i really love cranberries, but you can only eat so many cranberry muffins/scones/etc before you get sick of them. i decided to make candied cranberries because you skip having to make baked goods – they take very little effort. 😀
one of my instructables coworkers, renee, says they’re like sour candy, and i agree! they’re really refreshing to eat. i think they’d be a great snack at a holiday dinner!
this is also the time of the year to get your cranberries – they’re available both fresh and frozen right now, so stock up.
- one 12 oz bag fresh cranberries, picked through and any bad ones removed
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 additional cup of sugar for rolling the cranberries in
(if you want to go allllll out, grab a toothpick to prick the berries with)
your first step is to combine the two cups of sugar and water and bring it to a boil over medium heat. while that’s happening, prick each cranberry with a toothpick. (this may seem like overkill, but i really do think pricking them gets them a little softer and sweeter!)
once your simple syrup is clear and hot, turn off the heat. either dump the cranberries into the pot, or put them in a heat proof container and pour the hot syrup over. you’ll want to let this sit overnight if you can!
i put plastic wrap over mine before i put the lid on to keep all the berries submerged.
the next morning, strain the cranberries. pour a cup of sugar onto a rimmed baking sheet and roll around small batches of the berries until they’re nicely coated. once coated, transfer to a piece of parchment paper and let dry for at least an hour.