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The Best Sugar Cranberries Recipe

My favorite Sugar Cranberries recipe is the perfect way to start the season celebrations together. In fact, this recipe is a treasured find from my first year of marriage, and a treat I have made for celebrations every year since. Not only are these sugar coated cranberries sweet and delicious, but they also add a festive flair to any party.

A pretty bowl of sugared cranberries will certainly brighten up any table. They also serve as a fabulous alternative to a floral centerpiece and can even be sent home in a little bag as parting favors.

I love the look of these sweet little treats so much I created a simply stunning Cranberry Dinner Party, where my cranberry love was spread throughout!

Sugar Cranberry Recipe

How to make sugar cranberries

Sugar Cranberries are one of my favorite go-to recipes, they are fun and easy to make! I love to gather up the family and make sweet memories while making this yummy recipe. All you will need is a large saucepan, sugar, water, and some fresh cranberries. They are super simple and oh so tasty!

If you don’t want the cranberry fun to stop there check out these 5 Easy Cranberry Recipes that are just as tasty and sweet.

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Sugar Cranberries

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Sugar Cranberries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 Cup
Calories 385 kcal


  • 2 Cups Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar


  1. 1. In a large saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring until dissolved.

    2. Turn off the heat and add cranberries, tossing to coat in syrup completely.

    3. Allow the cranberries to sit in the syrup for about 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack, allowing them to dry for 20 - 30 minutes.

    4. Pour sugar in a shallow dish and roll the cranberries in the sugar to coat completely. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment and allow to dry completely.

    5. Store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours. 

Nutrition Facts
Sugar Cranberries
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 385
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Make Sugar Cranberries

I love to use sprinkles mixed with sugar to give these cranberries an extra sparkle when preparing them for a celebration. They add a special little touch to any gathering and are sure to be a huge hit with all your guest! They are definitely a family favorite around here and a holiday tradition.

Over the years I have found several different ways to incorporate them into the menu, one of my all-time favorites was this Simple Cranberry Christmas Cake. The sugar cranberries added such a pretty detail to the cake. 

The Best Sugar Cranberries

So no matter the reason, these Sugar Cranberries are sure to impress all your guests. Holiday cheer to longtime tradition, I hold these sugary treats close to my heart. From holiday tradition to party decor these sugar cranberries are the perfect dash of sweet to any gathering!

Let us know in the comments below your favorite holiday recipe or yearly traditions are!

Photography credits Carly Taylor

PS. Last year I wrote a few words with cranberries, that was also a fun way to use them!



  • Natasha
    November 30, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I love this! Sweet and so pretty, i’m definitely doing this, I know my family will just gobble them all up :)

  • kirsty
    November 30, 2010 at 7:23 am

    lovely x

  • Nikki
    November 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I love the look of sugared cranberries! They look like they’re dusted in snow.

    Thanks for your comment. Love your blog!

  • Katie
    November 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I love that!

  • Michelle Torres
    November 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Yummy!!!!! I have to try this for sure like real soon!!!!!! These look so BEAUTIFUL, and I bet they are delish!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!


  • Lisa
    December 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you, thank you for sharing this! I want to do this FOR SURE. I’ve never seen this before but they’re so pretty.

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