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a bowl of candied cranberries resting on a black rustic platter

Candied Cranberries | No Sugar Added!

This candied cranberries recipe is a super easy way to jazz up your holiday favorites. Add them to cocktails, baked goods, serving platters, and more!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


  • 3 cups fresh cranberries, cleaned
  • 1 cup allulose or real sugar if not SF
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup granular monk fruit or real sugar for rolling


  1. In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of allulose and 1 cup of water. Cook this mixture on medium/low heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture is clear.
  2. Add the cranberries into the simple syrup and cook for 4 minutes on medium/low. Do not overcook or the berries will turn mushy and will become a mess.
  3. Removed the cooked berries with a slotted spoon and place them on a cooling rack in a single layer. Allow them to dry at room temperature for 30 mins to an hour. While drying the cranberries will become sticky.
  4. Roll each berry in granulated monk fruit or sugar. Place them on a plate to dry for another hour or so.
  5. Add in cocktails, on top of cakes/cookies or they are great for snacking.


Serving: There are SO many ways to spruce up your holiday treats with these candied cranberries:

  • Decoration: Make everything festive! Use your candied cranberries to spruce up a holiday cheese board, add flair to a gingerbread house, or to give your serving platters a little extra something. 
  • Garnish: Candied cranberries are the perfect garnish for festive holiday cocktails, like my sparkling cranberry gin fizz
  • Baked Goods: Use them to top cakes, cookies, and other tasty treats. 

​​Sugar Swaps: Do NOT use granulated Monk Fruit as a replacement for allulose in the simple syrup. It will not have the same texture. Allulose creates a sticky coating that stays sticky once cooled. Unfortunately, monk fruit does not have the same effect.  

Extra Simple Syrup: If you have extra syrup, save it! Add it to a jar and save it for cocktails, baked goods, coffee, or protein shakes.

Storage: Store your sugared cranberries in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Roll them in a fresh bowl of sugar to freshen them up when ready to use again. 

Nutrition Facts: The nutritional information below accounts for using fresh cranberries, allulose sweetener, water, and monk fruit. Be aware that using regular sugar will alter the nutrition facts. 

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert/Snacks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Diabetic

Keywords: candied cranberries, sugared cranberries, keto, sugar-free