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. This is the second time I made these. The first time I used Cortland apples. It was good but this time I used Granny Smith apples, way better. I think they were even better than Craker Barrel. Great easy recipe thanks for sharing!!

    1. So glad that you enjoyed these crockpot-fried apples as much as we do! And thank you for sharing the tip about Granny Smith apples being the better choice 🙂

    1. I recommend using cornstarch and haven’t tried using flour in this recipe myself. However, if you are in a pinch and want to make it now and are all out of cornstarch I would go ahead and use flour. Enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these as a side for pork chops. oh my gosh !! Perfectly delicious ✨ So easy and so fanCy 🍏 Used Granny Smith’s.. Will make these again and again! Thank You 😋

  3. 5 stars
    Love these so much. This will be on my next family Thanksgiving /Christmas dinner for sure.

    1. I cut mine into 1/2 inch wedges. The exact number of slices depends on the size of the apples but I’d say probably somewhere between 8 and 16 slices for the most part.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times using this recipe
    Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for this recipe!

  5. 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.

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