Not only do they look pretty to top your holiday drinks and desserts with, these Sugared Cranberries taste delicious too! You can just put them out as a snack for your holiday party!
Have you seen those frosted berries on top of smoothies and smoothie bowls all over Instagram? I love seeing those. They make the smoothies look oh so exotic and a work of art. While, that is more for the warmer months, these sugared cranberries are the winter equivalent of frosted berries and I just love love them!
They may look fancy, but do not get intimidated by them as they are just super super easy to make and you will be surprised.
How to make sugared cranberries?
This is seriously one of the easiest recipes that look so fabulous as if you need special skills to make them. But honestly, it is so very easy and I just cannot stress that enough.
Make simple syrup with equal parts water and sugar. Rinse and dry the cranberries. Dunk them in the syrup to coat well. Dry on a cookie rack for about an hour. Roll them around in sugar and let them dry on the cooling rack for another hour. That is it. As simple as that.
How do you store sugared cranberries?
I stored them in an airtight jar and left them out for two to three days and then refrigerated for another week or so.
If you are planning to take them out several times, I would store separately in small batches. Otherwise, I noticed that the sugar tends to fall off a little when you open the jar and pour out the cranberries. This is fine for the batch you are planning to use as all of the sugar wont fall off. But you don’t want to keep doing this to the cranberries.
How long do sugared cranberries keep?
If you are leaving them out, they will last for a couple of days. If in the refrigerator, they will last for up to a week or 10 days. They will last longer, but some of them may start to get crushed and soft and you will have to pick those out and throw away. You can use the ones that are still firm even after 10 days.
What to do with sugared cranberries? How to use sugared cranberries?
Sugared cranberries are great for garnishes for holiday cakes and desserts. You can skewer them into cocktail picks and garnish your cocktails with them. You can even just leave them out in a bowl as a snack for your guests.
They are also great to give away as gifts to friends and neighbors or to take with you as a host gift for a holiday party you go to!
- 4 cups fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2-3/4 cup organic unbleached sugar
- Place the 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a sauce pan over medium heat and let the sugar melt completely. Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, rinse and dry the cranberries thoroughly.
- Working in batches, dunk the cranberries in the simple sugar syrup and place them on a wire cooling rack placed on top of a baking sheet (this is to catch the drips).
- Let them dry for an hour or so.
- Pour the organic unbleached sugar in a shallow wide dish.
- Again, working in batches, add the almost dried and sticky sugar syrup coated cranberries to the sugar and roll them around in it, till it is coated well.
- Place them back on the cooling rack for an hour more to dry completely.
- Store in airtight jars for a couple of days and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.