Spiced Apple Rings

Apple rings
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 2 servings

This is a great fall dish but still good any time of year. Cloves and cinnamon candies flavor these spiced apple rings.


  • 12 pounds firm tart apples (no more than 2 1/2-inch diameter)
  • 12 cups sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups white vinegar (5-percent acidity)
  • 3 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 3/4 cup red hot cinnamon candies (or 8 cinnamon sticks)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon red food coloring

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash apples.

  2. Peel and slice one apple at a time.

  3. Immediately cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices, remove core area with a melon baller and immerse in an ascorbic acid solution to keep the apples from discoloring.

  4. In a 6-quart saucepan, combine sugar, water, vinegar, cloves, cinnamon candies, or cinnamon sticks and food coloring.

  5. Stir, heat to boil, and simmer 3 minutes.

  6. Drain apples, add to hot syrup, and cook 5 minutes.

  7. Fill wide mouth sterilized canning jars with apple rings and hot flavored syrup, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.

Adjust lids and process in a boiling water canner according to the recommendations below. 

Process Time at Altitudes

  • 0 - 1,000 ft: 10 min.
  • 1,001 - 6,000 ft: 15 min.
  • Above 6,000 ft: 20 min.