Candied Cranberries





Introduction: Candied Cranberries

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I love cranberries, but dang, they can be hard to eat on their own. So I decided to candy ALL THE CRANBERRIES! This method of preparing them turns them into an absolutely delicious snack or dessert. As a bonus for making candied cranberries, you get cranberry simple syrup too. BAM

Step 1: Ingredients

  • one 12 oz bag fresh cranberries, picked through and any bad ones removed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 additional cup of sugar for rolling the cranberries in

You'll also want some baking sheets or parchment paper and a small saucepan. And something sharp to prick the berries. I'm using a toothpick.

Step 2: Make the Simple Syrup and Prick the Berries

Combine the 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water over medium heat. Bring up to heat and stir occasionally, or until the sugar is entirely melted and the mixture is clear.

While the simple syrup is doing its thing, prick each cranberry with a toothpick or another small and sharp instrument.

(This sounds like overkill, but it allows the simple syrup to really penetrate the cranberries.)

Step 3: Combine and Let Sit Overnight

Depending on your storage situation, you can either dump the cranberries into the saucepan or put the cranberries into a container and pour the hot syrup over them.

Let the syrup cool for a bit, and then cover and put in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. I put a piece of plastic wrap over mine to make sure everything stayed submerged. :D

Step 4: Strain the Berries and Add to the Sugar

Strain the cranberries well.

Pour one cup of sugar onto a rimmed baking sheet and add the berries in small batches.

Step 5: Coat the Berries With Sugar

Roll the berries around in the sugar and shake off any excess by cupping them in your hands and bouncing them around. :)

Step 6:

Transfer the sugared cranberries to a piece of parchment paper and let them dry for at least an hour. They'll keep for a few days after making - just store at room temp!

Also, bonus - look at the pretty cranberry simple syrup you've got now. YEAH! :D The simple syrup will stay good for a couple months in the fridge - just keep it covered!



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Do you think this would work with frozen cranberries, if they where thawed first? fresh cranberries are hard to get in my part of Texas.

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You could also candy citrus peels like this, which is what I'm going to try tomorrow.....*mmmm* pink grapfruit, myer lemon & orange peels. Can't wait to taste the citrus syrup, which would be amazing mixed with this cranberry syrup! I'm drooling just thinking of the vodka concoction I could come up with using the syrup! Thanks to the op for the's got me thinking! :-D

I'm sure it would! You could probably even defrost them in the hot syrup. :)

Brilliant! Not only looks like it will be delicious but they really ARE gorgeous as well. Little ruby jewels, that will work great as an easy cake decorating option. Actually... I wonder. I make a dark triple chocolate cake - I bet using the syrup to soak the layers, perhaps a jellied layer between the cakes using more, color and flavor the buttercream with the syrup and decorate the top with these stunning little jewels scattered over the buttercream would result in something spectacular. AND it's currently cool enough to go play in the kitchen! Off to the lab once I send Igor to the basement to see how many bags of cranberries we have in the freezer.

These would be a good addition to my Honey Roasted Nuts Instructable.

OOOHHHH... I am so hungry now.

I signed up just to comment on this recipe. It's amazing! The cranberry simple syrup is outstanding on pancakes too. Thank you for sharing!

Have to try this. Any suggestions for how I could use the syrup?

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I use it for mixed drinks and to sweeten tea, but you can also brush it or pour it over cakes to give color and sweetness. :D

Bam, indeed. Excited to try this! I love cranberries and candy, why didn't I think of this?! Great!

I bet if you put them in a fruit dryer after that, they would keep for months (If you hid them well). Will have to try that soon.

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Cool idea BARKing! Would you happen to know how I could make a cheap fruit dryer?

I built a box with 1/4" plywood 3' tall and 1.5' x 2' square with the front built to slide in and out on tracks just by lifting. Wood strips on the inside of the sides every 4-6" to slide the drying racks in on. Drying racks are a simple frame with a plastic mesh screen stapled to it. A hole in the back side at the bottom to slip the face of a ceramic heater into. Top sides have a 4"x6" hole close to the front with a slider over them to control air flow. (doesn't need to be fast)

Thank you for your help! May I please ask, what is a ceramic heater?

A small space heater generally not much more than 8" square, my guess is $20-$50

No, you could probably make it work using a heat lamp or flood light, as long as your heat source is at the bottom.