Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas here on IBC. Before we dive into a new week and a new day with these Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake, I want to thank you for all the love and kind words about my Holiday Home Tour. I cannot express how much your comments (both on the post and social media) mean to me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!
The 12 Days of Christmas continues with a festive and tasty little treat. I know I’ve been teasing you with it for a week or so, but today I’m finally going to share the details on my Gingerbread House Cake, plus teach you how to make Sugared Cranberries.
To finish off the cake, I tried my hand at making sugared cranberries. I’d seen these sparkly beauties floating around the internet over the past few years and finally had to whip up a batch myself.
I also wanted to show you how to make the sugared cranberries.
Not only are they great for decorating gingerbread houses, but they have other uses around the holidays as well.
To start, they are delicious on their own served in a bowl alongside your holiday cheese board. The sugar coating perfectly complements the tart cranberries, making them a tasty snack. Serve them up with a plate of cheese and pepperoni and you’re in business.
They also make a shimmering addition to your holiday cocktail. I like to slip a few on a wood skewer and set it on top of the glass. As you might expect, the sugar will dissolve when it comes in contact with the cocktail. This method allows them to shine. I think they would look especially wonderful with my Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail or Jingle Juice Holiday Punch!
I most recently used them when I made my Very Merry Ornamentini!
Beyond those ideas, you can use them to garnish your cookie tray or any seasonal appetizer. Let me show you how easy they are to make!
Here's what you will need:
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
1 (12-ounce bag) fresh cranberries
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the cranberries until they are well coated. Using a colander, drain the liquid from the cranberries. Transfer the cranberries to a wire rack and let dry for at least an hour.
Working in small batches, roll the cranberries in the remaining sugar until they are well coated. Let them dry for at least one hour on a wire rack.
Store the cranberries in a bowl without a lid. Enjoy as a snack within two days or use as decor for up to two weeks.
Pretty simple, right? It’s easy to see why these little guys make the perfect holiday garnish. Now you’re ready to tackle the holidays with a delicious dessert recipe (that doubles as an adorable and festive village), plus some sparkly cranberries you can use in a variety of ways.
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