What a fun little treat! I saw how pretty and Christmasy these looked (on this site: Olives for Dinner) and just had to make them. It’s totally easy, as long as you don’t mind waiting a bit for the final result. You soak these berries in a spiced sugar syrup for eight hours, drain them, toss them with more sugar and allow them to dry. Be warned though, some bites are still on the tart side. I don’t mind. They are kind of addictive too, once you get going on them. I kept the cranberry syrup because I couldn’t bear to throw it away. I think I’ll mix a little with some 7-Up for a cranberry pop.
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
3 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed (and toss any that are already soft)
1 cup superfine sugar, or regular sugar pulsed in a small food processor
Combine the sugar, water and spices in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is totally dissolved. Allow the mixture to come to a full boil, then pour into a separate bowl and immediately add in the fresh cranberries. Cover and place into the refrigerator to soak for about 8 hours.
Drain the cranberries. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels and place the cranberries on them to soak up any excess liquid. Place the remaining cup of sugar in a large bowl and add in the cranberries. Toss gently until well coated. Reline the cookie sheet with fresh paper towels and place the cranberries back on them to dry for about two hours. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.