Like sweet, gooey, apple pie filling – as a sauce or topping! Thrown together easily in the crock-pot or slow-cooker, and ready in two hours, these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples are addicting. You will want these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples on EVERYTHING! Ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal… the possibilities are endless!
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Here’s the story about these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples: I get a text from my friend Lindsay – one of my best friends, and my best (and only) friend from law school. In fact, she was probably a taste-tester of mine when I did a lot of baking and cooking in law school! However, she would turn down a lot of treats because she didn’t want the temptation around. I totally get it, especially since I’m constantly surrounded by desserts these days. 🙂
Anyway, I get a text from her asking whether it’s a big deal that she added a tablespoon of nutmeg to a recipe instead of a tablespoon of cinnamon. I know that Lindsay is more of a cook than a baker, so I was surprised that she was using baking spices for something, and I immediately wanted to know what she was making.
Also, I candidly told her that a tablespoon of nutmeg is quite A LOT of nutmeg, and that it’s one of those spices where a little goes a long way. Eek.
She sent me the link to these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples, and I’m not kidding when I tell you that I wanted to make them *immediately*. Like, on the spot. I actually searched my fridge to see if I had enough apples to throw this together. I didn’t, sadly, so I had to wait to experience the witchcraft that is these simple, but oh-so delectable Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples.
I don’t know why I felt so captured by this recipe, but I could.not.wait. to make these. Such a simple idea, but almost genius! Like apple pie, without the crust. Just perfectly sweet, gooey, spicy, apple pie filling. YAY.
Lindsay isn’t a huge sweet-tooth, and doesn’t do a lot of baking or dessert-making, but she said that she makes these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples regularly for her husband – he likes to put them on ice cream, oatmeal, and yogurt.
There is so much to love here. First of all, you can make them in a crock pot. Hiiiii, what more do you need to know? Crock pot recipes are the best. I jump at any chance to use my crock pot.
Every single ingredient (except maybe the apples) is something you probably have on hand in your pantry. If you pick up a bag of apples, you can have these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples anytime you want. The ingredients are super common and accessible.
These are soooo delicious, easy, and versatile. Apple pie filling in a sauce or topping. You can put these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples on ANYTHING!!! It’s such a simple idea, but such an amazing idea, and I’m so excited to have this recipe now.
By the way, Lindsay had to rinse off all the apples and start over with making that batch. A tablespoon of nutmeg is a helluva lot of nutmeg. 😉
Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples
Like sweet, gooey, apple pie filling - as a sauce or topping! Thrown together easily in the crock-pot or slow-cooker, and ready in two hours, these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples are addicting. You will want these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples on EVERYTHING! Ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal... the possibilities are endless!
- 6 apples (I used Gala) peeled, cored, chopped
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup apple cider, apple juice, or water
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. apple pie spice
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 3 tbsp. flour
Combine all ingredients in a slow-cooker, and stir to coat.
Set to 'low', and cook for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft and tender, but not mushy.
Slow-cookers and crock-pots can vary quite a lot in cooking time. My slow-cooker tends to cook pretty fast, and even on 'low', these were ready in about 2 hours! Please check occasionally to see how your apples are progressing!
Adapted from Recipes That Crock.
I’ve since made these Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples in a spiked version – check out these Fireball Crock-Pot Cinnamon Apples!
If you love crock pot or slow-cooker recipes, I have a lot, but they’re all pretty much savory. Still, they’re worth checking out for simple dinners! My personal faves are this Slow-Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken, Slow-Cooker Chicken Paprikash, and Slow-Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken.