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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!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert/Snacks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic
Keyword: candied cranberries, keto, sugar-free, sugared cranberries
Method: Stovetop
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Ashley McCrary



  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roll each berry in granulated monk fruit or sugar. Place them on a plate to dry for another hour or so.
  • 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.