Sparkling Sugared Cranberries

If you find yourself with leftover cranberries hanging around, I have a super simple suggestion for you: make Sparkling Sugared Cranberries.  They are easy to make and a sweet treat.  The cranberries have a nice sugared shell on the outside while remaining juicy on the inside.  A fun snack, indeed!  I cut the recipe in half and they still turned out beautifully.


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Sparkling Sugared Cranberries              Print Recipe Here

From myrecipes.com, Cooking Light, December 2003

Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup superfine sugar (if you don’t have this, just pulse granulated sugar in a food processor several times)

Directions

Add your granulated sugar and water to a medium saucepan and cook over low heat. Stir frequently until the sugar dissolves and becomes a syrup. Bring the syrup to a simmer without letting it come to a boil and then remove the pan from the heat. Add the cranberries and stir to coat. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours.

Drain the cranberries in a colander (reserve the liquid for a fantastic cranberry simple syrup). Add the superfine sugar to a shallow dish.  Add a few cranberries at a time to the superfine sugar and roll to coat them with a thin layer of sugar. Scrape off any clumps.  Once all of the cranberries are coated, transfer them in a single layer onto a baking sheet.  Allow to dry at room temperature for 1 hour.

Store the sugared cranberries in an airtight container for up to a week.

Add granulated sugar and water to a saucepan.

Add granulated sugar and water to a saucepan.

Bring it to a simmer over low heat.  Do not let it boil.

Bring it to a simmer over low heat. Do not let it boil.

Remove from heat and add your cranberries.

Remove from heat and add your cranberries.

Stir to coat.

Stir to coat.

Place in a bowl and cover in plastic.

Place in a bowl and cover in plastic.

After 8 hours, drain the cranberries.  Reserve the liquid, if you wish.

After 8 hours, drain the cranberries. Reserve the liquid, if you wish.

If you don't have superfine sugar, grind some up in a food processor.

If you don’t have superfine sugar, grind up some granulated sugar in a food processor.

Get your baking sheet,

Get your baking sheet,

Coat with sugar.

Coat with sugar.

Coat away!

Coat away!

Place on a baking sheet to let them dry for one hour.  Btw, I did a poor job removing sugar clumps...whoops!

Place on a baking sheet to let them dry for one hour. Btw, I did a poor job removing sugar clumps…whoops!

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