Total Time
10hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 hrs

I wasn't sure how bitter, raw cranberries could turn into this tart-sweet holiday treat. They would be great year-round; however, you must start with fresh cranberries. The following is the original recipe. I had a 7.5 oz pkg of organic cranberries, so I reduced everything by a third. I also only had the ground versions of the cinnamon and cloves. It stilled turned out great, but I would use the whole versions next time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine cane sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and 3 cups of water in saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into a glass bowl, and stir in cranberries. Cover, and refrigerate 8 hours.
  4. Drain cranberries. Reserve liquid, straining out cinnamons sticks and cloves, for use as a syrup to add to Cosmos or Cape Cods.
  5. Toss cranberries with superfine sugar in large bowl until coated.
  6. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Let dry 2 hours.
Most Helpful

Yummy! To coat them I used about half cane sugar and half powdered sugar. I put them in the sugar in small batches and tossed them with forks and used a strainer spatula to shake off the extra sugar. They looked amazing and not clumpy! Plus, I kept my hands clean. I also soaked them for about 12 hours, just out of personal timing.

pitterpat4353 November 25, 2009

How neat! These were wonderful! The syrup creates a nice crunch once it dries, and it pops in your mouth. I discovered that it was easier for me to drop the cranberries into the superfine sugar (I used powdered), toss to coat, then put them in a small strainer and shake all the excess sugar out. Then I could just dump them onto the baking sheet & they would still be pretty & round & not "clumpy". By the way, that picture by GaylaJ is GORGEOUS. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.

Feej January 24, 2008

These were great and very easy to make. I used granulated cane sugar for the both the boiling part and for the rolling in sugar. They had a nice frosted look to them. These are very good and I get requests for them every year! You should try them!!!

brian48195 December 24, 2014