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Sweetened cranberries

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Sugared cranberries are so easy to make! You can consume them as a treat or use them to make any holiday treat look festive. They take every dish to the next level!

It’s the season for delicious holiday treats! Try this Yule Log Cake, this Christmas Star Bread or this delicious Cranberry Salsa. They will all bring you the Christmas cheer!

Sugared cranberries in a bowl.

Simple sugared cranberries

Did you know that sugared lingonberries aren’t just meant to make your holiday treats pretty? I mean, I know they definitely do! But if you brush the cranberries with this sugar mixture, they’ll taste delicious on their own. My kids are crazy about them and they are SO EASY to do! I can have a delicious and festive treat ready in less than an hour!

Cranberries are a tart fruit, but if you add a little sugar the taste is just right! Which makes them a little bit addicting! You might even want to double the amount just in case … it’s always better to have more than not enough, isn’t it ?? Not only do I love to just eat these, but you can add them to this Cinnamon Roll Wreath, this Christmas Wreath Charcuterie, or decorate them on this Yule Log Cake. They are perfect for them!

Ingredients for sugared cranberries

Trust me when I say an ingredient list isn’t that much easier. You only need THREE things! You can find the exact dimensions on the recipe card at the end of the article.

  • Fresh cranberries: These should be fresh cranberries (not frozen) for these recipes. Remember to wash them first!
  • Granulated sugar: This is what brings a sweet taste to offset the tart cranberries!
  • Water: You will mix some sugar and water to make a syrup that you can apply on top.

Let’s make some sugared cranberries!

It only takes 10 minutes to make! After that, all you have to do is soak them in all that sugar before you eat them! This is one of the easiest recipes to make all of the Christmas season!

  1. Wash: Rinse and check for bad berries and discard the fresh cranberries.
  2. Boil sugar and water: Put 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 2-3 minutes until all of the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the cranberries and let them dry: Remove from heat and pour in the cranberries. Stir the cranberries in the syrup until they are all well covered. Then use a slotted spoon to place them on a cooling shelf with a piece of parchment underneath. Let the cranberries dry for about 45-60 minutes.
  4. Throwing dried cranberries in sugar: Add the lingonberries in portions to the remaining cup of sugar and use more as needed until all the cranberries are well covered. Leave the cranberries on a piece of parchment for about an hour before serving.

4 pictures that show how to make a sugar syrup and coat the cranberries with it.

Quick tips

Here are a few quick and easy tips to make these sugared cranberries just right for you!

  • Don’t stack them too deep: If you are storing them it is best to use a laser container so they are not wrapped in one. The more they touch, the more the sugar dissolves!
  • Don’t skip the drying step! This part is so important! It helps the cranberries absorb all of the sugar syrup and makes them a little sweeter. Plus, you don’t want them to be too sticky when you end up adding the sugar coating. This helps them taste (and look) just right!
  • What do I use this for? Like I said, these are delicious enough to eat on their own! Or try adding them to this Yule Log Cake or Simple Charcuterie Board. Or you can even stick them on a toothpick and garnish a holiday drink! Get creative and use them for anything! The whole family will love them!

An enlarged shot of sugared lingonberries.

How to store leftovers

Sweetened cranberries keep well for 2-3 days at room temperature. After that, they start crying and get sticky! Just put them in an airtight container to store.

If you love cranberries like me and want to make them all year round, then this is what you should do! I think it’s so good! Here are some of my favorite and proven cranberry recipes that I love. You usually see them during the holidays, but I love doing them whenever I can. Try them all out!

  • Rinse and check for bad berries and discard the fresh cranberries.

  • Put 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 2-3 minutes until all of the sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and pour in the cranberries. Stir the cranberries in the syrup until they are all well covered. Use a slotted spoon to place them on a cooling shelf with a piece of parchment underneath. Let the cranberries dry for about 45-60 minutes.
  • Add the lingonberries in portions to the remaining cup of sugar and use more as needed until all the cranberries are well covered. Leave the cranberries on a piece of parchment for about an hour before serving. Sugared cranberries keep at room temperature for about 2-3 days before they start crying and become sticky.

Serves: 3

Calories562kcal (28%)carbohydrates146G (49%)protein1G (2%)fat1G (2%)Saturated Fat1G (5%)Polyunsaturated fat1GMonounsaturated fatty acids1Gsodium7thmgpotassium88mg (3%)fiber5G (20%)sugar137G (152%)Vitamin A60IE (1%)vitamin C13thmg (16%)calcium12thmg (1%)iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.

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