Our nearest Cracker Barrel is over an hour away, so I’ve been trying to develop Copycat Cracker Barrel recipes for all of our favorites. Today’s recipe is a pretty spot-on Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples recipe made completely in a cast iron skillet. These apples make the perfect side dish or a light dessert and are perfect for satisfying your Cracker Barrel cravings!
Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe
Every couple of weeks, I try to group all of my out-of-town errands together in one day.
It’s busy, expensive, and usually takes a few hours – sometimes it takes up the entire day.
Ella is usually with me on these days, especially if any of the errands involve buying clothes for her because she is so. darn. picky. But if we make it through the day without whining or begging for unnecessary purchases, she knows we’re going to make a special stop at Cracker Barrel.
At this point, I think she’s tried the entire menu – so she is my in-house Cracker Barrel expert. These not-too-sweet, cinnamon-coated apples in a luscious apple pie filling-like sauce passed her scrutinizing taste test so I think it’s safe to share it here with you today.
Making these skillet fried apples is so quick and low-maintenance, it’s a great recipe to add to your meal prep sessions or just indulge in on a weekend. (I wouldn’t hesitate to make them on a BBQ night, either.)
Can these skillet fried apples be frozen? You can freeze the apple mixture before cooking (apples, white sugar, brown sugar and apple pie spice) but the final cooked apples will turn to mush if frozen and thawed, so I personally don’t recommend freezing. This recipe does last for up to a week in the fridge, so I’d personally just recommend that.
What types of apples should I use for Cracker Barrel fried apples? Personally, I recommend a mix of tart apples and moderately sweet apples. For the recipe pictured here, I used Golden Delicious and Cortland, but I’d also recommend Granny Smith, McIntosh, Pink Lady, Gala, etc. While I love Honeycrisp apples for snacking, they would be too sweet in this recipe.
Can I make these Cracker Barrel apples in the crockpot? Yes! Just add all ingredients to a crockpot and set to low for 3 hours. You may need to increase the apple cider slightly – and crockpot liners will make this a breeze to clean up.
What to Serve with Cracker Barrel Apples
These skillet fried apples are a treat all on their own, but they also make a great dessert topping or an indulgent addition to your favorite brunch recipes, like:
- Copycat Disneyland Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
- Apple Cinnamon French Toast
- Dutch Baby Pancakes
- Apple Spice Granola
- Copycat Cinnabun Cinnamon Rolls
- or, just a bowl full of yogurt!
Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Ingredients
- Apples, mixture of sweet and tart (we used Cortland and Golden Delicious)
- White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Apple Pie Spice <– grab our recipe for homemade apple pie spice
- Apple Cider
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: at Cracker Barrel, the apples are peeled before cooking – I personally don’t mind the peels in this recipe but if you want a more authentic copycat version, make sure to peel your apples before chopping.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cast Iron Skillet <– I love the versatility of a good cast-iron pan – you can make everything from eggs to dessert in them and they transition easily from the stove to the oven. This one is pre-seasoned and great for even heating
- Sharp kitchen knives
- Apple peeler
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
How to Make Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, white sugar, brown sugar and apple pie spice.
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
Add the apples to the melted butter and cook until softened.
Whisk the cornstarch into the apple cider and add to the skillet.
Allow mixture to bubble and thicken, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and enjoy immediately.
Grab your free printable for our Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples recipe:
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 1g
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves this easy Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples recipe as much as mine does! It’s a definite family favorite that is going into high rotation already.