Mom’s Fried Apples

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jan. 03, 2024
Mom often made these rich cinnamon-sugar apples when I was growing up. I swear the folks at Cracker Barrel copied her recipe! —Margie Tappe, Prague, Oklahoma


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 medium unpeeled tart red apples, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  1. Melt butter in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet. Add apples and 1/2 cup sugar; stir to mix well. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring frequently.
  2. Add cinnamon and remaining sugar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat 5-10 minutes longer. If desired, serve with ice cream.

Fried Apple Tips

What's the best apple for cooking?

We think Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Empire, Braeburn and Cortland apples are some of the best apples for cooking. They're hard to beat because they are firm and tend to hold their shape when cooked. Plus, they're easy to find in most grocery stores.

Can you freeze fried apples?

Yes, you can freeze fried apples! After preparing the fried apples, let cool them completely, then place in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 to 6 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator and warm in a saucepan over medium heat.

How do you store apples for the winter?

First, select sturdier apples with thick skins. Store in a cool, dry place, like your fridge crisper drawer or even in a sheltered outdoor area like a garage or shed. Learn more about storing apples during winter.

What else can I do with a bunch of apples?

Taste of Home offers a plethora of ideas for baking and cooking with apples! For inspiration, check out our apple recipes page, top 10 apple dessert recipes and best apple recipes from every state.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 235 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.