Holiday Appetizer Idea: Sparkling Sugared Cranberries

Sugared cranberries are one of those fast, easy treats that look like they took a lot more effort than they did to make.

Don’t be intimidated by the times shown in the recipe—most of that is hands-off waiting time.

They’re also a festive, pretty addition to your tabletop—almost too pretty to eat!


– 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided – 1 cup water – 2 cups fresh cranberries


In a small saucepan over medium heat, dissolve 1 cup sugar in water.


Stir in the cranberries until well coated, then turn off the heat and let steep for about 30 minutes.


Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cranberries to a wire cooling rack to dry, about 1 hour. They'll be dry but tacky from the simple syrup.


Roll the cranberries in a bowl filled with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, then let dry for about 1 hour before serving.

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