Grandma’s Sweet Pickles

When I was getting married my mom had my grandma write out a bunch of her favorite recipes on recipe cards. My mother in law and my mom did the same, and I still have the same recipe box filled with those beloved cards 20 years later. Now that my grandma has passed, those cards with her scrawling script are some of my most treasured possessions. This past Christmas my mom had one of my favorite recipes, My Grandma’s Sweet Pickles, turned into a tea towel for me. I absolutely love it and framed it in my kitchen. Not only is it sentimental and a beautiful decor piece, but the recipe is delicious as well.

jar of pickles on a wooden cutting board

I will warn you these pickles are addicting! My mom always makes these when we visit in Florida. We pack sub sandwiches, salty chips, and jars of these pickles for our beach lunches everyday. I think we went through 4 jars over this past spring break trip!

script recipe on a tea towel

This recipe is a bit odd in that you start out with a jar of kosher pickles. The recipe calls for Classic brand baby kosher dill pickles, but my store was out. I like Mt. Olive too. Essentially you buy pickles and pickle them?!. I know it sounds weird, but the result is the most delicious addicting crunchy sweet pickles.

jar of pickles on a wooden cutting board

They go perfect with everything from burgers, to sandwiches, or just straight from the jar. They are great with my Hot Honey Apple BLT Sandwich recipe too.

jar of pickles on a wooden cutting board

These pickles are even known to turn non-pickle lovers into addicts. They are super simple to make. You just need water, sugar, vinegar and a jar of pickles.

Grandma’s Sweet Pickles

Easy sweet and crunchy sweet pickles.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 137 kcal


  • 1 qt baby kosher pickles
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c white vinegar
  • 1/2 c water


  • Pour jar of pickles in a strainer and drain. Rinse well with water and put back in the jar.
  • In a small pot add sugar, water, and vinegar.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Allow to cool a bit and pour into jar to cover pickles.
  • Refrigerate for a day or 2 before serving.


Calories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 957mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 216IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Sweet pickles
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I guess I wouldn’t describe these as totally sweet pickles, because typically I hate sweet pickles. They are just something you have to try! Even my picky eater kids love them.

I guess I have to thank whoever Clarice Hendricksen is for this my “Grandma’s Sweet Pickles” recipe as that is what my grandmother wrote on the top. I have several recipes from her with names of her friend’s on them. Just another fun part of the history of her recipes. Thanks Clarice for being my Grandma Betty’s friend and sharing your delicious recipe!

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  1. These ARE addicting. My family makes similar ones and we call them Christmas pickles. We had 3-5 Tbsp Louisiana Brand hot sauce. Red and green, hence Christmas pickles.
    If you like sweet and heat you should try it next time. So delicious. We also have been known to go through four jars a week. You know what I am doing when thos pickle jars go on sale! Everyone around me gets pickles.

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