Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Simple Syrup

In our mind, cranberries are the perfect accompaniment to the holidays and Christmas! These Sugared Cranberries are a great snack, a great garnish or a beautiful decoration for your holiday table!



Cranberries always have made an appearance for the holidays in our house. We love using the tart berry in relishes and treats like muffins, but we also like the way cranberry can impart some delicious flavors to drinks. With the holidays quickly approaching we wanted to come up with another way that would make some great seasonal treats using some cranberries, so we came up with these sugared cranberries.



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Sugared cranberries in a bowl with flowers and Christmas oranaments in the backgroundColander / Fine Mesh Strainer



Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Simple Syrup

This recipe is a perfect holiday treat using this classic holiday berry to make a great snack or a sparkly garnish for a cocktail. The contrast between the tart cranberries and sugary coating makes this snack pop in your mouth. The overpowering tartness of the cranberries are tempered by a soak in hot sugar syrup giving the berries a balanced sweet and tangy flavor, such as what we used in the Cranberry Sweet and Sour Cocktail.



 Sugared cranberries in a bowl with flowers and Christmas oranaments in the background

Mason Jars / Baking Sheet



Another great part of this recipe is the resulting cranberry simple syrup that is perfect for use in homemade sodas or other cocktails. Sweet with just enough tang from the cranberries, the syrup is a festive addition to lots of drinks!






Can Simple Syrups go bad?

They can get moldy if they sit too long. We encourage you to store it in the fridge in an airtight container but for no more than one to two weeks. We actually have a whole shelf of simple syrups in our fridge at any given time!






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Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
: 10 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
A great holiday treat for snacking or topping on holiday desserts. The simple syrup is perfect for Christmas and New Year's cocktails!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided


Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves.

Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. Don't boil or the cranberries may pop when you add them.

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, this is your cranberry simple syrup.

Store in an airtight jar or container in the fridge for up to a week.

Place 2/3 cup sugar in a shallow dish. Add cranberries, a few at a time, 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.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 7.3g Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 6.9g Protein: 0g


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43 thoughts on “Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Simple Syrup

  1. These look wonderful and so simple! My family loves cranberries so I just might have to test this recipe out
    ♡ Julia |

  2. How do you store the cranberries? I want to make a big batch and use some for cocktails Friday night and then top a cake with some on Saturday.

    1. We let them dry until the sugar hardens on the cranberries. After they have hardened up, we put them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge! We kept them about a week or so!

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