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The Best Easy Fried Apples

Easy fried apples are a decadent Thanksgiving side dish and fall dessert. These apples get tossed in a mix of butter and sugar and cinnamon for the best flavors of the season.

A spoonful of easy fried apples- a yummy fall or holiday side dish or a perfect pancake or icing topping
Easy Fried Apples
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There’s nothing that makes me feel cozier than the scent of cinnamon apples wafting through the area.

Unless I’ve got something deliciously pumpkiny baking at the same time.

That right there is my version of heaven.

But let me tell you these fried apples are pretty heavenly themselves.

While they aren’t a copycat version of Cracker Barrel fried apples, they are equally as delicious.

Warm, buttery, cinnamony, sort of caramely.

The kind of dish that tastes like dessert but is a decadent side on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or whatever holiday you are celebrating.

And of course you can serve them as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Fried Apples: Apples, Cinnamon, Sugar, and Butter
Ingredients for Fried Apples: Apples, Cinnamon, Sugar, and Butter
  • Apples– Small to medium crisp apples, diced. 6 small to medium apples diced
  • Butter a stick
  • Brown sugar– half cup of light brown sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon- a tablespoon

You’ll also need a few basic kitchen tools including:

How to Make

1. Cut the apples.

Dice the apples.
Dice the apples.

Dice the apples so they are roughly equal sized pieces.

2. Cook the apples.

Cook the diced apples in a pan.
Cook the diced apples in a pan.

Melt the butter in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the apples. Stir in the cinnamon. Let the apples cook for 10 minutes, stirring occassionally.

3. Stir in the sugar.

Stir in the brown sugar to the skillet of apples.
Stir in the brown sugar to the skillet of apples.

When the apples are tender, stir in the sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved into a caramel consistency. Let the apples continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

Easy fried apples under a scoop of vanilla ice cream make a delicious fall dessert.
Easy Fried Apples

There’s never a bad time to serve up a pan of fried apples.

We like to make them at breakfast as a topping for:

For dinner they are delicious with traditional holiday meals and pair well with:

And of course you can serve these for dessert! I recommend serving them warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

What is the best type of apple to fry?

It’s a personal preference but I highly recommend using a crisp firm apple similar to a Granny Smith. They will hold up better when you cook them than a soft apple like Red Delicious.

Can I use these for apple pie filling?

Yes! If you want to use them for apple pie filling, I recommend stirring in a teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.

Storing

Store leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Tips and Tricks

Fried apples and vanilla ice cream are a fall dessert made in heaven!
Fried apples and vanilla ice cream are a fall dessert made in heaven!
  • Like your apples to have a little more crunch to them? Don’t dice them quite so small or cut them into slices.
  • No need to peel your apples for this.
  • Want to add a little extra flavor? Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or half a teaspoon of nutmeg.
  • For extra crunch, top the skillet of apples with graham cracker crumbs.

Other Apple Recipes

Easy Fried Apples make a delicious side dish at the holidays, breakfast topping, or base for pie pie filling.
Easy Fried Apples

Fried apples are a delicious topping, side dish, or dessert to enjoy!

Looking for other apple recipes? Try these:

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A spoonful of easy fried apples- a yummy fall or holiday side dish or a perfect pancake or icing topping

The Best Easy Fried Apples

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Easy fried apples are a decadent Thanksgiving side dish and fall dessert. These apples get tossed in a mix of butter and sugar and cinnamon for the best flavors of the season.

Ingredients

  • 6 small to medium crisp apples diced
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Dice the apples into roughly equal sized pieces, discarding the cores, stems, and seeds.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium sized skillet over medium heat.
  3. When the butter is melted, add the apples. Stir in the cinnamon. Let the apples cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. When the apples are tender, stir in the sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved into a caramel consistency.
  5. Let the apples continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

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