Home Baked Holidays: Sparkly Pomegranate Cranberries


by Dec 3rd, 2010 // Desserts, Giveaway, Healthy, Holiday, Recipes, Snacks

Home Baked Holidays: Sparkly Pomegranate Cranberries

Every time I’ve seen sugared cranberries I’ve wanted to make them. Especially because of the promise of a burst of tart cranberry surrounded by a sweet sugary coating. They’re also pretty low in calories as holiday gifts go. (100 calories for 1/3 cup!) They are also unbelievably beautiful and can be stored in cool dry place for up  to a week. It doesn’t get much more festive than this.

Or maybe it does? A small bottle of the reserved pomegranate cranberry cooking syrup makes for an excellent cocktail mixer. Or a fun sparkly drink when mixed with bubbly water for the kiddos. These really do make for the best homemade Christmas gifts ever.

My kid was fascinated by the cranberries but not very into helping today because he’s obsessed with his Hanukkah present from last night. How adorable is this snack shop?

We think the cranberries and syrup are a nice gift set. We put both in these mason jars from the Container Store. Then we affixed these Happy Holidays tags on top. You can download them here. Now for the recipe…

Sparkly Pom-Cranberries Recipe
adapted from this Sugared Cranberry Recipe

Prep Time: 1 night prior  Cooking Time: 5 to 10 mins

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup super fine sugar (this is sometimes called castor sugar and can be found in the same aisle at the grocery store)

Combine granulated sugar, pomegranate juice and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool a bit and then stir in 1 cranberry while still warm. If the cranberry doesn’t pop, you should be OK to put the rest in. (You need the liquid to be warm but not hot. Too hot and the cranberries will pop. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving steeping liquid. Place superfine sugar in a shallow dish. Working in small batches, roll the cranberries in sugar and spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet to dry. Let stand for 1 hour at room temp and re-roll any cranberries that are still wet. Let dry again and transfer to container for gifting . Pour liquid into a jar and store in the fridge. Note: If you are storing for more than two days I highly recommend storing them in a parchment lined tin rather than a glass jar. They should last up to a week in the tin.

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80 Comments on “Home Baked Holidays: Sparkly Pomegranate Cranberries”

  1. 1.) Melissa
    December 3rd, 2010

    Sounds yummy! I love pomegranates.

  2. 2.) amy
    December 3rd, 2010

    Sounds wonderful. I'm also envisioning them as some kind of cake decoration? Maybe one (or a few) on top of vanilla cupcakes?

  3. 3.) Jennifer
    December 5th, 2010

    That sounds perfect.

  4. 4.) LunchesFit For a Kid
    December 3rd, 2010

    So lovely! I wonder if I could use some leftover pomegranate molasses instead of cooking down more pom juice?

  5. 5.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 5th, 2010

    Would love to know if this works!

  6. 6.) lisa
    December 3rd, 2010

    I have never heard or seen sugared cranberries. Wow! They look amazing and think the sweet/tart flavor must be fantastic.

  7. 7.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 5th, 2010

    it's so awesome!

  8. 8.) Erica
    December 3rd, 2010

    Sounds very yummy

  9. 9.) Tisha
    December 3rd, 2010

    Sounds great!!

  10. 10.) Anna B.
    December 3rd, 2010

    I want these! Kiddo and I may have to make them!

  11. 11.) Macki
    December 3rd, 2010

    These are beautiful! I cannot wait to make them with Sylvie!

  12. 12.) Diana
    December 3rd, 2010

    sounds yummy

  13. 13.) Cara
    December 3rd, 2010

    I love this Idea! Never heard of them but we love cranberries!

  14. 14.) Amber H
    December 3rd, 2010

    Yummy! I am going to make these for sure! Thank you!

  15. 15.) Lauren
    December 3rd, 2010

    I was just thinking about what to do with the bag of cranberries in my fridge. These are perfect!

  16. 16.) Sara
    December 3rd, 2010

    While those treats look so yummy, I can't get over how cute your son is with his treat shop
    I could have spent hours playing with that as a kid, I think I could still spend hours playing with it now!!

  17. 17.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 5th, 2010

    it's cute and educational. it comes with plastic money in the shapes of quarters, nickles, dimes and pennies. love it!

  18. 18.) Melissa
    December 3rd, 2010

    This looks really yummy and easy to make. I may try this for a few little gifts around the office! 🙂

  19. 19.) Nancy
    December 3rd, 2010

    Excellent idea!

  20. 20.) Miranda
    December 3rd, 2010

    This would be yummy on pancakes.

  21. 21.) Sue
    December 3rd, 2010

    I love the whole "goodies in a jar" idea. Think I'll be making a trip to the Container Store!

  22. 22.) cathy
    December 3rd, 2010

    These look beautiful! What a great project!

  23. 23.) Misty Sedehi
    December 3rd, 2010

    What type of paper do you print your labels on?

  24. 24.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 5th, 2010

    i got a box of sticker paper and another box of glossy paper.

  25. 25.) LPR
    December 3rd, 2010

    as always, my favorite part is the snack shop proprietor…

  26. 26.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 5th, 2010

    he's my fave too!

  27. 27.) Dana
    December 3rd, 2010

    that looks like the kindf Chanukah present I would have loved ! Cranberries look good too!

  28. 28.) jen gersch
    December 3rd, 2010

    I would love to add this to french toast and

  29. 29.) Shannon
    December 3rd, 2010

    I've never had these. They sound wonderful, and I think I'll be making them for a holiday party in a couple weeks. Thanks!

  30. 30.) Sarah
    December 4th, 2010

    This sounds great! I may try them in place of my usual cookies this year. 🙂

  31. 31.) sweetgleans
    December 4th, 2010

    Wow! Both look gorgeous in the jars. I am going to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  32. 32.) debbiejl
    December 4th, 2010

    What a great combination!

  33. 33.) sara
    December 4th, 2010

    looks interesting!!

  34. 34.) Monica S.
    December 4th, 2010

    What a great idea! Thanks!

  35. 35.) Margaret Minor Wood
    December 4th, 2010

    My children, who love raw cranberries, are going to love these!

  36. 36.) Emily
    December 4th, 2010

    Homemade cranberry sauce is my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I can't wait to give both of these a try.

  37. 37.) rebekah
    December 4th, 2010

    brilliant idea, and i just happen to have cranberries on hand, can't wait to try this!

  38. 38.) Gennie
    December 4th, 2010

    Super yummy looking!

  39. 39.) Mariela
    December 4th, 2010

    You have such great ideas,thank you !!
    Ps-where did you find that adorable snack shop ?

  40. 40.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 5th, 2010

    we ordered it on amazon. it's by learning resources.

  41. 41.) ds8607a
    December 4th, 2010

    What a great, relatively healthy treat!

  42. 42.) BPansy
    December 4th, 2010

    oooooh!! another easy, beautiful gift for the holidays!!

  43. 43.) paulajakobs
    December 4th, 2010

    Interesting, sounds tasty!

  44. 44.) Andrea
    December 4th, 2010

    I've never seen anythign like this but think it would be a great addition to the usual goddies I make at this time of year. Thanks!

  45. 45.) Wendy
    December 4th, 2010

    How have I never heard of these! They are beautiful and I want to eat some now!

  46. 46.) Samantha Long
    December 4th, 2010

    Sounds delicious!

  47. 47.) christine
    December 4th, 2010

    Those look so festive

  48. 48.) Amanda
    December 4th, 2010

    these are lovely!

  49. 49.) Dorothy
    December 4th, 2010

    These are beautiful and I love the addition of pom juice. Right up my alley with the tart/sweet combination!

  50. 50.) Kathleen
    December 4th, 2010

    I'd never seen sugared cranberries before, but now I need to make some! They're beautiful and delicious-looking. My mom is a big cranberry fan, so these will be an A+ gift idea for her.

  51. 51.) christina
    December 4th, 2010

    Great for Holidays !!!!

  52. 52.) Samantha Cerniglia
    December 4th, 2010

    These look so lovely and festive – can't wait to try them out!

  53. 53.) jeannine q
    December 4th, 2010

    That sounds great

  54. 54.) Justine
    December 5th, 2010

    I saw these on foodgawker the other day and thought that they looked interesting … might just have to try these!

  55. 55.) melissa
    December 5th, 2010


  56. 56.) Sarah
    December 5th, 2010

    I've never heard of sugared cranberries but these sound fabulous. Is it wrong that I want to make a batch just for myself?

  57. 57.) Angela L.
    December 5th, 2010

    What a neat idea. That would make a great gift!

  58. 58.) souzalito
    December 6th, 2010

    Fantastic looking treat!

  59. 59.) Rose
    December 6th, 2010

    I super want to try this.

  60. 60.) Charlene
    December 6th, 2010

    I have never heard of these before? They would be great for adding color to a plate of turkey slices or with fruit. I have rarely worked with fresh cranberries. Inspired by this recipe idea now though!

  61. 61.) ``` amacmillan
    December 6th, 2010

    Being from a cranberry bog town in MA, I love everything cranberry. What a great idea. Oh and the low cal factor is always a plus 😉

  62. 62.) Emily
    December 6th, 2010

    I have never heard of these I'll have to give them a try.

  63. 63.) Min
    December 6th, 2010

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.

  64. 64.) Cecilia
    December 7th, 2010

    Those are so beautiful. I'd like someone to make these for me. But I guess I'll just have to make them myself.

  65. 65.) BeckyS
    December 7th, 2010

    Oh wow those are beautiful. Added to my to do list!

  66. 66.) trueepicure
    December 7th, 2010

    Oh my. Another thing to add to my list of things I want to try.

  67. 67.) Laura
    December 7th, 2010

    I think I'll try this out!

  68. 68.) Alexandra
    December 7th, 2010

    Must make these!! I bought some MS boxes and they would look so cute in there.

  69. 69.) Katie
    December 7th, 2010

    This is brilliant! I'm going to a superfood-themed party and this is perfect.

  70. 70.) Anna
    December 7th, 2010

    Ooooh, I like the cooking syrup…

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  72. 72.) ashley
    December 9th, 2010

    wow two supercute gift ideas in one!!!

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  74. 74.) Laura
    December 10th, 2010

    Going to try these for some holiday gifts for the people who have everything.

  75. 75.) Rose
    December 22nd, 2010

    I made these and have had so many people ask for the recipe. These are a definite staple in our house now, thanks a million!

  76. 76.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 23rd, 2010

    yay! i LOVE them too.

  77. 77.) Sarah
    December 23rd, 2010

    My cranberries are drying, but my syrup is not very "syrup-y." It's more like a sweet liquid, but it didn't thicken. Is that normal?

  78. 78.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 23rd, 2010

    yes! yes! its like simple syrup which is just sugar melted into water. have you tasted it? it's crazy sweet and just a wee bit tart. makes an awesome cocktail and/or flavored soda. don't use too much or it will be too sweet.

  79. 79.) Sarah
    December 24th, 2010

    Thanks! I love that this is a "two for one" gift. The cranberries are dangerously addictive, and the simple syrup will make great pomegranate martinis. 🙂

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