I've made these beautiful delicious cranberries for the holidays for a couple of years now, ever since I saw them over on Heidi's blog. These pretty cranberries look like they might be just for decoration, but they're not - they are like eating candy. I usually put them on my Christmas Eve buffet table.
They're so simple to make but you do need to start them the night before.
for a printable recipe click here
adapted from 101 Cookbooks
2 cups cranberries
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup sugar for coating the cranberries (larger grain sugar looks prettier)
Place the cranberries is a medium glass bowl and set aside.
Make a simple syrup by bringing the water and sugar just to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Let the syrup cool and then pour it over the cranberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
I used turbinado sugar here, but regular white sugar, which I've used before, looks more like snow
The next day, drain the cranberries and toss them with the sugar for coating - it's easier to do them in small batches. Make sure they are well coated. Place the cranberries on sheet pans to dry for a few hours. At this point, you can toss them with more sugar (even some smaller grained sugar) and let them dry more.