Fried Apples Recipe

Although I love the Summer months, I by far love this time of year for baking and cooking. The warmth of a comforting bowl of soup, a big pan of Lasagna and of course, all the recipes with apples and pumpkins are top on my list.

Today we are  sharing one of the most amazing recipes from Apple Week. Truly my friends, you need to run (or jump in your car) and go as fast as you can to the Apple Orchard or grocery store and grab yourself some apples and apple juice. Because this Fried Apples Recipe tastes exactly like the ones you get at Cracker Barrel Restaurant.

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Growing up my Mom always made Fried Apples, but the ones she made were actually fried in butter and brown sugar. And although they were delicious, I’m sure they weren’t the best for us. Not having another recipe to use, I duplicated the way she served them for many, many years.

I used golden delicious apples in this recipe, but I think you could certainly use your favorite apple. Check out our Guide to Apples and their uses.

Fried Apples :: Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe from

After trying this recipe, there is no going back to my Mom’s recipe for fried apples. And re-creating the Fried Apple Recipe that Cracker Barrel Restaurant serves, that is definitely a win-win for me!

Fried Apples :: Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe from

I changed the original recipe a bit, and also made them in our cast iron skillet. They will work just fine in a regular skillet too. The amount of Apple Pie Spice is perfect, not too overwhelming.

Fried Apples :: Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe from

We served these Fried Apples as a side dish, but I’m also looking forward to a bowl of ice cream tonight with the apples piled high and a drizzle of caramel sauce. I’m a sucker for caramel and apples together, are you?

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Perfect as a side dish, dessert or ice cream topping. Recipe from
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 2 cups + ½ cup apple juice
  • 5-6 cups golden delicious apples, cleaned, cored and cut into slices about ¼ inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice (recipe here)
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. Clean, core and slice apples
  2. Add 2 cups apple juice to large skillet and add apples, stir to cover with juice the best you can. Stir often and simmer until apples are fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and place in bowl. Keep apple juice on low heat.
  4. In the blender, combine ½ cup apple juice, cornstarch, apple pie spice and brown sugar, blend until smooth
  5. Slowly whisk mixture into heated apple juice, whisking constantly, cook until thick and bubbly.
  6. Add apples back into mixture and heat through
  7. Serve warm or cold
  8. Store leftovers in fridge

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  1. Great idea making this recipe a whole lot healthier and allowing the natural sweetness & crispness of the apples to shine through. Looking forward to serving this alongside some pork chops as a new spin on pork and applesauce!

  2. I love Cracker Barrel apples! They’re finally in season and this is the first recipe I’m making this fall!!!

  3. love “fried” apples….but the calories…I use water instead of apple juice….simmer till water is gone…heavy sprinkle of cinnamon and a tablespoon or two of brown sugar…a bit more water and stir and simmer 5 minutes…had these tonight along with cinnamon french toast and oven baked bacon….very tasty!!!

  4. Hi I have a quick question. As I am going to be trying these next week for dessert purposes;) I was wondering what main meal would these be served as a side dish as you mention in your post above? Just curious. Thanks!

  5. I don’t have enough Apple juice, can i use Apple Cider instead?


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