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Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

This ice storm sure has packed a punch for Oklahoma.

I’ve got limbs down everywhere. A tree fell on my car! Our heater and wood-burning stove has been working overtime the last few days.

I’m ready for the rain to stop and the ice to melt so my trees can get back to trying to survive. If we make it out of this without the majority of them kicking the bucket, I’ll call it a win.

There’s nothing better on these cold, icy nights than a warm slice of apple pie. A bite of apple pie can take my mind off of all the work we have to do to clean up around here.

We’re still without an oven (only a few more weeks left— we’ve bought an oven, it’s just going to take some time to deliver it!) so I can’t make any pie right now. But I can make the second best thing: fried apples.

It’s like the best part of apple pie minus the crust. I’m okay with that; I’m not really a crust kind of gal.

These fried apples are almost exactly like what you can find at Cracker Barrel. They’re homey and satisfying and so good you’ll want to get seconds.

I topped mine with whipped cream but honestly, these are just as good by themselves.


Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A simple skillet dessert that tastes like Cracker Barrel's famous fried apples.


  • 6 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 TBS. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 TBS. butter
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 TBS. cornstarch


  1. Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together white and brown sugar with cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Add sliced apples to melted butter and cook on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in sugar-cinnamon mixture and continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until apples are tender.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider and cornstarch. Pour into apple mixture and stir well. Remove apples from heat.
  4. Serve apples alone or topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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