Spice-Pickled Cosmic Crisp® Apples


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
  • 2 medium Cosmic Crisp® apples, skin on, washed, cored and cut in half


Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking Time: 8 minutes + 2 hours to cool

Makes approximately 1 16-ounce wide-mouthed jar or 2 8-ounce wide-mouthed jars


If you are looking to make homemade gifts for friends and family, these spice-pickled apples make a beautiful and delicious gift. They are easy to make, have vibrant, sweet flavor and look stunning in a jar. Tie a satin ribbon around the lid and watch your loved ones’ eyes sparkle in delight when you present them with a jar. The apples last up to one week in the refrigerator. Serve on top of brie or other soft cheese, on the side of a roasted ham or pork, or with holiday scones or biscuits.

  1. Add the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, star anise and candied ginger (if using) to a large saucepan, stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. While the pickling syrup is heating, slice the apples on a mandoline or with a sharp chef’s knife about ⅛-inch thick.
  3. When the syrup comes to a boil, place the apples into the pickling syrup, turn the heat down to medium and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes until the apples slightly soften. Stir occasionally to make sure the apples on the top get submerged in the liquid.
  4. Take off the heat and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
  5. Meanwhile, wash and dry one 16-ounce wide-mouthed jar, or two 8-ounce wide-mouth jars with sealing lids and rings. Set aside on a clean kitchen towel.
  6. When the apples are room temperature, carefully transfer to the jars, layering them skin side outward around the perimeter of the jar. Tuck the spices in the jar/s as well.
  7. Pour the pickling syrup over the apples. Seal and refrigerate. The apples will last up to one week in the refrigerator. Discard any leftover syrup or place back on the stove over medium heat and reduce to half. Save to serve over ice cream, shortbread cookies or even in holiday cocktails.
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