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Slow Cooker Copycat Cracker Barrel Apples

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This Slow Cooker Copycat Cracker Barrel Apples combines apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, butter, and vanilla with a little bit of cornstarch to create the side dish we all love from Cracker Barrel right in the comfort of your own home. All the deliciousness of a fried apple recipe made in the comfort of your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Copycat Cracker Barrel Apples

If you have ever been to Cracker Barrel you know how good their Cracker Barrel Fried apples are. In fact a lot of us go just to eat these. What if I told you that you can make these right at home? This slow cooker copycat Cracker Barrel Apple is simple to prepare and taste just like the ones you eat at Cracker Barrel. 

You will love the sweet cinnamon smell as you make these and how easy these are to recreate at home. Just mix, dump, cook, and enjoy! 

slow cooker cracker barrel apples

Pair this with Air Fryer Dorito chicken for a perfect southern meal the whole family will enjoy. 

How to make Slow Cooker Copycat Cracker Barrel Apples

1. Prepare the slow cooker liner with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place the apples in the slow cooker.

place apples in slow cooker

3. Stir together the dry ingredients: both sugars, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples and toss the apples until evenly coated.

4. In a large measuring cup, stir together the melted butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Pour over the apples.

5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours. Be careful not to overcook as the apples will look intact but fall apart upon stirring.

Slow Cooker Cracker Barrel Apples

6. Stir gently prior to serving.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • The secret to this recipe is a tart apple. I mix Honeycrisp and Granny Smith but you can easily use just Granny Smith apples. Using two varies gives some variation in flavor. 
  • Be sure you leave the peels on. This is one of the reasons why so many people love it! Leaving the peels on also helps the apples not fall apart and become apple sauce. 
  • If you choose, you can use an apple slicer/ corer if you prefer. 
  • When possible use the juice of a real lemon rather than the lemon juice concentrate. 
Slow Cooker Copycat Cracker Barrel Apples

Storage

If you have leftovers you will want to store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You will want to warm up in the microwave until the desired temperature. 

How should I eat these?

These apples are so good on their own or easily paired with your favorite dish. I of course love serving them over vanilla ice cream as well!

Slow Cooker Cracker Barrel Apples

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Slow Cooker Cracker Barrel Apples

Slow Cooker Copycat Cracker Barrel Apples

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

This Slow Cooker Copycat Cracker Barrel Apples combines apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, butter, and vanilla with a little bit of cornstarch to create the side dish we all love from Cracker Barrel right in the comfort of your own home.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    1. Prepare the slow cooker liner with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Place the apples in the slow cooker.
    3. Stir together the dry ingredients: both sugars, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples and toss the apples until evenly coated.
    4. In a large measuring cup, stir together the melted butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Pour over the apples.
    5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours. Be careful not to overcook as the apples will look intact but fall apart upon stirring.
    6. Stir gently prior to serving.

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