Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Cracker Barrel fried apples are one of the most popular menu items at the Cracker Barrel. These are a favorite of so many. Fried apples make a great addition to any meal.

Homemade Cracker Barrel Fried Apples in a serving dish.

The Cracker Barrel restaurants thankfully are on many major freeways so when you are traveling you can find a great breakfast or even a tasty lunch or dinner. I love their home cooking style. It is hard to beat a good plate of meatloaf, chicken tenders, or a hearty breakfast. Their menu is diverse enough that everyone will find something they can enjoy.

If you are really lucky you might even have one of these restaurants in your hometown. They are always super busy.

For those of us to have to drive to the Cracker Barrel, you can always make a copycat recipe to tide you over until you get to the real restaurant. The Cracker Barrel Fried Apples are delicious when you make them at home. In the restaurant, they aren’t made fresh, but you can make a copycat of their fried apples using fresh ingredients at home.

You can leave the peels on or take them off, it is completely up to you. I think you can deviate from the recipe a bit if you want to use different types of apples in the recipe. I think by using a couple of different apples you can get a delicious flavor.

Homemade copycat Cracker Barrel fried apples in a baking dish next to apples and cinnamon sticks.

Please note, the video features apples that are not peeled, you can peel the apples if you want them exactly like the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The portion of cooking with the lid on was omitted. You can add a little squeeze of lemon for enhanced flavor.

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Homemade Cracker Barrel Fried Apples in a serving dish.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

You can make the Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples with any type of apple you have on hand.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cracker Barrel Recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 78kcal


  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings, or 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 6 tart apples peeled, cored, and sliced - (video demonstrates this with apples that were not peeled, personal choice should be made).
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  • In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings or butter. Spread the apples evenly over the skillet bottom. Sprinkle the lemon juice over them, followed by the brown sugar and salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, until apples are tender and juicy. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve. You can add a squeeze of lemon at the finish for enhanced flavor, this is optional. You can find many more copycat Cracker Barrel recipes here at


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. N.C.M.

    CRACKER BARREL’S correct Recipe has “NO” Sugar of any kind in it! I know this because I have, and I told them, “diabetes.” That is when I was told. “No sugar of any kind is added. Only the natural sugar that is in the apples.”

  2. Bob

    Thank you for your recipe. I made this recipe for my daughter as the Cracker Barrel fried apples is her favorite. I am not sure what I did wrong but it left a bitter after taste in our mouths. Do you think I might have used too much nutmeg or maybe the cinnamon was too old? As you can tell, I am not an experienced cook and would like to try it again but not sure what went wrong.

    • Wanda Nelson

      Yes you probably put to much cinnamon in it
      As I was told by my mom when I was being taught how to cook different dishes not to use too much cinnamon. Because it will make your dishes bitter. Also watch the amount of nutmeg also.

      • Grammie

        It may be a matter of when you added the cinnamon. I read that cooking makes it bitter, so now in many recipes I try to add it when serving,

  3. Terry

    This is a great basic recipe that can be changed to suit your tastes- I used super juicy tart apples so added a little more brown sugar, some cardamon, nutmeg, a little cornstarch to thicken the juices and just for an extra special a tablespoon of honey jack-no leftovers!

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