Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sugared Cranberries

Here's a great holiday recipe I found last year. It's so quick and easy! (If I had time to do this for Thanksgiving less than two weeks after having my baby, then surely you have time to make these too.)

All you have to do is make a simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water. Then steep the cranberries in the syrup overnight. The next day, drain them and roll them in some superfine sugar to coat. That's it!

I really like that the sugared cranberries aren't overly sweet. They're slightly tart since you're using fresh cranberries, and then the sugar balances out the tartness with just a little bit of sweet. If you don't have superfine sugar, just toss some regular granulated sugar in your food processor and give it a whirl.

These would be great for your holiday table next week, so give them a try!

Sugared Cranberries
from Cooking Light

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup superfine sugar

Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving steeping liquid, if desired. Place superfine sugar in a shallow dish. Add the cranberries, rolling to coat with sugar. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.

Note: The steeping liquid clings to the berries and helps the sugar adhere. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: about 1/3 cup)


  1. What an interesting recipe. I'll have to try them and how nice they would look as a garnish for one of my cocktails this week. I'm going to have to link back to you. :)

  2. These look delicious. And beautiful! They kind of look like sour skittles with the sugar coating lol but I bet they are so so much more tasty!

  3. these make a lovely garnish and a tasty snack. pictures of them also make terrific icons for people named grace. :)

  4. They look so perfect for the season! Merry Christmas!

  5. What a great recipe! I have never seen it or these before. Love it. These would be a great gift.

    Happy Holidays!

  6. i saw them making these on iron chef and i thought they looked cool. the judges loved them and I didn't realize how easy they would be to make! totally gonna give them a shot, i still have some cranberries in the fridge

  7. So pretty yet yummy. I love the tartness of cranberries.