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Orange Sugared Cranberries - A delicious, citrusy twist on the classic sugared cranberry recipe.  The orange flavor is a great complement to the sweet-tart cranberries!

Our Orange Sugared Cranberries are an easy-to-make, sweet-tart treat and a delicious way to take advantage of fresh cranberries that are in-season and at your local supermarket right now!

Sugared cranberries have become very popular in recent years – and they make a pretty and festive garnish placed on top of holiday-season baked goods or skewered on a toothpick and added to a holiday cocktail!

Orange Sugared Cranberries - A delicious, citrusy twist on the classic sugared cranberry recipe.  The orange flavor is a great complement to the sweet-tart cranberries!

The sweetness of the sugary crust partially offsets the tart of the cranberries – and the result is an addictively good sweet-tart burst of flavor in your mouth!

We’ve put our own spin on this easy recipe – making ours orange sugared cranberries by adding the zest of an orange to the sugar before coating the cranberries. The citrusy orange smells fantastic and it is also a wonderful complement to the flavor of the cranberries!

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Orange Sugared Cranberries

  • Prep Time: 65 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Yield: 12 ounces


  • 1½ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • Zest from one naval orange (use a fine zester like this oneone !important; margin:0px !important;” />)


  1. Heat one half cup of water with one half cup sugar just long enough to dissolve sugar into water. Remove from heat and add cranberries. Stir to coat.
  2. Place a rack with small holes over sheet pan and with a slotted spoon, scoop out berries and set on rack in single layer. Discard water. Let them sit for one hour at room temperature.
  3. While the berries are drying, add orange zest to remaining one cup of sugar and blend in a small food processor until completely combined. The sugar will turn slightly orange. Pour this into a pie plate or bowl.
  4. Take handfuls of the now sticky berries and dredge in orange sugar to combine and transfer to a parchment lined pan.
  5. Let coated cranberries sit for one hour before eating or using to top your favorite desert. Discard any leftover sugar.

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  • Carmen wrote:

    I think the leftover sugar would be GREAT in oatmeal.

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh – great idea Carmen!!

  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes wrote:

    These are so very pretty and festive!

  • Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog wrote:

    These sound so good!

  • Lupe V. Castro wrote:

    Love all your pics, recipes and encouragement!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Lupe!!

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan wrote:

    I love a good bowl of sugared cranberries, but with orange? Yes please!!

  • Melissa from wrote:

    They look sooo wonderful!

  • Jeff the Chef wrote:

    I love sugared cranberries. Adding orange sounds like a great idea. Nice post!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jeff!

  • Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen wrote:

    omg stop it right now…that picture is TEASING me I want a HUGE bowl of those sugared cranberries…right now! LOVE!!!

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