Pass up traditional store-bought candy this holiday season and make your own. Impress your friends (and your foodie grandparents) with this easy-to-make candied cranberry recipe. All you need is water, sugar, and a bag of cranberries. You could even argue that they’re good for you, but you weren’t worried about that anyway.

Candied Cranberries

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 hours
  • Total Time:2 hours 5 minutes
  • Servings:10
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 bag cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cup sugar
Photo by Grant Sorbo
Photo by Grant Sorbo

Step 1

Rinse, drain, and dry cranberries and place in a large bowl.

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GIF by Grant Sorbo

Step 2

In a microwave safe bowl, pour 2 cups sugar and water and mix.

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GIF by Grant Sorbo

Step 3

Put in the microwave on high for 90 seconds. Stir and microwave again for 45 seconds or until all sugar has dissolved.

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GIF by Grant Sorbo

Step 4

Pour the simple syrup over the cranberries and coat. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

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GIF by Grant Sorbo

Step 5

Drain cranberries and spread them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cup of sugar, making sure all cranberries are coated.

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GIF by Grant Sorbo

Step 6

Let them sit at room temperature until they have dried out a bit and the sugar is crisp.

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GIF by Grant Sorbo