Vanilla-Orange Sugared Cranberries

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It's that time of year again! Oh, how I love the holidays. Of course, time with loved ones is so special, but the food--the food is heavenly!  I love trying new recipes, especially dishes with a beautiful presentation.  This is a perfect dish to make for Christmas, but I made them for Thanksgiving, and they were delicious. 

3 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 3/4 cups water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. orange extract
1 (12 oz) bag of fresh cranberries


Combine 2 1/2 cups sugar, water, vanilla, and orange extract in sauce pan.  Heat over medium until the sugar has completely dissolved.  Make sure it does not boil. Remove sauce pan from heat. Pour the cranberries in and stir. 

Cover the berries with a plate so they will stay submerged in the syrup. cover the pan and place them in the refrigerator overnight. 

Place the remaining sugar in a rimmed dish. Strain the cranberries and place them in the sugar.  Shake until they are completely coated. 

Transfer them to a baking sheet to dry - about an hour. 

Once the sugar coating is hard, place them in an air tight container and store for up to a week.

They taste great frozen, as well. Enjoy!


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