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Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Simple Syrup

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Last Updated on June 2, 2023 by The Noms

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.

Sugared Cranberries in a white bowl, ornaments in back

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Sugared cranberries in a bowl with flowers and Christmas oranaments in the backgroundSugared 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 backgroundWhat Ingredients are Needed for the Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Simple Syrup?

  • cranberries
  • sugar
  • water


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!

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Sugared Cranberries in a white bowl, greenery and Christmas ornaments behind
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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 fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar


Combine 2 cups 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 7.3gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 6.9gProtein: 0g

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Wednesday 20th of December 2017

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.

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

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!


Monday 28th of December 2015

A cool idea! Pinning for next year.

The 'Noms.

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

Thanks so much! Hope you can enjoy them next year!

Angelique Campbell

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

These look absolutely amazing!

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Thank you!

laci carlson (@CarlsonLaci)

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Heck yea this is amzing I will definitely be trying these

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Thank you! They are pretty yummy!

Krista Williams

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Yum! What a brilliant idea!

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Thank you!

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