Easy Sugared Cranberries

Introduction: Easy Sugared Cranberries

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In this Instructable, I will show you how to make sugared cranberries. This candied cranberries recipe is incredibly easy to make with just three ingredients. All you need are cranberries, water, and sugar. They are a great snack to have around the holidays. If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started!

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Follow the super easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools


  • 12 oz cranberries (340g) doesn't have to be exact
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar, divided (400g)
  • 1 cup water (237ml)


  • Pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Sheet pan
  • Cookie rack

Step 2: Prep the Cranberries

Begin by rinsing the cranberries really well. Don't just take them out of the package and use them right away.

Step 3: Dissolve the Sugar

Now make a simple syrup. Add 1 cup of sugar and the water to a pot and put it on the burner. Set the heat to medium and then stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves, it will only take a few minutes. Don't bring it to a boil, it just needs to be warm enough to dissolve the sugar.

If it is too hot the liquid will split the cranberries and we don't want that.

Step 4: Soak/Coat the Cranberries

Now pour the simple syrup liquid over the cranberries. Give them a good stir making sure all the cranberries get coated well.

NOTE: Some people will soak the cranberries in the simple syrup overnight. If you do that, take a plate just smaller than the bowl and place it on top of the cranberries to weigh them down.

Step 5: Dry the Cranberries

Now use a slotted spoon or something similar, and scoop out the cranberries and place them on a wire rack in a sheet pan. The sheet pan will collect the drippings.

Arrange the cranberries so they are flat.

Allow them to dry for about an hour. They should get sticky, which will allow the sugar to stay coated on them.

Step 6: Coat, Dry, Eat

Now, add those cranberries to a large bowl of sugar. Use the other 1 cup of sugar. It can be a little less as well you will have some leftover.

If you have a lid for the bowl add that and give it a shake, otherwise use the spoon and scoop and stir the cranberries and sugar until well coated.

OR Place the sugar and cranberries in a ziplock bag and shake it. This works great too.

Then lay them out flat once again on the wire rack again and let them dry for about an hour. Then enjoy!

You can store them at room temperature.

**Print the recipe here if you like.

Step 7: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this short video tutorial.

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    Question 8 months ago

    Amazing. What is the shelf life once sugared?

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    Answer 8 months ago

    Thank you! They will last 2 to 3 days at room temperature and about a week in the fridge. :)


    8 months ago

    Hi Matt! These look nice!! Never had anything like it. What's the consistency like? Is it still fresh fruit like but sweet?

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    Reply 8 months ago

    Hello!! Thank you! They taste fresh with a slight sweetness. Just enough sweetness to cut the tartness a bit, but still a little tart. So yummy!