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Here is a quick and easy recipe on how to make sugared cranberries for a great holiday snack and to add to holiday desserts and drinks.

mason jar cranberries

Welcome to the December Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures.

The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

This month, I chose to make sugared cranberries. I have no idea why I’ve never made them before.

They are so easy to make and did I mention how delicious they are?

They also can be used to garnish a pretty Christmas cocktail and desserts.

I made a big batch to bring to my sister’s on Christmas Eve and smaller mason jars for my daughter to give to her co-workers.

Here is the pin I first saw on Pinterest.

How To Make Sugared Cranberries



  • 2 Cups of Cranberries
  • 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
cranberries in syrup


  • In a medium saucepan make a simple syrup by mixing 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
simple syrup

  • Add 2 cups of fresh cranberries, 1 cup at a time, to the saucepan. Stir the cranberries to coat them in the simple syrup.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the cranberries from the simple syrup.

  • Place the cranberries on a wire rack set over a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining cup of cranberries. Let them dry for 1 hour.
cranberries drying

  • Add 1/3 cup of sugar to a pie plate, then add 1/3 of the cranberries.
sugar cranberries

  • Shake the pie plate gently in a back and forth motion until the cranberries are covered.
sugared cranberries on plate

  • Let the cranberries dry an additional hour. 
small mason jar of cranberries

Aside from the drying time, these take about 15 minutes to make.

Add a cute gift tag and bring a few as hostess gifts or give to neighbors.

You have a “sweet” homemade gift to share!


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Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz • Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Julie – Sum of their Stories Lisa – Blogghetti 
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Debra – Shoppe No. 5
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Terri – Our Good Life
 Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey
 Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Kristie – Teadoddles • Marie – The Inspiration Vault
Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen • Pili –My Sweet Things
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom 
Alexandra – Eye Love Knots
Lauren – Mom Home Guide • Susan – Suzerspace
Marci – Stone Cottage Adventure • Bri – Halfpint Design

What’s Next:

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50+ Ultimate Collection of Holiday Recipes

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Monday 31st of December 2018

I've done this with nuts but would not have thought to try cranberries. They look delicious!


Monday 31st of December 2018

They look like little jewels in the jar don't they, what a lovely gift idea. Any idea how long they last? Probably not long in our house!


Saturday 22nd of December 2018

This is so pretty and festive. What a nice treat to receive.

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