Sugared Cranberries Recipe

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Add a pretty touch to your holiday drinks, dishes and even cheese boards. Sugared cranberries add a sweet and tart burst of flavor.

sugared cranberries

Sugared cranberries, a festive touch that is simple to make

Add a little sweet and tart burst of flavor to your holiday celebrations with these sugared cranberries.  They go great in holiday drinks, dishes and even cheese boards.All you need is a few simple ingredients:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Sugar
  • Orange juice (my preferred way, you can also use water)

Get creative

You can add rosemary, thyme, cinnamon and other flavors to the base of this if you want to add more flavor to these.

Make Sugared Cranberries As a drink garnish

I have a post for spiced cranberry gin fizz that these are perfect for. Linked here.

sugared cranberries for garnish
orange sugared cranberries

How long do sugared cranberries last?

Stored in an air tight container, they will last about a week in the fridge.

Can I freeze sugared cranberries?

You can, but I don’t recommend it.  If you do, the sugar crystals will dissolve. You will need to repeat the process or at least roll them in sugar again to get the same look.

sugared cranberries

Making sugared cranberries

The process is pretty simple. I’ve used orange juice instead of water to coat the cranberries because I like the brightness it adds.  You can use water in place of orange juice below, if you prefer.

Plan Ahead

The leftover syrup can be used in drinks or holiday punches. No need to let it go to waste. Here is a drink you can use the syrup in.

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sugared cranberries

Sugared Cranberries Recipe

Shilpa Joshi
Add a pretty touch to your holiday drinks, dishes and even cheese boards. Sugared cranberries add a sweet and tart burst of flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup sugared cranberries
Calories 830 kcal


  • small pan
  • slotted spoon


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar 1/2 and 1/2 kept separate
  • ½ cup orange juice


  • On medium boil orange juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Stir until it does. Let cool.
  • Add in cranberries to coat.
  • With a slotted spoon, drain cranberries from sugar syrup.
  • Roll in sugar to coat.
  • Set aside to dry, at least 1 hour.


Note: add rosemary, thyme or even cinnamon to the sugar syrup for more flavor!


Calories: 830kcalCarbohydrates: 213gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 248mgSugar: 210gVitamin A: 248IUVitamin C: 62mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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