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Sugared Cranberries

Sugared Cranberries are an easy and delicious holiday treat. You can make them with just two ingredients and they make everything from cakes, cupcakes, and bars look so festive!

If you're looking for more holiday recipes, try some of my other favorites like my Eggless Sourdough Molasses Cookies, Peanut Butter Pretzel Christmas Crack, or my Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies.

sugared cranberries

Why You'll Love This Recipe

It is the time of year for cranberries! Cranberry season is fall into early winter. Most cranberries are harvested in the middle of September to the middle of November, making this fruit available on market shelves around the holidays.

Cranberries are a sweet and tart fruit. If you're eating them raw, the tartness will overwhelm the sweetness. If they're cooked, inside a jam, or dried then cranberries are usually pretty sweet. Sugared cranberries are something that is common around the holiday season. And covering these cute little red berries in sugar, makes eating them raw absolutely amazing!

Making Sugared Cranberries is really very simple! You only need two ingredients (sugar and water) in addition to the cranberries. The process is so simple, yet this decorative snack seems really fancy! I love topping cupcakes or cakes with sugared cranberries. Or, adding them to something simple like a cheeseboard makes them little sweet snack bites. They would also make a great addition to a holiday cookie box!

sugared cranberries

Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

sugared cranberries

Sugared Cranberries

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



Sugared cranberries are a holiday treat that is so easy to make. You can eat these plain as a sweet snack, serve as a garnish on charcuterie boards, or add as a topping to cakes and cupcakes.


  • 8 ounces (2 cups) organic cranberries

  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 113 grams (1/4 cup) organic cane sugar for rolling


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, add the cane sugar and water. Put over medium heat and allow the sugar to combine into the water. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
  • Add the cranberries into the simple syrup and coat them completely. Let them sit in the simple syrup for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the rolling sugar into a small bowl. Using a pasta spoon (or something that allows the excess simple syrup to drip off), transfer the cranberries to the the bowl with sugar and roll them to coat completely. Place on the prepared baking sheet (you can use a wire rack if you have one, but don't need to).
  • Allow to set until dried, about 20 minutes.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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