In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup sugar and water. Stir frequently until sugar has dissolved and remove from heat.
1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water
Add cranberries and stir to coat. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure they're well coated.
1 cup fresh cranberries
Transfer cranberries to wire rack to cool (placing parchment paper underneath to catch the dripping sugar syrup). Allow to cool for an hour.
Place remaining sugar in a large bowl and add half of the cranberries. Toss to combine. Using a slotted spoon, transfer coated cranberries to clean parchment paper to set. Repeat with the other half. Let set for at least an hour, then enjoy!