Raw Sugared Cranberries

Season’s Greetings!

Who doesn’t love a beautiful, festive looking cocktail around the holidays. With only three ingredients you can make some gorgeous candied cranberries to use as your garnish to cocktails and special dishes.

They give a little tang and sweetness to those special holiday drinks. They are so easy to make with sugar, water and a bag of fresh cranberries, they are sure to put a smile on your guest’s faces and help you get through the holidays a little easier.

Make sure to use parchment or wax paper on your tray, and that they are nicely settled in a single layer so they don’t stick together. You want to make sure they’re dry and the sugar is stuck to your cranberries before you store them in a container in a container in a cool dry place. They should last for up to a week, but I doubt they’ll you’ll be able to hold onto them for that long!

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Raw Sugared Cranberries

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author TFK


  • 1 bag Fresh Cranberries
  • 2 cups Sugar in the Raw (regular sugar is great too!)
  • 2 cups Water


  1. Add 1 cup sugar and water to pot. Heat and stir on medium until sugar is dissolved.

  2. Once sugar is dissolved, remove pot from heat. Add bag of fresh cranberries and stir to make sure all the berries are equally coated. Let sit in the pot for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Use slotted spoon to transfer cranberries to parchment paper lined tray or cookie sheet. Be sure to keep berries in a single layer so they don't stick together. Let cranberries dry for about 1/2 hour.

  4. Once cranberries are dry, pour remaining 1 cup of sugar over the berries and stir gently to coat.

  5. Let the sugared cranberry mixture sit on the tray until dry, about 1 hour.

  6. Transfer dried sugared cranberries to a container and store them in a cool dry place. They should hold up to a week.

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