Candied cranberries can easily make your Holiday dessert, drink, snack or gift look festive in an instant. Taking a few minutes to prepare your own berries for celebration and gifting is worth your time and effort. It takes just a few minutes of cooking. The main chunk of time is for chilling these delicious berries before you sugar coat them.
Is A Candied Cranberries Recipe Labor Intensive?
With only three ingredients, these colorful berries couldn’t be simpler to make. You won’t even notice that you’ve been in the kitchen!
I like to prepare my candied cranberries ahead of time. The best thing is that you can make them and freeze. Actually, when the berries are frozen, they are so easy to use and to incorporate into your festivities and holiday menus.
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Basically, once you heat the cranberries in a maple syrup and after chilling them, you will leave the entire mixture in the fridge to cool and create a sticky coat around each berry.
The next day, you will take a few minutes to drain the cranberries and then coat the in cane sugar. I actually enjoy this process a lot. To me, it is magical how different ingredients can create a festive mood and holiday atmosphere. Cranberries certainly belong to such.
How Long Do Sugared Cranberries Last?
You can store sugarcoated cranberries in the refrigerator for a week. If you want to save a batch for your next party, I would place them in a bowl and into the freezer bag. This way, the berries will preserve the taste and shape when stored in the freezer up to a month.
If you want to freeze the coated berries more than one month, go ahead! Just keep in mind that sugar may come off more easily and many berries may look a bit tattered. But there’s nothing wrong in freezing these yummies.
I keep fresh berries frozen in the fridge for months to use when they are out of season.
Heat maple syrup in a medium saucepan jut until warm, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cranberries. Cover and chill 8-12 hours.
Place cranberry mixture in a colander over a bowl and let drain for 15 minutes. You can easily reserve the drained maple syrup for your other uses.
Place sugar in a shallow dish and gradually toss cranberries in syrup into the sugar to coat. I use a spoonful of cranberries to coat each time until they’re all gone.
Remove sugar-coated cranberries and place them into a dish lined with parchment paper. Let stand until completely dry for about 2 hours.
Pin How To Make Candied Cranberries for Your Holiday Cooking
I’ve been making candied cranberries for many holiday occasions and parties. Placing them in small bowls to be seen by everybody truly lifts the mood of the guests. Enjoy them with your desserts, drinks, salads and as a late night snack or late evening dessert.