Fresh cranberries covered with sugar.
Place water in a small sauce pot along with 1/2 cup of sugar over medium heat. Stir sugar and water.
Place remain 1/4 cup of sugar in a bowl to use for coating the berries later.
When sugar in sauce pot dissolves, remove from heat. Do not bring water mixture to a boil. You want it just warm enough to dissolve the sugar.
Place cranberries in warm sugar mixture. Let set for 15 minutes.
Remove cranberries from water with a slotted spoon. Place cranberries on a baking rack. Allow to dry. This may take up to one hour.
When berries are fully dried, place in bowl of sugar. Do a few berries at a time so they don't stick to each other. Roll berries around in sugar. Carefully remove and place back on baking rack to dry.
Allow berries to dry for an additional hour. Use berries or store in a covered container for up to two days.