Slow Cooker Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

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An absolutely delicious copycat Cracker Barrel fried apples recipe you can make right at home in your slow cooker. Or you can make your Cracker Barrel fried apples on the stovetop if you prefer.

Cracker Barrel fried apples are reason alone to visit Cracker Barrel, am I right?!

These slow cooker fried apples are so tender and full of flavor, just like the ones at Cracker Barrel.

cinnamon fried apples in a bowl next to an apple and cinnamon sticks

This easy crockpot fried apple recipe is perfect for Autumn and apple-picking season. But to be honest, there isn’t any day of the year that I could turn down some delicious fried apples.

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Just Like The Ones At Cracker Barrell

Can you believe that I didn’t know Cracker Barrel even existed until I was in college?

They didn’t have any Cracker Barrel restaurants where I lived in Northern New Jersey — although Northern New Jersey does have some amazing restaurants.

So it wasn’t until I was on an out-of-state road trip with friends that I came across a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Fast forward to today, and I live just about a 25 minutes away from a Cracker Barrel. So now I am making up for lost time!

Slow cooker fried apples

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Cracker Barrel’s fried apples might just be my favorite thing on their menu right along with their incredible ritz cracker meatloaf. They are just so incredible.

Being able to make these delicious fried apples, right at home in your crockpot, is so easy that you will want to make them every day.

Enjoy them on their own, or pour them over a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a real treat. So good.

How to Make Cracker Barrel Fried Apples in the Slow Cooker

In process image of apples in crockpot

You will need 3-4 pounds of apples for this Cracker Barrel fried apple recipe. I have found that granny smith or golden delicious apples are great for making fried apples, so I would suggest picking up one of those two varieties if possible.

This slow cooker fried apple recipe is as easy as tossing your ingredients in the slow cooker and stirring.

The toughest part is coring, peeling, and slicing your apples, but if you use one of these, you will have your apples ready in no time at all.

Stirring fried apples in the slow cooker

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Slow cooker fried apples
4.52 from 345 votes

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes
An absolutely delicious copycat Cracker Barrel fried apples recipe you can make at home right in your slow cooker.


  • 3-4 lbs apples peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Add apples and cornstarch to slow cooker. Stir to coat apples.
  • Pour in the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon, stirring to mix well.
  • Add butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Stir to mix well.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
  • When cooking time is complete, stir and serve.
Slow cooker fried apples

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  1. I want to substitute Coca-Cola for the lemon juice for a Coke meal I am having….will this work? Debbie Indicott

    1. Your Coke meal sound like so much fun! I suggest leaving the lemon juice as-is and adding 2 teaspoons of coke to the recipe. If you are concerned that they may be too sweet you can use 2 tsp less sugar (fill a 1/4 cup measuring cup with sugar then remove 2 tsp from it). I don’t think the extra liquid will be an issue but if you find it too watery after cooking you can always thicken it with a cornstarch slurry.

    1. I have always cooked these on high but I would imagine you would be okay cooking them for a bit longer on low. I would start checking them after 2.5 hours.

      1. Thank you so much for the prompt response! Will be making these for thanksgiving

  2. 5 stars
    Cooked on high in the crockpot for 2.5 hours. Had never made applesauce before making this recipe, lol. It was the most delicious applesauce and I would make it again! But it definitely wasn’t fried apples.

  3. I have made this recipe and they were delicious. Do you think I could mix up all the night before cooking?

    1. I haven’t tried this myself so I can’t say for sure. My concern is mainly how the raw sliced apples would hold up overnight. It may be better to prepare the full recipe and reheat on low before serving.

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