Sparkling Cranberries
December 20, 2011

I've made these beautiful delicious cranberries for the holidays for a couple of years now, ever since I saw them over on Heidi's blog. These pretty cranberries look like they might be just for decoration, but they're not - they are like eating candy.  I usually put them on my Christmas Eve buffet table.

They're so simple to make but you do need to start them the night before. 

Sparkling Cranberries 


for a printable recipe click here

adapted from 101 Cookbooks


2 cups cranberries
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup sugar for coating the cranberries (larger grain sugar looks prettier)

Place the cranberries is a medium glass bowl and set aside.



Make a simple syrup by bringing the water and sugar just to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Let the syrup cool and then pour it over the cranberries.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

I used turbinado sugar here, but regular white sugar, which I've used before,  looks more like snow

The next day, drain the cranberries and toss them with the sugar for coating - it's easier to do them in small batches.  Make sure they are well coated. Place the cranberries on sheet pans to dry for a few hours.  At this point, you can toss them with more sugar (even some smaller grained sugar) and let them dry more. 

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