Crockpot cinnamon apples are slow-cooked to perfection creating a delicious syrup atop tender and soft apple slices. The aroma of these apples fills your house with cinnamon sugar goodness!
Why this recipe works
These crockpot cinnamon apples taste and smell just like fall. These versatile apple slices can be served for breakfast, alongside dinner, or topped with ice cream for dessert.
Nothing screams sweater weather better than cinnamon and apples together in the same recipe. This is an awesome way to use up your bounty of freshly picked apples from the orchard. Need more ideas to use them up? Try our hot apple cider!
Ingredients you will need
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Ingredient Info and Substitution Suggestions
APPLE – We’d suggest using a firm apple for this recipe. Some great options include Granny Smith for their nice firm texture and tart flavor. Golden Delicious and Pink Lady are great for their amazing taste. Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp work as well. Be sure to slice your apples at about 1/3-1/2 inch thickness. Too thin of an apple slice may result in soggy apples.
How to Make Crockpot Cinnamon Apples
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- Peel and core the apples, then slice about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick.
EXPERT TIP: If you’re using a firm apple slice them thinner, if your apples are soft cut them thicker so they keep their shape. This is so much easier if you have an apple corer that slices at the same thickness.
- Put all the apple slices in a 6 qt crockpot, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and stir to coat.
- Dot with butter and cook until soft.
- The apples are done when tender, but not soggy. They should retain their shape. Around 2 hour and 45 minutes (on high) seemed to produce the best texture for us. Keep an eye on your apples, checking for tenderness every 15 minutes after the 2 hour mark.
Frequently Asked Questions & Expert Tips
We would suggest you opt for a firm apple like Granny Smith (pictured above), Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, and Honeycrisp. A firmer apple will hold its shape better when slow-cooked. You may use a softer apple variety, but be sure to check on your apples for doneness during the cooking process as these types of apples become “mushy” or “soggy” quicker.
The downside of prepping apple slices in advance is that they brown quickly. We would suggest prepping everything as you’re ready to make the recipe in the crockpot.
Though these apples are best served fresh, you can store the cooled apples in an air-tight container kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in the crockpot or on the stovetop. You may also try freezing them by lining a glass baking dish with plastic wrap with the cooled apples on top, then pop them into the freezer (flash freezing). When frozen, remove from the freezer and take the apples and plastic wrap out of the dish. Wrap apples, or put them into a Ziploc bag, and put them back into the freezer. When you want to thaw, remove from freezer, unwrap, and place into a bowl to thaw.
Crockpot cinnamon apples are delicious for breakfast and make a terrific topping for oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, you name it! They’re also fantastic alongside savory dishes like roast pork or Thanksgiving dinner. You can also serve them for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream.
More Apple Recipes
- Mini Apple Pies
- Apple Pizza
- Apple Pie Cookies
- Baked Apple Crisp
- Air Fryer Apple Fries
- Apple Cider Milkshake
- Crockpot Apple Cobbler
- Apple Cranberry Cobbler
- Apple Hand Pies
- 3-Ingredient Apple Pie Cupcakes
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Crockpot Cinnamon Apples
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- 6 large Granny Smith apples about 3 lbs- peeled and cored. Or any firm apple variety
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup if your apples are super sweet
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Cut apples about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick slices. Place in 4 or 6 quart crock pot.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, then stir to coat evenly.
- Cut butter into small pieces and dot over apples.
- Cover and cook on High for 3 hours, or Low for 6 hours, stirring halfway through cook time.
- The apples are done when tender, but not soggy. They should retain their shape. Around 2 hours and 45 minutes (on high) seemed to produce the best texture for us. Keep an eye on your apples, checking for tenderness every 15 minutes after the 2 hour mark.
Expert Tips & FAQs
- Cook times may vary based on slow cooker brand, size, model, etc. It’s important to note that you will want to check on your apples in the crockpot for doneness after the 2 hour mark (on high). Desired texture and tenderness are based upon individual preference.
- Using a firm apple variety such as Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Honeycrisp will hold their shape better in the slow cooker compared to a softer apple.