Bring joy into your life with Sparkling Sugared Cranberries

These delightful Sparkling Sugared Cranberries make the most beautiful garnishes for pies, turkeys, cakes, bread, home decor and so much more!

Looking down on Sparkling Sugared Cranberries in a white ceramic bowl sitting on a white napkin and white marble counter.

These beautiful little Sparkling Sugared Cranberries are a cinch to make and can be used to decorate just about anything during the holidays!

How to Make Sparkling Sugared Cranberries

Getting the look of these cranberries involves a couple of different kinds of sugar. You’ll use regular granulated sugar and water to make a sugar-water syrup. Mix in the berries and let the mixture cool a bit.

Bright red Cranberries covered in clear syrup in a small soup pot.

After cooling enough to handle, separate the syrup and berries with a strainer. Place the sticky berries onto parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and separate them out.

Cranberries coated in simple syrup cool on a silicone baking mat.

I found that by mixing granulated sugar with the larger crystals of Organic White Sugar in the Raw, the sugar mixture covered the sticky berries beautifully and still gave me the sparkle I was looking for!

Syrup-covered red cranberries get their sugar coating in a bowl of mixed sugars.

Rolling the berries around in the sugar is tons of fun; if you have kids I’d definitely get them involved!

Sugared cranberries spread out on a silicone baking mat.
A close-up of Sparkling Sugared Cranberries in a white bowl.

Put these on cakes and pies, or use them as a beautiful garnish for your Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham! Enjoy the recipe and please click a rating star or leave a review to help support my blog. Thank you!

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Sparkling Sugared Cranberries


These festive and beautiful Sparkling Sugared Cranberries make a lovely garnish for just about any meal or holiday decor.


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar in the Raw (or substitute turbinado sugar)


  1. Place a clean wire cooling rack or a non-stick silicone baking mat on your work surface. Combine 1/4 granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high until the mixture reaches boiling point, then remove from heat and stir cranberries in the syrup. Allow the cranberries to sit in the syrup for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  2. Place a strainer over a bowl and pour out the syrup and cranberries. Place cranberries on your prepared wire rack or baking mat. Stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and Sugar in the Raw. Place a few berries in the sugar mixture at a time and roll around to coat, placing sugared cranberries back on the rack or mat. Repeat with remaining cranberries. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 3 days.

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  1. Lovely cranberries, beautiful garnish for Christmas cakes, after rolling in sugar these looks very crispy.
    This will make Christmas beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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