Candied Cranberries Recipe (Sugared Cranberries)

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How to make candied cranberries recipe

Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Candied Cranberries

Candied Cranberries are more of a Christmas tradition, but with the beautiful red and white colors, they make a great Valentine’s Day treat too. We also have more than 20 other Valentine’s Day Recipes you’re sure to love! If you are hoping to spread a little bit of love this year sugar-free we have several frugal and easy DIY Valentine’s Day ideas you can give without breaking the budget!

Now, if you had to ask my mom what kind of candy she most enjoys she would respond with two answers:

  1. Chocolate so dark it’s not even sweet any longer; and
  2. This recipe for candied cranberries!

These sugared cranberries give just the right combination of sweet and tart, which is a fun treat throughout the year. She even saves several bags of cranberries from Thanksgiving so she can make this throughout the year. This really is a simple treat to make and you’ll love the result – try it out this year and enjoy!

While you are working on these sweet treats, you can also get a few homemade Valentine’s day crafts ready as well! I especially love the wooden string heart sitting on the table by our front door!

How to Make Sugared Cranberries Easily in 3 Steps

candied cranberries steeping

Step 1. Steep the cranberries overnight.

making candied cranberries (sugared cranberries)

Step 2. Roll the cranberries in sugar.

candied cranberries covered in sugar

Step 3. Use a silicone baking mat to keep them from sticking and for easy cleanup!

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Eat your candied cranberries up quick!

Sugared cranberries are best if eaten within a few days so try not to let them sit for too long! Shouldn’t be a problem though as they’ll probably get eaten up pretty quickly!

For storage, all you need to do is store them in an airtight container, you don’t need to refrigerate them. Just make sure they stay dry. Enjoy!

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How to make sugared cranberries

How to make candied cranberries recipe

Candied Cranberries Recipe (Sugared Cranberries)

Easy 3-step candied cranberries.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4


  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 bag Cranberries


  • Dissolve sugar and water over low heat – bring to a simmer. (Don’t let it boil, but get it that “almost boiling” stage where the bubbles are just starting to form on the bottom of the pan.)
  • Take mixture off heat. Add one bag of fresh cranberries. Let steep in the refrigerator overnight (at least 8 hours). Drain off juice and then roll cranberries in granulated sugar. Let them sit out to “dry” on some wax paper (I use a silicon baking mat) for about one hour (in a single layer). Then you can transfer them to a tin or whatever. Just keep them dry. There is no need to refrigerate. These are best if eaten within the first few days


Calories: 1704kcal | Carbohydrates: 441g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 34mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 413g

Ingredients: Cranberries, Sugar, Water
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Gluten Free
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Stove Top

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