– 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided – 1 cup water – 2 cups fresh cranberries
In a small saucepan over medium heat, dissolve 1 cup sugar in water.
Stir in the cranberries until well coated, then turn off the heat and let steep for about 30 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cranberries to a wire cooling rack to dry, about 1 hour. They'll be dry but tacky from the simple syrup.
Roll the cranberries in a bowl filled with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, then let dry for about 1 hour before serving.