranberries
I hope you enjoy these Sugared Cranberries, and you will try them. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.
Sugared CranberriesCourse: Dessert
These Sugared Cranberries are an easy to make and festive recipe. Perfect treat and sparkling garnish for the holiday season!
about 1 and 1/2 granulated sugar, divided
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup water
- Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Do not boil. Off heat.
- Stir in cranberries and gently mix to coat. Leave them in the hot syrup for a minute. Use a slotted spoon and transfer cranberries to a baking tray or better wire rack. Let cranberries dry for 1 hour – they will become a bit sticky. After one hour, roll cranberries in remaining sugar until completely coated.
- Store in an airtight container for 2 days. If kept refrigerated, they will be fine for up to 4 days. You can also always toss them with more sugar if they start getting sticky. Enjoy!
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