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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Warm Cinnamon Spiced Apples in the Slow Cooker

Warm and delicious, these cinnamon spiced apples are easily made in the slow cooker. They are a great fall side dish or simple dessert.

bowl of warm cinnamon apples with spoon ready to eat

     These warm cinnamon spiced apples are made in the slow cooker for a perfect fall side dish. You could also spoon them over ice cream, pancakes, oatmeal and more. Because they are made in a  slow cooker, you basically set it and forget it. They are going to disappear quickly so be sure to make plenty!

slices of apple in slow cooker crock

     This may be my new favorite side dish!  Of course it would be, it is a sweet side after-all!

     But really, these apples are so easy and sooooooo good. If you like fried apples or those apples at Cracker Barrel, you are going to love these!

apples with cinnamon and butter in slow cooker

   They come out soft and sweet with a little bit of cinnamon spice.  Little Dude and I could eat a whole batch, I am quite sure of it!

     We did share a few with my husband, begrudgingly. Next time we may need to make a double batch.

serving bowl filled with warm cinnamon apples

    We have enjoyed them as a side dish several times over the years. Their light sweetness is perfect alongside a nice salty slice of ham and duchess sweet potatoes.  What a fun fall meal! 

   We have also served them with roast pork and pumpkin pepper jack macaroni and cheese. They would be fabulous alongside pork chops or grilled or roasted chicken as well. 

warm cinnamon apples topped with scoop of honey cinnamon ice cream

     You will find they work wonderfully as a topping too. Spoon some on pancakes, waffles or a bowl of oatmeal for an instant touch of fall. 
      This last time we made these gems we topped them with honey cinnamon crunch ice cream. I have to say the combination of the warm apples and ice cream was amazing!

      Both recipes include that fabulous combination of honey, brown sugar and cinnamon so they were perfect together. If we didn't have so many other fun things we want to try, it would definitely become a fall staple at our house!

To Peel or not to Peel 

Should you peel the apples before you cook them? It's definitely up to you. 

You are welcome to peel them if that's you preference, but I never do. We don't mind the peels at all.

Plus those peels contain so many of the apple's nutrients.  Besides just coring and slicing the apples is so much faster!

Just use the list below to help you pick great apples to use.  Obviously the more tender the skin, the more enjoyable they will be to eat.

slow cooker filled with cooked apple slices with some served

What kind of apples are good for cooking?

Some apples work better for cooking then others.  There are varieties that are more likely to hold their shape through being cooked and others that are more likely to turn to mush.

Luckily the mush will likely be delicious, but not ideal for pretty presentation!  So here are a few varieties that hold up and present well:

Jonagold apples are great raw or cooked.  They are one of my favorite apples to get at our local orchard.  

They work perfect for recipes like this because they are fabulous on their own and and hold up well.  They don't store as well though, so enjoy them during the peak of the season.

Jonagolds are a mix between Jonathan and golden delicious.  Jonathan's themselves are a great baking apple and tend to be just a tad bit more tart than the Jonagold. Both are crisp, delicious and great for cooking with. 

Braeburn apples are another flavorful apple in their own right, so they are perfect for a recipe like this where the apples are the star of the show. 

Pink Ladies are a fabulous option.  They have that mix of sweet and tart and hold their shape wonderfully. 

Honeycrisp apples are basically the be all end all of apples.  They are wonderful in almost any situation. 

Granny Smith apples are sort of the classic baking apple.  They are naturally tart, so the finished product doesn't end up too sweet. 

The skins on granny Smith apples do tend to be a little tougher than the rest, but it certainly isn't a deal breaker.  You may want to peel your apples if you choose to use them in this recipe.

More apple varieties to try in baking: Fuji, crispin, golden delicious, and winesnap.

Watch me make these yummy apples on YouTube:

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Spiced Apples you love fried apples, you are going to love this recipe. These yummy apple slices are cooked in a crock pot with a mix of cinnamon, brown sugar and honey until it all comes together into a perfect mix. It is great as a side dish, wonderful served over pancakes or waffles, or top with with a scoop of ice cream as a simple dessert. It is super versatile, perfect for fall and oh so tasty!
Yield: 12 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Warm Cinnamon Spiced Apples in the Slow Cooker

Warm Cinnamon Spiced Apples in the Slow Cooker

These warm cinnamon spiced apples are made in the slow cooker for a perfect fall side dish. You could also spoon them over ice cream, pancakes, oatmeal and more. Because they are made in a slow cooker, you basically set it and forget it. They are going to disappear quickly so be sure to make plenty!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 4 HourTotal time: 4 H & 15 M


  • 6 apples (you'll want to use a variety that stands up to cooking)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter


  1. Core and slice apples, place in slow cooker (I used my 4 qt insert)
  2. Place remaining ingredients on apples.
  3. Cook on low for 4 hours, gently stirring when there's an hour left.
  4. If you want a thicker "syrup," add a slurry of 1-2 tsp corn starch to about the same amount of water at the three hour mark. Stir into the apples' juices and allow to cook on high for the last hour.
  5. Serve warm



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These warm cinnamon spiced apples are made in the slow cooker for a perfect fall side dish. You could also spoon them over ice cream, pancakes, oatmeal and more. Because they are made in a  slow cooker, you basically set it and forget it. They are going to disappear quickly so be sure to make plenty!


  1. Oh my goodness, these apples look divine! I bet these make the whole house smell fabulous!!

    1. Thank you! They do make the whole house smell so yummy. I have to make them on days I am out of the house for work otherwise I am hungry all day ;-)

  2. Wow, this looks so yummy and easy! I'm going to pin it for this weekend!! Thank you!

  3. Oh, what an idea! First I thought this was a dessert (you know I'd serve it with a pint of whipping cream, lol) but I bet it pairs up with ham wonderfully! Must try!!!

    1. It would be a delicious dessert as well. I actually have another batch going right now. Whipped cream would be amazing with it and I happen to have cream in the fridge right now! Maybe some maple whipped cream... mmmmm!

  4. Good Evening Carlee, Oh my word, slow cooker apples.... this sounds fabulous. I am trying to use my slow cooker much more, so I am definitely going to be trying your recipe. Rather than a side dish, I feel sure I will enjoy these scrumptious apples with some Devon cream.
    Best Wishes

    1. That would be wonderful! I definitely go through phases with my slow cooker. Sometimes I use it a lot and then I forget to use it for a while. It really is a great way to have something delicious on extra busy days!

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    1. Thank you, we really enjoy them every time we make them!

  6. I've always eaten cinnamon apples at a restaurant, but never thought to make them at home. Love it! And it looks so easy cooked in the slow cooker. They look awesome!

    1. They are so good and really easy. We've been having them once a week lately!

    2. Those look good - bet they go great with vanilla ice cream too! Thanks for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome, What's for Dinner linky party!

    3. They would be perfect with ice cream! Now I am hungry!

  7. Ohhhh wow, these look like such an amazing side dish! Or over ice cream... or really just anything! They don't get mushy after 4 hours?

    1. As long as you use a sturdy apple, they hold up. When I used Jonathon and Jonagold apples they were perfect. I did a batch with more variety and a few did break up. It didn't bother us one bit, but they weren't as pretty.

  8. This is perfect! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to see your fabulous new creations. The party goes until Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  9. I can almost taste this delicious dish of apples. Your recipe is awesome, I have pinned it. We really enjoy you sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Love these apples! Thanks for sharing them on Five Friday Finds and reminding me I need to make some. :) You're featured this week too! :)

    1. Thank you! I have made them quite a few times in the past few weeks. I think we're hooked!

  11. We love spiced apples and this slow cooker recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  12. Gimme dem apples right now. Yum, yum, yum. Happy Monday friend!

  13. I'm a little chilly right now and these apples sound perfect! They sound like something I would like so much!

  14. I'm so glad you posted this! Your tips about apples are so helpful too. I am voting for the apples with the ice cream on top frankly. That sounds amazing.

    1. It was sooooo good that way! I am really excited that apple season is finally back.


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