Easy Homemade Fried Cinnamon Apples Recipe

This Easy Homemade fried cinnamon apples Recipe is a sweet, warm, comforting treat or side dish. These tasty baked granny smith apples are coated in a butter-based mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and sugar for an irresistible fall treat!

Easy Cinnamon Fried Apples served in a small white dish. A red apple and cinnamon sticks are shown next to the bowl

Fried cinnamon apples are such a cozy, warm, sweet treat in the fall and winter. I love the taste of the cinnamon and brown sugar with the tartness of the apple. Add in the fact that they are coated in butter and served warm – how could you go wrong? I always loved ordering them at restaurants like Cracker Barrel, but sometimes you just crave them but don’t want to go out, you know? I tried multiple ways of making them at home – the slow cooker, the oven, even the air fryer – but I’ve found that making them in the skillet is by far the best. This baked apples recipe will be your new fall favorite.

You will love how easy it is to make these homemade fried apples. You will also love how yummy it will make your house smell while you are making them! To make these easy cinnamon apples, start by peeling, coring, and dicing your apples. Put them in a bowl and squeeze lemon juice over them. This helps keep them fresh and crisp and prevents them from turning brown. Next, you’ll start making your coating in the skillet. Add butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon, and mix it all together until the butter is melted. After that, you will add in your apples and coat them with the mixture. Let them cook until they are tender. These apples are delicious served with vanilla ice cream – yum!

This Easy Cinnamon Fried Apples recipe is the perfect fall treat! Apples are seasonal fruit, so they are at their best during the fall months. This fried apples recipe is a great way to use up any extra apples that you may have. And it is a tasty way to enjoy the flavor of cinnamon. The best part about this recipe is that it only takes a few minutes to make. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy treat, this is the perfect recipe for you!

What Are Fried Apples?

Fried apples are simply cut apples that have been cooked in a pan with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. They are typically served as a side dish or dessert.

Why You’ll Love These Fried Cinnamon Apples

  • These apples are the perfect blend of fall flavors.
  • They only take a few minutes to make.
  • Your house will be full of the amazing smell of cinnamon apples.
  • This baked apples recipe is a great way to use granny smith apples before they go bad.
  • These are the perfect sweet treat for the colder fall and winter days.

Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Fried Apples

  • Granny smith apples – These need to be peeled, cored, and cut into bite-size pieces.
  • Lemon – A lemon will help all of the flavors balance out!
  • Unsalted butter – You’ll need unsalted butter to help you make fried apples!
  • Brown sugar –  This will add a nice sweet flavor to the apples.
  • Ground cinnamon – The star of the show! Ground cinnamon is what really brings this dish together and adds that delicious fall flavor.
  • Granulated sugar –  This will also contribute to the sweetness of the apples.
close up shot of a spoonful of vanilla ice cream and a couple bite size pieces of fried apples.  A white bowl in the background with red and green apples.

How to Make Fried Cinnamon Apples

Step 1: Peel, core, and dice the apples into bite size pieces and place them in a medium size bowl. 

Step 2: Squeeze lemon juice over apples and stir to coat. Set aside. 

Step 3: In a large skillet add butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon and stir for 3-4 minutes until butter is melted.

Step 4: Add apples and continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the apples are tender. 

Step 5: Serve immediately as is or over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Popular Substitutions & Additions

I prefer the tartness and texture of granny smith apples, but you can also make these easy cinnamon apples with red apples. 

For a different twist on the flavor, use pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon.

How to Store Cinnamon Fried Apples

These fried apples can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Reheat in a skillet on the stove before enjoying again. They are also delicious served cold as well! Serve these easy cinnamon fried apples as a side dish to your favorite pork or chicken entree.

What Can I Serve Easy Cinnamon Fried Apples With?

These homemade cinnamon fried apples are delicious served as a side dish with pork or chicken. They can also be enjoyed as a dessert, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or try serving them over pancakes or waffles for a tasty breakfast option. The options are endless! Enjoy this easy and delicious fall treat any time of day.

Cinnamon fried apples served in a small white bowl with ice cream on the bottom and apples spooned on top.  Another white bowl is shown in the back with more fried apples

FAQs

What Pan Should I Use to Make This Baked Apples Recipe?

Any pan that you have on hand will work for this recipe. Ideally, a skillet or frying pan would work best. I always use a non-stick skillet, but the butter will keep them from sticking, as well

Can I Substitute Brown Sugar for White Sugar In This Baked Apples Recipe

Yes, if you do not have brown sugar on hand, white granulated sugar can be substituted. The flavor may be slightly different, but the apples will still taste good.

Can I Use a Different Type of Apple In This Fried Cinnamon Apples Recipe?

You can use any type of apple that you prefer for this recipe. Each type will offer a slightly different flavor, so experiment with your favorite types to see which you like best. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time, as some apples may take longer to soften and cook.

Can I Add Other Spices To These Baked Apples

Feel free to experiment with this recipe and add any additional spices that you enjoy. Nutmeg or allspice would be tasty additions to this dish. Try adding in some dried cranberries for a pop of color and added sweetness. The possibilities are endless with this fried apple recipe. Just make sure to adjust the measurements as needed.

Enjoying Apples and cinnamon together is always a good thing. This recipe can be used as a dessert or as a side in a meal. What’s your favorite part of this Fried Apples Recipe?

cinnamon fried apples served in a small white bowl with ice cream, apples served on top and a spoon inside.  cinnamon sticks are shown next to the bowl.

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Easy Cinnamon Fried Apples served in a small white dish. A red apple and cinnamon sticks are shown next to the bowl

Easy Homemade Fried Cinnamon Apples Recipe

April King

This Easy Cinnamon Fried Apples Recipe is delicious and easy to make. Made out of granny smith apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon, the flavors mix perfectly together! 

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Course Dessert, Side Dish

Cuisine American

  • 4 large Granny smith apples peeled cored and cut into bite size pieces.
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • Peel, core, and dice the apples into bite size pieces and place them in a medium size bowl.

  • Squeeze lemon juice over apples and stir to coat. Set aside.

  • In a large skillet add butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon and stir for 3-4 minutes until butter is melted.

  • Add apples and continue cooking over medium heat stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until apples are tender.

  • Serve immediatly as is or over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Keyword Easy Cinnamon Fried Apples

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April King

Hi I’m April! I’ve been married to my husband, Brent for 17 years, and we have 3 kids who keeps us on our toes. I love to create easy, simple, yet delicious family friendly recipes. If I’m not in the kitchen you can find me in the carpool lane, dance recitals, sitting on the football field, or chasing our busy toddler.



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