Add a bit of sparkly magic to the season with sugared cranberries. They're super easy to make and make everything look about 1000% more festive!
Make Simple Syrup
Set a medium saucepan on the stove.
Add water and 1/2 cup sugar. Turn heat to medium. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is bubbling around the edges. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Make Sugared Cranberries
Set a cookie rack in a baking sheet to catch the drips. Add cranberries to simple syrup mixture and stir to coat all of the berries. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cranberries from the syrup, letting the excess drip off. Transfer to the cookie rack. Let sit on your kitchen counter for 45 minutes so the excess drips off and the simple syrup thickens a bit.
Spread 1/2 cup granulated sugar on a platter. Working with about 1/3 cup at a time, roll and toss cranberries in sugar to coat. Set coated cranberries on a clean cookie sheet to let the sugar harden; about another 45 minutes.
Use cranberries as a garnish on cakes, platters, in cocktails ... you name it. Sugared cranberries keep for about 3 days. Store uncovered at room temperature.