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Orange Sugared Cranberries - A Family Feast

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.