Sugared Cranberries Recipe


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Sugared Cranberries Recipe – These sparkly sugared cranberries come together quickly and easily with just two simple ingredients! Beautiful as garnish for cakes, cookies, cocktails, or to serve as a sweet, yet tart treat!

Sugared Cranberries in a serving bowl surrounded with rosemary garnish  //

My fascination with cranberries continues with these beautiful, sparkly sugared cranberries that make everything that you serve them on more festive, fun and elegant!

They couldn’t be much easier to make, with just two simple ingredients – fresh cranberries and sugar!

Sugared Cranberries Recipe

Bowl of cranberries in simple syrup //

How to Make Sugared Cranberries

Make simple syrup. Make a simple syrup of equal parts sugar and water over medium heat. Once the sugar has dissolved in the syrup, you stir in the fresh cranberries. Remove the cranberries from the simple syrup using a slotted spoon.

Cranberries on a wired cooling sheet.  //

Dry the cranberries. I like putting them on a wire rack set over a parchment-lined baking sheet. That way, the parchment catches any of the drops of the simple syrup for super easy cleanup!

You’ll let the cranberries dry until just tacky on the wire rack. For me, this takes about 30 minutes.

Sugar added to cranberries //

Roll in the sugar. Then, working in batches, I roll the cranberries in a bowl with the remaining sugar.

Since the sugared cranberries are still a bit tacky from the simple syrup, the sugar easily adheres to them and leaves them coated in the sparkly sugar.

Cranberries have been rolled in sugar and placed atop wired rack over parchment paper //

Dry again. Once they are coated, I carefully remove them from the bowl of sugar with a slotted spoon and place them back on the wire rack to dry again.

Cranberries rolled in sugar on rack //

I love that the parchment paper-lined baking sheet catches all of the drips and excess sugar!

Bowl of beautiful Sugared Cranberries on grey stone background //

These cranberries are delicious to pop in your mouth as a sweet and sour treat if you like that sort of snack.

But once you make them, you’ll find all sorts of things to use them on as garnish – from cookies, cakes, and more!

I often make this beautiful garnish for serving on short toothpick skewers for my Warm Cranberry Pomegranate Cider and with my fresh Cranberry Sauce or Cranberry Orange Scones. Can you tell I love this festive berry?

Sugared Cranberries sparkle in bowl -  //

Here’s how I make my Sugared Cranberries. I hope you make them soon!

Sugared Cranberries Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Sugared Cranberries Recipe – These sparkly sugared cranberries come together quickly and easily with just two simple ingredients! Beautiful as garnish for cakes, cookies, cocktails, or to serve as a sweet, yet tart treat!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce bag) fresh cranberries


  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add the cranberries and stir until well coated. Transfer the coated cranberries, using a slotted spoon, to a wire rack situated over a baking sheet. Let dry until the cranberries are just tacky to the touch, about 30 minutes.
  • Working in batches, roll the cranberries in a bowl of the remaining sugar until well coated, return to the wire rack and let dry completely.
  • Roll the cranberries in the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar until well coated; let dry for at least 1 hour.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.


Makes about 2 1/2 cups.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

Photo collage with Sugared Cranberries  //

From the Add a Pinch Recipe archives. Originally published in 2017.

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  1. Cam says:

    The simplest recipes are the best.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Yes! These are beautiful for the winter and the holidays and taste so great too! Hope you enjoy them! Thanks!