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5 from 3 votes

Bread & Butter Refrigerator Pickles

Fresh cucumbers and onions that are tightly packed into a mason jar and then topped with a sweet homemade brine. The thinly sliced cucumbers and onions only take a couple of hours in the refrigerator to absorb all of the sweet goodness.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread & Butter, Pickles, Refrigerator Pickles, Sweet Pickles
Servings: 12
Calories: 70kcal


  • 2 cup cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onions thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  • Pack sliced cucumbers and onions in a clean, quart size mason jar. Set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan, combine vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Spoon hot liquid into the jar to a half-inch from the rim. Place lid on jar and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.



  • Add 1 teaspoon of celery seed, mustard seed, and/or turmeric to the brine.
  • Add thinly sliced bell peppers or sweet peppers to the jar.
  • Add thinly sliced apples or pears to the jar.
  • Use apple cider vinegar.
  • Use Splenda instead of sugar.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the brine, it will live’n up the sweetness a bit.