Sugared Cranberries (Easy Recipe) –

Sugared Cranberries are so festive and are an easy way to dress up desserts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Candied cranberries have just 3 ingredients and will make any dessert sparkle.

Sugared cranberries recipe in red dish

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We love cranberries for the holidays from Cranberry Sauce to Sparkling Cranberry Punch and of course Cranberry Cake. They make everything more festive and these sugared cranberries are such a treat.

What are Sugared Cranberries?

Sugared cranberries are essentially candied cranberries, dipped in a simple syrup of sugar and water then rolled in sugar until well coated. This recipe only requires 3 ingredients and it’s easy to scale the recipe up or down.

Ingredients for sugared cranberries

The Best Sugar for Cranberries: We love granulated sugar because it gives the cranberries an even coating, but you can also use cane sugar.

How to make Sugared Cranberries:

  1. In a medium saucepan, simmer 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar for 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in cranberries to coat then remove from heat and stir another 1 minute.
  3. Remove cranberries with a slotted spoon and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet or rack and dry out for 1 hour
  4. Roll sticky cranberries in remaining sugar to coat.
step by step how to make sugared cranberries

Tips for making sugared cranberries:

  • Rinse and dry the cranberries. The syrup will stick better to dry cranberries and you don’t want to incorporate excess water into your syrup.
  • Simmer syrup on low heat for 3 minutes after it’s come to a boil. You want the sugar to fully dissolve and form a slightly thickened syrup for coating cranberries.
  • Fully Coat the cranberries in the syrup. I like to stir them for a minute off the heat.
  • Remove Cranberries before they burst. You don’t want them to release their juices or soften.
Cranberries rolled in sugar to make candied cranberries

Can I eat candied cranberries?

Sugared cranberries are edible. They are sweet, tangy, and delicious. Raw cranberries can be very tart on their own but once they are coated in that sweet syrup and a layer of sugar, they almost taste like candy.

How to serve cranberries in sugar:

  • Snacking – Sugared Cranberries are great for snacking and look amazing on a holiday cheeseboard.
  • Garnish – Try them over a Cranberry Cake, or scatter them on Pumpkin Pie or a cooled Apple Pie.
  • Decorate Main Dishes – decorate the serving platter of your Baked Ham or Prime Rib.
  • Make Desserts Festive – Decorating Vanilla Cake or Cupcakes with sugared cranberries will instantly make them look Christmasy and festive.
sugared cranberries recipe served in red bowl

What can I do with the sugar syrup?

You can discard the sugar syrup or make great use of it to:

Storing sugared cranberries:

Store cranberries covered at room temperature in a cool, dry environment for up to 2 days.

If the sugar starts looking moist, you can re-roll them in a little more sugar to freshen them up.

Sugared cranberries stored in a bowl

More Holiday Desserts:

Sugared Cranberries (Easy Recipe)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Resting Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

sugared cranberries recipe in red bowl

How to make easy sugared cranberries with just 3 ingredients. These candied cranberries are perfect for decorating cakes, pies, and even holiday roasts.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk

Skill Level:


Cost to Make:



candied cranberries, sugared cranberries




Dessert, snack

Calories: 108 kcal

Servings: 12 people (makes 3 cups)

  • 1/2
  • 1 1/2
    granulated sugar
  • 3
    fresh cranberries
    rinsed and dried
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and let it simmer on low heat for 3 minutes.

  2. Stir in the cranberries to fully coat in the syrup then remove from heat and stir 1 minute.

  3. Remove cranberries with a slotted spoon and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet or a metal rack to let cranberries dry out for 1 hour.

  4. Roll in remaining 1 cup sugar to coat

Nutrition Facts

Sugared Cranberries (Easy Recipe)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 108
Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g2%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 1mg0%

Potassium 21mg1%

Carbohydrates 28g9%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 26g29%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 15IU0%

Vitamin C 3mg4%

Calcium 2mg0%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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