Holiday Entertaining

The Festive Party Snack

December 14, 2012

Need a holiday hand? We've got you covered with two straight weeks of Holiday Survival Recipes -- the ones you can rely on to keep your guests (and you) feeling festive.

Today: The festive party snack.

Orange Blossom Candied Cranberries

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We're always a fan of three-ingredient recipes.

But when said three-ingredient recipe is beautiful, special, snack-able, dessert-able, and holiday-party-worthy all at once, you've got us swooning.

Making these Orange Blossom Candied Cranberries by CozyDelicious is easy: just soak the cranberries in a simple syrup, and then roll them in sugar. (If you can't find orange blossom water, dont sweat it -- you can leave it out.) Then: pile them into glass bowls as both a centerpiece and a snack; sprinkle them onto cakes or ice cream; float them in a glass of bubbly or your favorite winter cocktail. 

Or, you could just eat them by the handful. We won't tell.

Orange Blossom Candied Cranberries

Orange Blossom Candied Cranberries by CozyDelicious

Makes 1 1/2 cups

1 cup water
2 teaspoons orange blossom water
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
1 cup fresh cranberries

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

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WishWorks December 16, 2012
I think a bit of Gran Marnier and water would be quite tasy!
PRST December 16, 2012
Can you used frozen cranberries?
witloof December 14, 2012
Orange blossom water is available at Whole Foods.
Mary E. November 16, 2015
This was easily the biggest waste of time I've had today. The orange blossom water adds nothing. The simple syrup is twice as much as is needed. The flavors of the sugar and the cranberries don't mix. It's a spoonful of sugar followed by a raw cranberry. Eat a handful? I'm ready to throw the whole thing out. Way too shower food...pretty to look at, nothing special to taste.