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Festive Pickles

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  • 1 (1 quart) jar dill pickles (about 12)
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 stick cinnamon, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon mixed pickling spices
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Drain pickles and cherries, cut pickles crosswise into 1-inch thin slices. Using a corer, remove center from each piece of pickle. Insert a cherry into each. Put pickle chunks into a shallow dish. Set aside.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients together in a saucepan. Bring to boiling, simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the spice mixture through a sieve over the pickles.
  4. Cover and set in refrigerator for 1 week before serving.

Yield: 1 quart pickles