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Stovetop Butterscotch Apples and Cranberries

['1/2 cup dried cranberries', '4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided', '1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise', '1/2 cup light brown sugar', '1/8 teaspoon kosher salt', '6 red-skinned', 'sweet apples', 'such as Honeycrisp or Gala', 'cored', 'cut into 1/2" slices']

Place cranberries in a small bowl and cover with very hot water; set aside.
Melt butter in a large heavy pot over high heat. Scrape in vanilla seeds; discard pod. Add brown sugar and salt and cook, stirring, until combined. Add apples and cook, stirring often, until apples are soft and liquid is almost completely evaporated, 15–20 minutes.
Transfer apple mixture to a large serving bowl. Drain cranberries, add to apple mixture, and toss to combine.

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