Spiced Sugared Cranberries

When you sugar coat something, it becomes less bitter. True in life and true with cranberries! Sugared cranberries are one of my favorite things to make during the holidays. Each gorgeous little globe is a tart sweet treat that pops perfectly in your mouth, releasing just a bit of cranberry jelly. Delicious. And, they are incredibly easy to make. This year, I made them for Thanksgiving and for the first time, spiced the simple syrup with cinnamon sticks and rosemary which added a great depth of flavor to the cranberries. You can flavor your simple syrup with anything you’d like, so flirt with flavors that are calling to you! Orange peel, cayenne, mint, ginger—let your cravings be your guide so your sugared cranberries can be a reflection of you and your incredible taste. 😉

These can also be a great DIY gift, however, the cranberries get a bit wet when stored, so do attach a little tag directing the person to set them on a cookie sheet to “crisp up” or dry for an hour or so before serving. Enjoy and have a delicious holiday season!

Spiced Sugared Cranberries


    3 cups sugar
    3 cups water
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1 teaspoon whole cloves
    2 sprigs rosemary
    3 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
    1 1/2 cups white sugar


    Combine sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Place cranberries in medium bowl and pour simple syrup over top. Cover and refrigerate for 24-48 hours. Drain cranberries. You can reserve the spiced simple syrup to make fun cocktails and mocktails after you strain out spices.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Place sugar in a shallow dish an gently toss strained cranberries to coat. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet and let stand at room temperature for 1-2 hours or until dry.

Serve these festive gems at a cocktail party with bowls of nuts, place them on the dessert table, or garnish cocktails with them. And, they are addicting, so make sure to save a small bag for yourself! 😉


One comment

  1. K. Jones

    So happy you included this recipe – these are awesome, addicting and make a great hostess gift.


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