Candied cranberries can be expensive, if you can find them. Or you can make your own for about 50 cents. It’s good to have some around for the holidays as they offer festive and tasty fillings for cookies, Yule-log cakes and other baked items.

Candied cranberries can be expensive, if you can find them. Or you can make your own for about 50 cents.

It’s good to have some around for the holidays as they offer festive and tasty fillings for cookies, Yule-log cakes and other baked items.

Candied Cranberries

1 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons water
1⁄2 cup cranberries

Cook 1⁄2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Transfer to top of double boiler. Add washed, fresh cranberries. Cover and place over simmering water. Cook 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove, and let mixture stand at room temperature overnight.  

Place remaining 1⁄2 cup sugar on plate. Drain cranberries. Coat with remaining sugar. Let dry at least 30 minutes. Store covered in the refrigerator.   

Makes about 1⁄2 cup.

Note: Make your own double boiler by placing a small pan inside a larger one and boiling a cup of water in the larger one.