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5 from 2 votes

Sugared Cranberries

These Sugared Cranberries are so easy to make right at home and they're a great addition to your Christmas and Thanksgiving desserts or you can just pop them like candy!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time36 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 Cups
Calories: 239kcal



  • Combine water and ½ cup of sugar in a small saucepan and heat on medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 2 to 3 minutes. DO NOT let the water boil, just bring it to a light simmer.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, turn heat low and add the cranberries to the water/sugar mix making sure they are well coated. Let them sit in water for 2 to 3 minutes. You can do this in portions if it's easier.
  • Transfer cranberries to a wire rack to dry using a slotted spoon, try to keep them separated as much as possible so they don't all stick together.
  • After about 30 minutes, toss the cranberries in the remaining sugar.
  • Use the cranberries to dress up your holiday desserts or just eat them straight.


  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They may get a little less “sparkling” so go ahead and freshen them up with more sugar before using.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg