How To Make Sugared Cranberries- just 3 ingredients to make these beautiful cranberries! Perfect for topping desserts or even a little snack on the side this Christmas!
With Christmas days away, I thought a quick tutorial for sugared cranberries was exactly what you might need. I know your to do list is a mile long, so why not a quick recipe for sugared cranberries that will be the perfect topping for that pumpkin pie or turned into a quick appetizer. Maybe even a cocktail with these beautiful sparkling babies?
I actually made a fun cupcake recipe for you for New Year’s Eve, but you are going to have to be patient for that. I know, I’m evil. 🙂
What Are Sugared Cranberries?
First we should probably make sure we are all on the same page, just what are sugared cranberries or sparkling cranberries as I’ve seen them be called as well. Sugared (or sparkling) cranberries are cranberries that have essentially been rolled in sugar TWICE. The first time in a sugar water mixture that has been heated over the stove. Then the cranberries are left to dry on a cooling rack. After they have dried about a half hour, they are rolled again in sugar. The first coating of sugar makes the cranberries super sticky which allows the sugar crystals on the second roll to adhere, making them all sparkly- hence the name.
What Are Sugared Cranberries Used For?
Just about anything you can dream up! I’ve seen them used for appetizers to drinks to desserts! Heck, they even make a tasty snack. A little sweet and tart all at the same time. What’s not to love. If you need some inspiration, I rounded up some recipes for you below that I discovered on Pinterest.
Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites (The Yummy Mummy Kitchen)
Sugared Cranberry Ginger Mimosas (The Cookie Rookie)
Orange Spice Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Sugared Cranberries (Baking A Moment)
Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Sugared Cranberries (Creative Culinary)
How Do You Make Sparkling Sugared Cranberries?
I broken down how to make these sparkling babies in a few simple steps with step by step photos!
Step 1: Heat 2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan until boiling. Allow the mixture for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Add in your 12 ounce bag of cranberries and remove from the heat. Stir the cranberries in the sugar water.
Step 3: Spread your cranberries onto a cooling rack set over a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Allow the cranberries to dry for 30-45 minutes.
And there you go! Sparkling Sugared Cranberries ready for the party! And don’t forget to pin this recipe for later!
Happy Holidays everyone!
- 2 cups sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup water
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1. In a medium saucepan combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
- 2. Add in your cranberries and stir. Remove from the heat. With a slotted spoon, remove the cranberries to a cooling rack set over a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Allow to cool for about 1 hour.
- 3. Roll the cranberries in the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar. until well coated. Allow to dry again for 1 more hour. Enjoy!