These Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples are my favourite dish at Cracker Barrel! 

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Every time we visit the States and we are close to a Cracker Barrel restaurant, we have to stop in. These Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples sprang from my love of that particular side dish option. ( I’m sure there are going to be a few more recipes along the way. Just wait!)

Gah. Now I am craving their hash brown casserole too! That’s a pretty amazing side dish, I think I’ll make that when it gets really cold here in Edmonton.

So tomorrow, then, because it snowed yesterday. On September 19th. What. EVER. Mother Nature is truly not having a good year.
 Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples ( Slow Cooker or Instant Pot!). This is my favourite side dish at Cracker Barrel and now you can make it at home! Recipe from @kitchenmagpie . #apples #recipes #copycat #crackerbarrel

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I’m pretty sure that the reason I love Cracker Barrel so much is that we really don’t have anything like it here in Canada. That place is chock full of chicken fried everything, gravies out the wazoo, endless options of hash brown and yes, these fried apples! We actually ignored Cracker Barrels for a few years on our journey’s, opting to try out other more local, small business options.

Then one time, on a spur of a moment whim, we tried it.

 Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples ( Slow Cooker or Instant Pot!). This is my favourite side dish at Cracker Barrel and now you can make it at home! Recipe from @kitchenmagpie . #apples #recipes #copycat #crackerbarrel

And now we have to get our fix at least one time whenever we visit the United States. ( I mean, let’s face it, you really shouldn’t eat it more than once hahah!) We are going on a trip again this Christmas and you can bet that a stop at a Cracker Barrel is on the list!

When my apple tree gave me more apples this year than I know what to do with, I decided it was time to make some copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples. Why they are called fried apples I can’t figure out, because I am pretty sure that in the quantities they have to make them for a large restaurant they are using massive stock pots of these suckers. Perhaps at one point they were fried up in a skillet.

 Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples ( Slow Cooker or Instant Pot!). This is my favourite side dish at Cracker Barrel and now you can make it at home! Recipe from @kitchenmagpie . #apples #recipes #copycat #crackerbarrel

This recipe couldn’t get easier. Dump it all together in a crockpot and let it cook for a few hours. You end up with these gorgeous apples in a spicy brown sugar and butter sauce.

Eat them with ice cream or just a side dish for fun.

 Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples ( Slow Cooker or Instant Pot!). This is my favourite side dish at Cracker Barrel and now you can make it at home! Recipe from @kitchenmagpie . #apples #recipes #copycat #crackerbarrel

The real key to a good copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples recipe is that you have to leave the PEELS ON! Yes, in the restaurant they leave the peels on the apples and that’s why they are so popular. The peel helps to keep the apples from falling apart into, well, applesauce basically. It also give them some much needed texture.

Happy cooking! Does anyone else love these apples ( and Cracker Barrel) as much as I do?

Love,

Karlynn

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples ( Slow Cooker!)
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
 
Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples ( Slow Cooker or Instant Pot!). This is my favourite side dish at Cracker Barrel and now you can make it at home!
Course: desserts
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 12 cups of sliced apples peel on ( sour apples like Granny Smith or home grown on the tree are best!)
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3/4 cup of salted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup of apple juice
Instructions
Slow Cooker Instructions:
  1. Set your crock pot on the high setting. Spray it with cooking spray then place the apples in the crock pot.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cinnamon, pie spice, brown sugar and cornstarch until it's all mixed in completely.
  3. Sprinkle over the top of the apples. Pour the melted butter and apple juice over top of the mixture. Stir until everything is coated.
  4. Cook on high for 3-4 hours  (this depends on your slow cooker!) or until apples are tender and the sauce has thickened.
  5. Serve hot for the tastiest results!
Instant Pot Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cinnamon, pie spice, brown sugar and cornstarch until it's all mixed in completely.
  2. Sprinkle over the top of the apples. Pour the melted butter and apple juice over top of the mixture. Stir until everything is coated. Place in the instant pot.
  3. Choose to either slow cook or pressure cook.
  4. To slow cook , use the slow cook button and cook for 4-5 hours OR until soft.
  5. To pressure cook, use the high pressure option and cook for 3 minutes high pressure for thin apples, 5 minutes for medium apples and 8 minutes for very thick apples (if you use an apple slicer, these are the thick apples.)  Manually quick release and either keep on
  6. "keep warm" or serve right away.
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Author

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

11 Comments

  1. Made this today in my InstaPot and it never would pressurize. The apples had cooked some with my multiple attempts to pressurize, so I just put them in a microwave safe dish and finished cooking for 3 minutes.
    After researching I think the problem with pressurizing was the limited amount of liquid. Next time I will probably try upping the apple juice to pressurize then vent and use sautée function to cook off any extra liquid.
    Any other ideas?
    They were really cook and a hit at my ladies Bible study!

    • “technically” that should be enough but pressure cookers can give you a hard time. Add another 1/4 cup and see if that helps! I am so glad that they were a hit!

  2. This looks and sounds so delicious. The title says crockpot or Instant Pot, but I don’t see any directions for the Instant Pot. Could you let me know that please?

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