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Sparkling CranberriesWe love finding new traditions around here. We are on year 2 of making these Sparkling Cranberries from Southern Living. While they are perfect on their own, there are endless possibilities and ways to serve them around the holidays: Adorning baked brie, used on brownies or cakes, or in mini fillo cups…there are a lot of delicious possibilities!

These little jewels can be made ahead, we tend to make a big batch and they will chill in the fridge and we will bust them out whenever a festive urge hits…

Sparkling Cranberries
adapted from Southern Living
makes a little over 2 cups of cranberries
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar (can also use superfine sugar)
  • Parchment paper


  1. Cook maple syrup in a saucepan over medium-low heat 1 to 2 minutes. (Don’t let syrup get too hot or cranberries will pop.)
  2. Remove from heat; stir in cranberries. Cover and chill 8 to 12 hours. Place sugar in a large bowl or baking dish. Drain cranberries in a colander (about 15 minutes).  Feel free to save that syrup for later…don’t let it go to waste!
  3. Add 4 to 5 cranberries at a time to sugar; gently toss to coat. Repeat with remaining cranberries. Place cranberries in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; let stand until completely dry.