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orange sugared cranberries in a white ramekin with orange slice on the side

Orange Sugared Cranberries

Orange Sugared Cranberries are an easy sugared cranberries recipe with only 3 ingredients.  They're tart, sweet and a festive addition for holidays and gatherings!

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 ounces fresh cranberries rinsed and picked through
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest


  • Place a large wire rack over a baking sheet and set aside.
  • Place ½ cup of the granulated sugar in a saucepan with the water. Heat over medium low until the sugar dissolves. Add the cranberries and stir until well coated, and using a slotted spoon, place on the wire rack. Let stand 1 hour until dried.
  • Place the remaining ½ cup granulated sugar in a medium bowl and toss with the orange zest until thoroughly combined. Roll the cranberries in the sugar until well coated and place back on the wire rack and let stand for another hour or so at room temperature to dry.
  • Store the cranberries at room temperature loosely covered for 2-3 days -- if you place in an airtight container the sugar will dissolve. Enjoy!


  • You will have some simple syrup left, which you can save for cocktails, smoothies, etc. Simply store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • You may also have some orange sugar leftover, which is delicious in whipped cream or baking recipes.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 55kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 12mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 9IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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