It’s day 13 of my 24 days Christmas Recipe posting marathon. If you like cranberries, you will want to try this easy sweet/tart recipe on how to make sugared cranberries. These delectable morsels are a perfect holiday snack and look very Christmassy. You will never be able to eat just one. The frosted cranberries add a wonderful contrast to a cheese board and are a great alternative to roasted nuts. Not only that, packaged in an attractive holiday tin, they make perfect hostess gifts. Your friends will never guess how easy they are to make.
And, the best part, there are only two ingredients: fresh cranberries and sugar.
How to Make Sugared Cranberries
To get started, combine 2 cups granulated sugar with 2 cups water in a medium-size saucepan over low heat. Stir just until the sugar dissolves and remove from the heat. (Do not let the water boil or get too hot, or your cranberries will burst when added.) Add your rinsed cranberries.
Immediately pour into a bowl. Put a plate or another bowl on top of the berries to keep them from floating and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or better yet overnight.
In the meantime, put 1 cup of granulated sugar in your food processor fitted with a steel blade, or your blender. Process for 1 minute to turn your granulated sugar into superfine sugar. Put in a gallon plastic storage bag. Drain your cranberries and add to your bag with the sugar in small batches.
Shake to evenly coat the cranberries and spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper.
Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or until dry. But, don’t do what I did! I was in a hurry, and thought I was being really smart to heat my oven to 100 degrees and then turn it off. I thought this would be a great place to dry my cranberries quickly. Unfortunately, over half of them burst open….. whoops! I should have known better! The good news is they were still delicious, they just didn’t look as pretty as they should have.
Store your dry sugared cranberries in an airtight container for up to 1 week. That is, if they last that long!
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