Dessert | November 25, 2019

The ULTIMATE and SPARKLIEST Sugared Cranberries

I’m COMPLETELY obsessed with sugared cranberries this year. They are so beyond beautiful I am using them EVERYWHERE. Now, I know this is basically a recipe that is super simple, and not much differs from one to the other- but I’ve discovered how to take the sparkly-ness up to another level. You will love the texture and frost of these sugared cranberries.

WHAT TO USE SUGARED CRANBERRIES FOR? 

Before I get to the top secret ingredient let me tell you all the different ways to use these.

  • Drink toppers
  • decorations
  • gift bags
  • on pies, or desserts
  • cheese platter or other charcuterie boards

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR CANDIED CRANBERRIES?

SUGAR

  1. plain ol’ white granulated sugar is fine.
  2. sparkling sugar or coarse sugar! This is the secret ingredient! This adds extra texture and extra sparkle. see below

ALSO you need a bag of cranberries

WHERE DO YOU FIND COARSE SUGAR OR SPARKLING SUGAR? 

You can find it at baking stores or online. The brand Im using is Bob’s Red Mill Sparlking sugar, but amazon has several different kinds. like THIS, THIS OR THIS

It’s beautifully large and sparkly. Perfect for pies, cookies and of course cranberries. I love this stuff.

HOW TO MAKE SPARKLY CANDIED CRANBERRIES

STEP 1: In a sauce pan heat up 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. You want it to become really hot but DO NOT BOIL!

If your water boils, or is too hot your cranberries will pop and begin to cook. Basically from there your making cranberry sauce, and you don’t want cranberry sauce. so DON’T BOIL THE WATER. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and steam is coming off the water.

ADD CRANBERRIES.

Using a slotted spoon or strainer remove cranberries from syrup.

Place on a rack and let dry for about 1 hour.

Try to space them out- they will be come super sticky and tacky to each other. which is ok, it just makes coating a little tricky. 

In a sheet pan, or some tray, place some parchment paper down and add about 1 cup sugar and 1 cup sparkling sugar (or coarse sugar).

Working in batches, place cranberries in sugar and roll around. Press firmly on sugar while rolling around.

I repeated this process just to give the cranberries an extra coat of sugar.

GIVE YOUR CRANBERRIES EXTRA SCENT OR FLAVOR

You can completely play around with the simple syrup to give the berries extra flavor and extra scent! Try adding a little extract and vanilla before adding cranberries

  • vanilla
  • orange extract
  • lime extract
  • coconut extract

FAQ about Sugared Cranberries

CAN I STORE SUGARED CRANBERRIES

yes! you can store them in an air tight container or bag. The sugar does begin to flake off as the berries move about, and after a few days the sugar will start to make the cranberries become a little soggy.

CAN I FIX THE CRANBERRIES IF THE SUGAR IS FALLING OFF?

yes! I’ve done this a few times haha. accidentally dropped it in the drink, or after sitting in the fridge pieces aren’t looking as good? Just roll them around in sugar again to help them last a little longer?

HOW LONG DO CANDIED CRANBERRIES LAST?

Stored in the fridge, in an air tight container they will last 3-5 days. It can depend on the freshness of the cranberries when you bought them too.

Sugared Cranberries
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Unicorn sparkly sugar cranberries!

Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied cranberries, sugared cranberries
Servings: 6
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sparkling sugar or coarse sugar
  • 12 oz bag cranberries
Instructions
  1. make a simple syrup by adding 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to sauce pan. on med/med-high heat heat water and stir until sugar is dissolved. When steam starts to arise, BUT DO NOT Boil add cranberries.

  2. Stir cranberries and coat well in simple syrup. Remove with a strainer or slotted spoon. (Can reuse syrup for drinks or other recipes like lemonade)

  3. Place cranberries on rack to dry for 1 hour.In a tray or cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper use dump remaining sugar on. roll cranberries around in sugar, pressing semi-firmly.

Recipe Notes

GIVE YOUR CRANBERRIES EXTRA SCENT OR FLAVOR

You can completely play around with the simple syrup to give the berries extra flavor and extra scent! Try adding a little extract and vanilla before adding cranberries

  • vanilla
  • orange extract
  • lime extract
  • coconut extract

If your water boils, or is too hot your cranberries will pop and begin to cook. Basically from there your making cranberry sauce, and you don't want cranberry sauce. so DON'T BOIL THE WATER. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and steam is coming off the water. 

FAQ about Sugared Cranberries

CAN I STORE SUGARED CRANBERRIES

yes! you can store them in an air tight container or bag. The sugar does begin to flake off as the berries move about, and after a few days the sugar will start to make the cranberries become a little soggy.

CAN I FIX THE CRANBERRIES IF THE SUGAR IS FALLING OFF? 

yes! I've done this a few times haha. accidentally dropped it in the drink, or after sitting in the fridge pieces aren't looking as good? Just roll them around in sugar again to help them last a little longer? 

HOW LONG DO CANDIED CRANBERRIES LAST? 

Stored in the fridge, in an air tight container they will last 3-5 days. It can depend on the freshness of the cranberries when you bought them too. 

 

WHAT TO USE SUGARED CRANBERRIES FOR? 

Before I get to the top secret ingredient let me tell you all the different ways to use these.

  • Drink toppers
  • decorations
  • gift bags
  • on pies, or desserts
  • cheese platter or other charcuterie boards
Nutrition Facts
Sugared Cranberries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Sugar 33g37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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