Slow Cooker Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Whip up a batch of these irresistibly tender Cracker Barrel fried apples right at home! Perfect as a cozy dessert or a delightful side, these slow cooker apples are the ultimate comfort food. Ready in just 2 hours, they’re a simple yet delicious treat that’s sure to become a new favorite!

  • Author: Ember
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings






  • 34 lbs apples (peeled and sliced into wedges) – The star of the dish, providing a sweet and tart base.
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch – Helps thicken the sauce, giving it a glossy, appealing texture.
  • ¼ cup brown sugar – Adds a deep, caramel-like sweetness.
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar – Enhances the sweetness while balancing the flavors.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon – Offers a warm, spicy note that is quintessential to the dish.
  • ¼ cup butter (melted) – Contributes to the richness and velvety texture of the sauce.
  • 2 tsp lemon juice – A touch of acidity to brighten the flavors.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract – Adds a layer of aromatic sweetness.


  1. Begin by adding the peeled and sliced apples to the slow cooker. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the apples and stir to ensure they are evenly coated.
  2. Next, add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon to the slow cooker. Stir the mixture well to combine the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Pour the melted butter over the apple mixture, followed by the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stir everything together, making sure the apples are well coated with all the ingredients.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook on high for 2 hours. This slow cooking process allows the apples to become tender and the flavors to meld beautifully.
  5. Once the cooking time is complete, stir the apples once more. They should be tender, with a thick, glossy sauce enveloping them.


  • Substitutions: If you’re out of brown sugar, you can use all granulated sugar, though you’ll miss some depth of flavor.
  • Variety is Key: Feel free to mix apple varieties for a more complex flavor profile.
  • Peeling: While peeling is recommended for texture, leaving the skin on adds nutritional value and color.
  • Store leftover fried apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months, though the texture may be slightly altered upon thawing.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat, adding a little water or apple juice if the sauce has thickened too much in the fridge. Alternatively, microwave in short bursts, stirring in between to ensure even heating.