These sweet and cinnamony pickles are a hit in our region, but we have an aunt from Kansas that remembers them from her childhood.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
2 hrs 15 mins
additional:
3 days
total:
3 days
Servings:
48
Yield:
6 pint jars
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put cucumber spears in a large container. Stir pickling lime into 1 gallon water in a large pitcher until the lime is dissolved; pour over the cucumbers. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

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  • Drain cucumbers and rinse well; return to large container. Pour enough cold water over the drained cucumbers to cover. Soak at least 3 hours; drain. Transfer cucumbers to a large pot.

  • Stir 1 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 1/4 cup water together in a bowl; add cinnamon red hot candies. Set aside to soak, stirring occasionally.

  • Stir 1/2 cup vinegar, red food coloring, and alum together in a bowl until alum is dissolved; pour over the cucumbers. Put a lid on the pot, place the pot over medium heat, and bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours; drain and return cucumbers to the pot.

  • Pour cinnamon candy mixture into a saucepan; add sugar and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture to a boil; cook and stir until the candies and sugar are dissolved completely into a syrupy liquid. Pour the liquid over the drained cucumbers. Refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

  • Drain liquid from the cucumbers into a heavy saucepan; bring to a boil and pour again over the cucumbers. Refrigerate 24 hours.

  • Drain liquid again from the cucumbers into a heavy saucepan; bring to a boil and pour again over the cucumbers. Refrigerate another 24 hours.

  • Heat cucumbers and syrup to a boil.

  • Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack cucumbers into the hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings. Refrigerate until chilled before serving.

Nutrition Facts

63 calories; protein 0.5g; carbohydrates 16.1g; fat 0.1g; sodium 14.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2014
These are near irresistible in my book!!! A client gave these to me as a gift and try as I might to save some for my boyfriend, I kept going back into the jar for "just one more" 'til they were all gone. Oops!!! Well, I just made two whole more batches to give as gifts and you bet I'm keeping a few jars for myself! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/03/2017
There is an error in this recipe. After rinsing the lime away and soaking the cucs in ice water, it says drain the water from the cucumbers and put them in a large pot. In the next step, it says to mix alum with 1/2 cup vinegar and pour this over the cucumbers in the pot, then cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. BUT THERE'S NO WATER IN THE POT!!!! I had a recipe for this 30 years ago, but my ex snagged all my recipe book collection in the divorce. Saw this and am in the middle of making it...but?? I'm going to add enough water to cover them, but it will probably take 3 gallons of water so I'm unsure if I should add more alum or not. I soaked these in a measured food safe plastic restaurant container, and cut into rings the cucs took up 12 quarts of space. Read More
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10 Ratings
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  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2014
These are near irresistible in my book!!! A client gave these to me as a gift and try as I might to save some for my boyfriend, I kept going back into the jar for "just one more" 'til they were all gone. Oops!!! Well, I just made two whole more batches to give as gifts and you bet I'm keeping a few jars for myself! Read More
(6)
Rating: 1 stars
03/02/2017
There is an error in this recipe. After rinsing the lime away and soaking the cucs in ice water, it says drain the water from the cucumbers and put them in a large pot. In the next step, it says to mix alum with 1/2 cup vinegar and pour this over the cucumbers in the pot, then cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. BUT THERE'S NO WATER IN THE POT!!!! I had a recipe for this 30 years ago, but my ex snagged all my recipe book collection in the divorce. Saw this and am in the middle of making it...but?? I'm going to add enough water to cover them, but it will probably take 3 gallons of water so I'm unsure if I should add more alum or not. I soaked these in a measured food safe plastic restaurant container, and cut into rings the cucs took up 12 quarts of space. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2019
The instructions weren’t clear about the amount of water to add during the day two, three, and four boiling steps. I ended up added water to the syrup due to not having enough liquid to cover the cucumbers. Other than that it’s a great receipt and the cucumbers taste amazing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/11/2019
I doubt I will make them again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2019
Delicious! The spears were new for me this year; much easier than the rings but found that my "go-to" pot may not have had a big enough base for the spears (I normally do the rings). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2016
I will make them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2016
These are amazing. My Nanny has been making these for years. I had misplaced my recipe. I'm so happy that I found it on here. They take a long time to make but well worth it for sure! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/07/2017
This recipe tells you to drain the lime and then soak the cucumbers in water for three hours. But it is recommended by the National Canning and Perserving Organizqtion that you change the water every hour. Not eliminating the lime properly can lead to botchlism. Also another reviewer had mentioned this for one of the steps it says to boil water but never tells you to add water. But it also forgets to tell you to add the 11/4 C of water to the syrup mixture. After pouring the syrup over my cucumbers it does not seem to be enough to cover them nor will it be enough to pack 6 jars. Should have spent more time searching the recipe. Now I've invested two days in this recipe and there is no turning back now but who knows if they will turn out. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/30/2020
The recipe is not complete. In step 4, it says to boil water but there is no water in the pot at this point. I guess I'll cover the cucumbers with water per another reviewer and hope it comes out okay. Please correct the recipe on your site! Read More
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