November 28th, 2011

Sparkling Cranberry Cups

Well, Thanksgiving is over and it is full steam ahead towards Christmas.  This next month is sure to be filled with, friends, family, gatherings, shopping, good food and just plain craziness.  I love this time of year and all the happiness it can bring to our homes!

Dressed to impress.  These surprisingly easy appetizers will make an impression.  And there is more than meets the eye….not only are they gorgeous, but they are delicious.  The Fillo shells give a nice flaky texture, complimenting the rich and creamy brie cheese.  The fresh cranberry orange sauce is sweet and tangy to compliment the fresh sparkling cranberries on top.  The sparkling cranberries still maintain their true tartness, but are just the right amount of sweet to balance it all out.  There are so many textures and flavors that work in perfect harmony, that you can’t go wrong with this one.

Don’t worry though, because no one has to know how simple these really are.  There really isn’t much to these.  Just a few simple steps and your done.  The hardest part about them is remembering you do need to soak the cranberries in a simple syrup over night.

I just love these sparkling cranberries.  The recipe makes a lot, so you can cut it in half in you are only making a few appetizers.  I think that the cranberries themselves are great to have on hand.  They make great snacks.  My kids and husband couldn’t get enough.  They were just eating them for an afternoon snack.  Also, I am seeing these as decoration.  They make a beautiful {and yummy} garnish to any holiday table.  Really, though everyone needs to make these at least once and enjoy the beauty of their food.


Sparkling Cranberry Cups


Sparkling Cranberries; recipe below
Mini Fillo Shells
Brie Cheese
Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce
Fresh Mint for Garnish


Preheat oven to 350.

Place about 1 teaspoon of Brie in each of the fillo shells.  Bake for 5 minutes or just until the cheese melts and fills the bottom of shell.  Allow to cool slightly.

Place a small spoonful of the cranberry-orange sauce on top of the Brie.  Arrange 3 sparkling cranberries on top with a mint leaf to garnish.

Serve immediately.


Sparkling Cranberries


2 cups cranberries, picked over
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
More sugar for coating: I do a pure grained organic sugar for the first coating, and then a second toss with regular granulated white sugar. You don’t want a huge grain for that first toss, just something larger than standard sugar.  The standard sugar will then just fill in any empty spots.


Place the cranberries in a medium bowl and set aside.

Make a simple syrup by bringing the water and 2 cups sugar just to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Let the syrup cool for a few minutes and then pour it over the cranberries. If the syrup is too hot the cranberries will burst. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, drain the cranberries and toss them with pure grained organic sugar until they are well coated. I only use a scoop of sugar at a time, and small batches of cranberries, so the sugar doesn’t get too damp and start clumping. Place the coated cranberries on a baking sheet to dry for a few hours.

Do a second toss with the regular granulated sugar, this typically takes care of any sticky spots on the cranberries. Let dry another hour.


*Recipe adapted from



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11 Responses to “Sparkling Cranberry Cups”

  1. These are beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up.

  2. Cute blog name!! Do you know that I have never actually eaten a cranberry, but I love cranberry juice. These cranberry cups are so pretty! You should come and enter my Vanilla Bean Paste giveaway

  3. gorgeous!!!

  4. Oh. my. goodness. YUM! Can I have one? 🙂 You guys rock my socks…thanks for linking up at Shine On Fridays. Would you ever be interested in guest posting at One Artsy Mama? If so, email me at

  5. Wow! These look so professional! I’d love for you to link these up to my Things I’ve Done Thursday link party that opens up tonight!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  6. This looks so delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at

  7. These are beautiful! I bet they taste great, too. I think I’ll just have to try them this season. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Can the cranberries be made and stored ahead of time? I would like to take them to a party but they don’t seem like you’d want to make them too far in advance. I’d like to be able to make the cranberries and the sauce a few days ahead so I could just take all the pieces and assemble/bake them when I get there. Can that be done?

  9. I would not make the cranberries more than a day or two at most ahead of time. The sauce however could be made up to a week in advance, just store it in the fridge! Good luck and I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for following!!

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