Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

If you're a fan of Cracker Barrel Fried Apples, try making them homemade from scratch! With the help of your crock pot, this dish is made with simple ingredients and tastes just like the famous recipe, if not better.

Cracker Barrel is a popular Southern-style restaurant chain known for its comfort food and country charm. One of their most iconic dishes is the Fried Apples, which are sweet and slightly spiced apples that are fried until they're soft and caramelized.

No frying is needed to make the crock pot version right at home! This keeps them light and easy to make while still delivering all the flavors you love. The key to making these apples taste just like Cracker Barrel's is in the spices and seasonings. A combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar gives them that signature flavor.

Simply add all of the ingredients to the crock pot and let them get fork-tender and infused with all the wonderful spices. These crock pot fried apples are perfectly served as a side dish or even for breakfast alongside some pancakes or waffles. And they freeze beautifully, so you can make a big batch and enjoy them all winter long!

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This countryside dish is usually fried, but this crockpot version is slow cooked instead, making it a much healthier option.
  • They are simply seasoned to bring out the natural sweetness of the apples.
  • Serve them alongside savory dishes for lunch or dinner, or enjoy them with breakfast.
  • This easy slow cooker side dish is enjoyed by both kids and adults, making it a great option for even the pickiest of eaters.
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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Fresh Apples - Our favorite type of apple to use for this dish is Fuji apples, but you can use other varieties if preferred as long as they are peeled and cored.
  • Cornstarch - Helps the sweet juice and spices thicken up to a light sauce.
  • Apple Cider - Adds more apple flavor to the sauce while giving it texture.
  • Brown Sugar - Gives these apples a down-home sweetness with a touch of molasses flavor.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg - Adds warming spice throughout the dish that compliments the apples.
  • Butter - Adds a rich buttery flavor along with texture.
  • Vanilla Extract - Gives the apples a fragrant note of vanilla flavor throughout.

How To Make Cracker Barrel Fried Apples In The Crock Pot

Prepare the apples: Wash the apples thoroughly. Peel them with a vegetable peeler and remove the core. Slice them into ½-inch thick pieces before adding them to the bottom of the crockpot.

Assemble the cooking liquid: To the top of the apples, add the melted butter, vanilla extract, seasonings, apple cider, and brown sugar. Stir until the apples are fully coated in the mixture.

Cover and cook: Add the lid to the top and set the crock pot on HIGH for 2 hours. Halfway through, stir to distribute the ingredients evenly.

Stir and serve: Once the apples are fork-tender, give it a stir and serve hot with your favorite dishes. Enjoy!

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Recipe Tips

  • The best types of apples to use in this recipe are ones that are on the firmer side, so they don’t turn to mush. We like to use Fuji apples because they hold up well and are nice and sweet. Other types of apples you could use are Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn.
  • If you'd like to keep the sweet mixture from sticking to the crock pot, try spraying it with cooking spray before adding the ingredients.
  • The total cooking time will depend on the ripeness of the apple. Check them after an hour and a half of cooking to see if they’re tender enough for your liking.


  • If you want a little extra sweetness, feel free to add in an extra tablespoon or two of brown sugar. You could also drizzle some honey over the top once they're done cooking.
  • For a bit of tartness, sprinkle some freshly squeezed lemon juice over the apples before serving.
  • If you want a little crunch, try adding in some chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • Use pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon and nutmeg for a Fall-inspired twist.
  • If you don’t have apple cider, feel free to use white grape juice or water instead.
  • Add in some dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, or currants, for a pop of color and flavor.
  • These copycat cracker barrel fried apples are delicious and served on their own as a side dish. They would also be great served over some ice cream for dessert or with breakfast alongside pancakes or waffles.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Once cooled, transfer the apples to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to one week.

Freezing: Place cooled apples in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to six months. Be aware that they may be a bit more soft and mushy after thawing.

Reheating: Apples can be reheated on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through or in the microwave.

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
PREP TIME  20minutes 
COOK TIME  2hours 
TOTAL TIME  2hours  20minutes 
COURSE  Appetizer
CUISINE  American
CALORIES  113 kcal


  • Your Favorite Crock Pot


  • 6 medium apples (I used Fuji apples - peeled, corded, and cut ½" slices)
  •  tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Add sliced apples to the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • In a medium bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Then, pour over the top of the apples.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. After one hour, give the apples a gentle stir. Cover and continue to cook.
  • Gently stir before serving and enjoy!

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