Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is only six weeks away… Time to make sparkling Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries.

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I took my dog for a walk this morning and reveled in the clean crisp air, gingerly scented with decomposing leaves and pin needles.

I don’t know what it is about that earthy aroma that makes me so happy. Like a whispering woodland fairy, it always reminds me to start planning for the holidays. No time to waste.

Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries Recipe |

I always like to make Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries in preparation for the holidays.

Candied cranberries are extremely simple to make, and impressive at any Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years table.

How to Make Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries

Like nature-made Sour Patch Kids, candied cranberries are sweet and tart.

Plus they are so pretty!

Making Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries

How To: Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries

Just think of all the wonderful ways to use them:

  • Place them in a candy dish to be gobbled up by the handful.
  • Use as a fancy garnish for holiday pies, cakes, or savory dishes.
  • Fill martini or champagne glasses with them to decorate your holiday table.
  • Place them in little tins or gift bags for small edible gifts.
  • One more bonus, the leftover vanilla-orange simple syrup absorbs the essence of cranberry, so save it for irresistible holiday cocktails.

Brilliant Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries

Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries are a must-make this holiday season.

Just soak the berries in vanilla orange syrup, then shake in sugar. Viola!

Dazzling Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries


Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries Recipe |
5 from 4 votes

Vanilla Orange Sugared Cranberries

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Easy Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries Recipe, perfect for snacking, edible gifts, dessert garnishes and cocktails!
Servings: 12 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Orange Sugared Cranberries
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 255
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 63g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 4.6%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 3 ¾ cups sugar, divided
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract or grand mariner
  • 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries, about 3 cups


  1. Combine 2 ½ cups of sugar, water, vanilla, and orange extract in a sauce pan. Heat over medium until the sugar has completely dissolved, but not boiling.
  2. Pour in the cranberries and stir. The hot syrup will loosen the skin, saturate the berries, and adhere to the berries over time. Cover the cranberries with a small plate to keep them mostly submerged. Then cover the pan and place it in the refrigerator over night.
  3. Place the remaining 1 ¼ cup of sugar in a rimmed dish. Strain the cranberries and place them in the sugar. Shake until they are completely coated. Carefully transfer them to a baking sheet to dry, about an hour.
  4. Once the sugar coating is hard, place them in an air-tight container and keep in a cool spot for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Don’t forget to refrigerate your Cranberry Infused Vanilla-Orange Syrup for cocktail time!

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97 comments on “Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries

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  3. Reganposted December 15, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply

    Any idea how many hours this needs in the fridge? Does it need 8? More? Thanks!!

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  5. Usnea Rulez!posted November 24, 2016 at 4:01 am Reply

    Just finished these up today, and they came out great! Using the left over syrup for cocktails! I think a bit of vanilla powder would make these pop just a bit more.

    Rating: 5
  6. Maria Lichtyposted November 23, 2016 at 10:09 am Reply

    Endless possibiliteis for these little beauties!

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  8. Jocelynposted December 8, 2015 at 6:54 pm Reply

    I made your recipe last year during Christmas time and they were a hit!! These cranberries are so gorgeous and delicious. I’m giving away mason jars full of these babies as little pre-Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  9. Sarah Wposted December 11, 2014 at 11:05 am Reply

    I made these last year and my husband ate them up! He even loves them so much he made a specific request for me to make them again this year. I’d call that a winner!

    Rating: 5
  10. Kacey @ The Cookie Writerposted November 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm Reply

    We absolutely loved these! I had to keep hands away from them because I wanted to decorate a cake using the cranberries(which turned out perfectly Christmas-y!)
    I did reduce the sugar quite a bit and decided to use Amaretto Liqueur, all working out wonderfully. Thanks so much!

    Rating: 5
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  12. kristaposted November 15, 2014 at 10:05 am Reply

    Using different colored sugars is fun with these. We love to use the golds and silver.

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  17. Jessicaposted December 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Just noticing the grams do not equal the cups via Google search. Google says 12oz is equivalent to 1.5 cups. But the ingredients say 12oz is about 3 cups. Please clarify. Was planning on making these. Thanks.

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  19. Eileenposted December 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm Reply

    These are so beautiful sparkling in the bowl! I made a batch and although they are a little too sour for me, my husband and son (big fans of Sour Patch Kids) love them! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  20. Gregposted December 29, 2011 at 10:43 am Reply

    Oh just saw these on Eat, Play, Love and can’t wait to try them!

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  22. Vanessa Cposted December 29, 2011 at 1:37 am Reply

    Not only beautiful to look at but an extremely user friendly recipe to make even for the novice of cooks. I will definitely be adding this to my recipe collection. Thank you so very much!

  23. deniseposted December 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm Reply

    love this idea never heard of candies cranberries,,, They sound yummy

  24. mjskitposted November 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm Reply

    I’ve always wondered if cranberries could be made into sweet berry bites and here you have it. This is just what I’ve been looking for. I bet it’s a bite of tart sweetness. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Laura @ Family Spiceposted November 30, 2011 at 9:27 am Reply

    Great idea! I’ve garnished cakes with candied cranberries before, but it required raw egg. And who would eat that?!

  26. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)posted November 30, 2011 at 8:33 am Reply

    Um, this is brilliant. I’m totally doing this!

  27. LondonEatsposted February 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm Reply

    What a great idea! I wish I had seen this in time for Christmas…but I just made some candied kumquats in syrup, so perhaps this is something I could try with them in the meantime. I’ve never wanted to try a Christmas recipe so early in the year. Well done!

  28. Taylorposted December 7, 2010 at 5:38 am Reply

    I've never had sugared cranberries…they sound delicious with the vanilla orange syrup! Perfect for the holidays!

  29. Fashion Meets Foodposted December 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm Reply

    this is the cutest idea! I am going out to the store right now and buying some cranberries so I can do this as well. I am your newest follower.


  30. Kristy {Sweet Treats & More}posted December 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm Reply

    Your cranberries are beautiful. I made some similar ones…mine got all clumpy! I'll have to try with orange and vanilla!

  31. Magic of Spiceposted November 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm Reply

    These are definitely pretty…wonderful flavors :)
    I just finished a cranberry dessert last night, these would have been lovely on the side :)

  32. Nirmalaposted November 15, 2010 at 2:36 am Reply

    These ares stunningly simple. Now I just have to find fresh cranberries.

  33. The Mom Chefposted November 15, 2010 at 2:36 am Reply

    Wow…when I first saw the title, I have to admit that I wasn't interested, thinking that it would be raw cranberries. But the bath in the hot simple syrup would make them perfect. You're a genius.

  34. 5 Star Foodieposted November 15, 2010 at 2:29 am Reply

    Such pretty cranberries! The vanilla and orange flavor sounds excellent for sure!

  35. M @ Betty Crapperposted November 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm Reply

    These are so pretty and festive. I wonder how much like sour candy they taste like.

  36. Heavenly Housewifeposted November 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm Reply

    What a wonderful flavour! These would be so beautiful on top of a cake as a decoration. It would be so pretty!
    *kisses* HH

  37. honeybeecooksjackfruitposted November 14, 2010 at 6:08 am Reply

    Wow so festive! Great idea.

  38. j e t s e t WISDOMposted November 14, 2010 at 4:49 am Reply

    You just helped me decide what to make for my (helpful) gate agents and flight attendant friends, while flying during the holiday season. I'm thinking in baby jelly jars, wrapped in striking burgandy toile with a little velvet ribbon! Love!!!!!

  39. Cake Duchessposted November 14, 2010 at 3:46 am Reply

    This photos is gorgeous! I want it to be my Christmas card. Can you photoshop in my kids? Delicious! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  40. WizzyTheStickposted November 14, 2010 at 3:29 am Reply

    These are so beautiful. No cranberries her ebut excited to try this with other fruit

  41. Shirleyposted November 14, 2010 at 2:48 am Reply

    These are gorgeous! I'd hesitate to eat them at someone's house… they look like they're meant to be admired.

    • Toniposted November 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm Reply

      I made these for an event and I will be disappointed if no one eats them. They are delish!

  42. thespicegardenposted November 14, 2010 at 1:06 am Reply

    Haha! I see someone else is going for Christmas and holiday posts! In our house, we laugh when someone breaks the 'pre-Thanksgiving ban on all things Christmas'. BUT… yesterday, I baked a beautiful little spice cake and decked it out like Christmas… look on The Spice Garden! To great minds, Sommer! Cranberries and sugar decked cakes … deck the halls!

  43. Torviewtorontoposted November 14, 2010 at 12:19 am Reply

    delicious way to eat cranberries

  44. homepodgeposted November 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm Reply

    They look beautiful and I bet they taste even better… and the cranberry infused syrup would make a delicious addition to some iced tea!

  45. Chef Dennisposted November 13, 2010 at 9:29 pm Reply


    those cranberries look amazing and are so simple to make!! I can't wait to try them!! Thanks so much for passing along this wonderful creation!

  46. [email protected]posted November 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm Reply

    I too make sugared cranberries for a holiday garnish. Yours looks so festive!