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The Easiest Recipe for Making Sweet, Crunchy Pickles

Updated on January 21, 2017
Sweet, Crunchy Homemade Pickles
Sweet, Crunchy Homemade Pickles

This Recipe is an Easy Shortcut for Making Pickles

Not only is this one of the best tasting recipes for sweet, crispy pickles, it is probably the easiest method you'll ever find. You will be amazed at what the ingredients are and how easy it is to make these at home.

For the best taste and optimum crispness, the pickles will need to set in your refrigerator for a couple of days...and, that is the hardest part! You will want to eat them right away.

I first tasted these pickles a few years ago, when I ate lunch at my aunt's house. I though, yum, these are so good; I've got to find out how she made them. Well, when she told me, I almost didn't believe her. When you read the recipe below you will think, there's no way! But, yes! If you don't believe me, make them yourself and you will see how easy this recipe is and how sweet and crunchy the pickles are! And, guess what! You can make these at any time of the year! :)

The Secret Ingredient!

OK, I know this will be a shocker, (I didn't believe it myself) but to make these Sweet Pickles, you use: Dill Pickles! Yes, you actually use a jar of whole Kosher Dills. (It sounds like cheating, but no one will know!) Find out how to make dill into sweet by reading the complete recipe and directions shown below.

Sweet, Crunchy Pickles Recipe

My aunt got this recipe from a friend, and has shared it with family members. I make them often, and my family loves them. I've had many request for this recipe, and so will you!

How do they taste? In my opinion, these taste just like homemade sweet pickles. No need to cook, add spices, or anything else. If you have ever made cucumber pickles using pickling lime, these taste almost like those. The best part, is they're so easy to make and taste wonderful. The worst part, is the wait. You can go ahead and eat them before 2 days, but they taste the best if you wait.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 days

Serves: 12+ (varies)


  • 46 ounce jar of Whole Kosher Dill Pickles (Mt Olive is best)
  • 3 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar


  1. Drain juice and Slice each whole pickle into thick slices.
  2. Layer pickle slices and sugar in jar, alternating until both are all used. (I use the original pickle jar.)
  3. Pour vinegar over top of pickles and sugar, Put top on jar. Gently, turn jar to sides and upside down to mix sugar and vinegar.
  4. Let set on counter for about a day or until the sugar has completely melted and pickles are covered with the juice. During this time, occasionally turn jar upside down and to the sides to help dissolve the sugar on bottom. Sugar will continue to go to bottom of jar until it's all dissolved.
  5. After sugar is completely dissolved, put the jar in refrigerator for a couple of days.
  6. Now, you can Eat and Enjoy these sweet, crunchy pickles!
  7. Note: You can also use the gallon jar of the kosher dills, and add 8 cups of sugar and 1 cup of vinegar.
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The Ingredients

Gather your ingredients: Kosher dill pickles, white vinegar, sugar
Gather your ingredients: Kosher dill pickles, white vinegar, sugar

1. Slice Your Kosher Dill Pickles - Make Medium Thick Slices

Slice Your Dill Pickles
Slice Your Dill Pickles

Drain the liquid off and discard. Slice into fairly thick slices as you see here.

2. Layer Dill Pickles and 3 cups of Sugar into Jar. - I use the original dill pickle jar! Or, you can use another glass container.

Layer dill pickles and sugar
Layer dill pickles and sugar

3. Add 1/3 cup of White Vinegar - I know it doesn't sound like much...

Add 1/3 cup white vinegar
Add 1/3 cup white vinegar

4. Set on Counter Until All of the Sugar Dissolves. - Continue moistening the sugar by turning the jar gently.

Let set all day until sugar dissolves
Let set all day until sugar dissolves

5. After Sugar Dissloves, Set in Fridge for 2 Days. This makes them sweet, crunchy, and cold!

Set in fridge for 2 days.
Set in fridge for 2 days.

You wouldn't think there would be this much liquid from only the sugar and 1/3 cup vinegar, but I promise you, that's what happens when the sugar dissolves. It also kind of shrivels the pickles and absorbs the liquid from them as well. This is a large jar, so it still makes lots of pickles.

Make These Any Time!

If it’s the middle of winter, and you have a hankering for a homemade pickle, then this is the perfect recipe for you! Or, maybe you’re having a Holiday party and want to impress your guest. They will think you’ve outdone yourself!

Do They Taste Like Dill?

Personally, I do not detect any hint of the dill flavor, but my husband, who doesn't like dill, and can detect it anywhere, said he could taste it. So, if you do not like dill at all, then this recipe might not work for you.

Thanks for your visit!

I hope you will try this recipe. I often serve these at our family get-togethers, and everyone loves them and can't get enough.


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    • AstroGremlin profile image

      AstroGremlin 2 years ago

      Looks tasty. I will try this when I accidentally buy dill pickles. :)

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      VioletteRose LM 2 years ago

      Sounds really good :)

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      @ChocolateLily: Thanks ChocolateLily, I hope you'll try this recipe, I'm sure you'll like it. :)

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      ChocolateLily 2 years ago

      This is interesting. I think I've heard of something similar, maybe using the pickling liquid to pickle something new. I'm actually in the 3rd day of a 4 day pickle recipe. This might be worth trying sometime too.

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      @Marten22: Thanks Marten22. Let me know how you like the pickles. :)

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      @angelatvs: angelatvs, I hope you will try this and let me know how you like them. :)

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      Marten22 2 years ago

      I will try this recipe, I love pickles.. Thanks for sharing!

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      angelatvs 2 years ago

      thanks for sharing this simple way to make sweet pickles

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      @esmonaco: Thanks for your visit and comment. I think you'll love these pickles, and yes, they are very simple to make. Let me know how you like them.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I will give this a try, I like dill flavor so it won't matter to me. Seems pretty somple, Thanks :)

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