Holiday Tips From The Kitchen: Candied Cranberries

“There’ll be parties for hosting…”

Tart and sweet, these candied cranberries make a great addition to holiday appetizers and drinks!

Note: Makes 1 cup.

Candied Cranberries



  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh whole cranberries
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar


  1. Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, the syrup comes to a low boil and thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
  2. Add cranberries and stir to coat. Allow to cool several hours or cover and refrigerate overnight in the syrup.
  3. Strain cranberries, reserving the syrup.
  4. Place superfine sugar in a shallow bowl. Toss cranberries until coated. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet to dry for one hour. Cranberries can be made 3 days in advance. Keep refrigerated in an airtight storage container until ready to use.

Recipe Tips:

  1. Flavor the superfine sugar with orange zest or fresh grated ginger before coating the cranberries.
  2. Use the cranberry simple syrup to flavor drinks (see recipes below).

Vodka Cocktail

  • 3 Tablespoons cranberry simple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons vodka
  • 1/2 cup seltzer

Wine Cocktail

  • 1 Tablespoon cranberry simple syrup
  • 6 ounces dry white wine or sparkling wine

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