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Sugared Cranberries Recipe (aka Candied Cranberries)

These sweet/tart Sugared Cranberries (aka Candied Cranberries) have a hint of vanilla flavor and a ton of sparkle and holiday bling! They’re very easy to make and a fun project to do with kids around the holidays.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Drying Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 95kcal



  • Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and then boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and cool slightly (1 to 2 minutes). Stir in the cranberries until they’re all coated well.
  • Use a slotted spoon or mesh sieve to transfer the cranberries to a wire rack on a baking tray, making sure they’re in a single layer. Let the cranberries dry until they feel slightly tacky, about 1 hour.
  • Roll the cranberries in the remaining 1 cup of sugar. Spread the cranberries out onto a large baking tray and let them dry completely, about 30 minutes.


  • Recipe Yield and Serving Size: This recipe makes about 3 1/2 cups of sugared cranberries, or 14 (1/4-cup) servings.
  • Storage: Store sugared cranberries in an uncovered bowl in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg