Surgared Cranberries & Sparkling Cranberry Cups…A Holiday Visual on a Plate!

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year…the chill is in the air, the Christmas trees are going up, and the lights are twinkling….and of course, there is the food!  My latest holiday food obsession is Sugared Cranberries.  Not only are they so easy to make, but they are delicious and absolutely beautiful on the plate!

Sugared Cranberries

These little beauties have a wow factor on their own but can even make ordinary little cupcakes stand out even more by placing a few on top.  I even like to throw a few in our champagne for some added flavor in sparkle!  The recipe is actually so easy that the hardest part to it is to actually remembering to let the soak in the simple syrup mixture (I call this Sugar Water) overnight.

Sugared Cranberries


  • 12 oz package fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 – 1/2 2 cups of SUPERFINE Sugar (depending on how sugary you want them)

Wash and lace the cranberries in a medium bowl and set aside.

Make a simple syrup by bringing the water and 2 cups sugar just to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Let the syrup cool for a few minutes and then pour it over the cranberries. If the syrup is too hot the cranberries will burst. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 6 hours).  Drain for 30 minutes.

Place the cranberries on a baking sheet toss them with the Superfine Sugar until they are well coated. Allow to dry for a couple of hours.  These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.



A beautiful bowl of Sugared Cranberries ready to pop in your mouth!

These tiny bursts of sweet and tangy delight will be a hit with your whole family and if you can keep from eating them all, they are delicious in my next recipe…Sparking Cranberry Cups!


Sparking Cranberry Cups


  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Mini Phyllo Shells
  •  Brie Cheese Slices
  • Cranberry Jelly
  • Fresh Mint for Garnish


Preheat oven to 350.

Place about 1 teaspoon of Brie in each of the Phyllo shells.  Bake for 5 minutes or just until the cheese melts and fills the bottom of shell.  Allow to cool slightly.


Place a small spoonful of the cranberry jelly on top of the Brie.


Arrange 3 sparkling cranberries on top with a mint leaf to garnish.

Sparkling Cranberry Cups

Serve immediately.  A simple impressive appetizer that will wow everyone at your next holiday event!

Bottom Line:  These two recipes are too easy and delicious to pass up and it will seem like you put hours of effort into making them.  I won’t tell if you won’t!  I am Chef Frankie…always in the kitchen, having fun and  cooking with wild abandonment!

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