Sugared Cranberries

Sugared Cranberries

These Sugared Cranberries are an easy to make and festive recipe. Perfect treat and sparkling garnish for the holiday season!

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Sugared Cranberries

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.

Sugared Cranberries

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

Cranberry Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Almond Relish

Pumpkin Cranberry Soup

Almond Cranberry Cheese Ball

Gingerbread Cranberry Panettone Trifle

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 Cranberries

Sugared Cranberries

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Dessert


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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!

25 thoughts on “Sugared Cranberries

  1. Pauline says:

    Ben these look so delicious. We don’t get fresh cranberries here in Queensland, however cherries might just do the trick. Bring on Christmas. By the way, I am signed up to receive your recipes by email, but they don’t seem to be arriving now. Perhaps I should try another way of doing it.

    • Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

      Oh thank you. Not sure about the cherries as they will be too sweet once rolled into sugar (Maybe add lemon juice into the syrup, to balance it out a bit.) Anyway, let me know if you try.

      Yes, I’ve heard people are having the same issue. There’s two ways to sign up: a pop up window and an built-in form (On the right side) Not sure which one you’ve tried before, but try switching! I have a suspicion about a pop-up window being a culprit here :)

  2. bread&salt says:

    We consume Cranberries alot here in Turkey. Mostly we make its jam or marmalade, also its tea is really good. Also we consume sugared cranberries alot in winter times. Your Christmas recipes with Cranberries are very interesting. Especially i would like to try its soup.

  3. Marissa says:

    These are such a festive and tasty holiday snack, Ben! Not to mention a quick and easy recipe – which we can all use during the busy holiday season!

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