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Sparkling Sugared Cranberries With Maple Syrup

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Made with maple syrup, these sparkling sugared cranberries are super easy to make, look spectacular and taste delicious. The perfect Christmas snack!

sugared cranberries recipe

When the family is getting together at my house during the holidays, I always like to have bowls of nuts (like these Tamari roasted almonds) and candies (like these homemade turtles) around for people to snack on.

So when I saw these cranberries from Yummy Mummy Kitchen www.yummymummykitchen.com), I knew they would make the perfect addition to our holiday treats.

They are very easy to make (only 3 ingredients!), taste delicious and are a simple, elegant addition to a festive occasion.


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sparkling sugared cranberries ingredients

Here is your shopping list:

  • pure maple syrup
  • fresh cranberries
  • granulated sugar


sparkling sugared cranberries equipment
  • saucepan
  • large bowl
  • colander
  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet
  • liquid and dry measuring cups

How To Make Sparkling Sugared Cranberries

maple syrup in a saucepan

Pour 1 cup of maple syrup into a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat for 2 minutes.

Be aware that the syrup should be warm but not boiling. If it is too hot the cranberries will pop.

cranberries in maple syrup in a saucepan

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 2 cups of fresh cranberries.

Cover the cranberry/maple syrup mixture and chill in the refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours.

cranberries in a colander

Drain the berries over the sink, in a colander, for 15 minutes.

Cover a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper.

Put 1 cup of sugar into a large bowl.

cranberries and sugar in a bowl

Roll 4 to 5 berries at a time in the sugar, making sure they are coated on all sides.

sparkling sugared cranberries on a cookie sheet

Put the sugar-coated berries in a single layer onto the cookie sheet.

Then allow the berries to air dry until they are completely dry and the sugar is a little crisp. This will take about 8 to12 hours.

Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.

sparkling sugared cranberries on a cheese board with brie and some crackers

The berries look gorgeous if served as a treat in a crystal dessert glass placed on a side table for guests to help themselves.

Or as a festive addition to a cheese board.

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sugared cranberries recipe

Sugared Cranberries Recipe

These sparkling sugared cranberries are a tasty Christmas treat that looks spectacular in a bowl for snacking or as part of cheese board.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 1 day
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups


  • saucepan
  • large bowl
  • colander
  • parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • liquid and dry measuring cups


  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Heat maple syrup in a saucepan over medium-low heat until warm but not boiling, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the cranberries.
  • Cover and chill 8 to 12 hours.
  • Drain cranberries in a colander for 15 minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put sugar in a large bowl.
  • Add 4 or 5 cranberries at a time to the sugar and gently toss to coat.
  • Place the cranberries in a single layer on the paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the remaining cranberries.
  • Let stand until completely dry, which can take up to 12 hours.


  • Heat the maple syrup to warm but not boiling. Otherwise, the cranberries will pop.
  • Can be prepared 2 days in advance and stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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This post was originally published on December 3, 2020 but was updated with new content on February 20, 2023.

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