Country Style Baked or Fried Apples

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Country Style Sliced Baked or Our Copycat Version for Cracker Barrel Fried Apples are the absolute best side dish for any meal.

These are so popular in the South on just about every menu.

You will mostly find them skillet-fried in butter with sugar and cinnamon.

I have two versions for you to try, one baked in the oven and the other fried.

They're both spectacular in flavors and super easy to make.

Serve them with delicious pork chops, pulled pork, or any outdoor barbecued meats, these are always gobbled up first so make a double batch!

The recipe is easy enough for even the kids to make and I always get the best compliments.

These apples can also be served on as a side with breakfast, lunch box treats for school or even a fancy dinner party.

They go great with anything from ham dinners or pancakes for breakfast.

You may want to try our Country Fried Chicken or my Best Fried Pork Chop recipe with these delicious apple slices.

Just scroll down to the printable recipe card for both styles to try out.

this is a top shot of country fried apples in a white ramekin bowl. In the background is a big brown bean pot, wooden spoon and whole apples with a white bar cloth

these are country style apples in a white bowl with a wooden spoon and cinnamon sticks

Country Baked or Fried Apples

Down here in Florida we have numerous local diners that serve these.

Most of the country-fried apples on the menu but I love making them baked since it's an easier method than standing behind the stove.

Either way, both recipes are great!

I always order these country-style sliced baked apples with my breakfast,  they're truly a must-have with breakfast at the local Crackbarrel restaurants here in Florida.

A great alternative to having to make dessert at dinner time also.

this is the stovetop saucepan simmering country style apples

Ingredients Needed to Make This Recipe

Country Style Sliced Baked Apples

  • apples
  • sugar
  • flour
  • butter
  • water
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of cinnamon or allspice (or more to taste I love cinnamon I add around 1 teaspoon or more)

this is a pan of country style sliced apples ready to be baked

Other Fruits We Love:

(use the same methods)

  1. Peaches
  2. Red Pears
  3. Mango
  4. Pineapple

these are granny smith apples

More Recipes We Love

Best Side Dishes 

Best Potato Dishes

cast iron skillet and apples with a baking sheet full of country baked apples are in this photo

Tools You Will Need

  • Cast Iron Skillet or Saucepan
  • 13 x 9 baking pan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowl
  • Potato peeler
  • Knife
  • Mason jars or storage containers

these are country style baked apples in a bowl using Cortland apple slices and there is a brown bean crock in the photo

Pin for Later

this is a pin for later recipe for sliced baked apples copycat recipe from Cracker Barrel

Making Country Style Apples

Just a few tips, simmer them in butter for the stovetop method longer for softer apples.

Bake them longer if you like them softer in the oven.

Add more spice to taste if you love cinnamon like we do.

Enjoy these apples with any meals you make, it's the best side dish with any breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

One last thing, if you want to use a sugar substitute, no problem sweeten to taste and use your favorite.

Country Style Sliced Baked or Fried Apples

Country Style Baked  or Fried Apples
Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min
Here is a delicious baked country style apple recipe or country-fried skillet recipe that goes great with any barbecue or cookout meal. Country style baked apples are found all over the South the kind you find in old fashioned diners, breakfast restaurants. A thickened sauce with apples and cinnamon a perfect side dish for any meal at any time of the day.


  • Country Style Sliced Baked Apples
  • 4 cups of sliced Granny Smith apples peeled and cored ( or leave the skins on if you like them)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or more to taste (we love cinnamon I add around 1 teaspoon or more)
  • Optional: a dash of allspice
  • Country Style Skillet Fried Apples (Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe)
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider – or apple juice
  • 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch
  • 6 large Golden Delicious apples peeled and wedges
  • 1 teaspoon. of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of allspice
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar


  1. For Country Baked Apples Instructions:
  2. Place apples in a butter-greased 13 x 9 baking dish.
  3. Mix sugar, flour, and butter until crumbly; sprinkle over apples.
  4. Add water, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until done and slightly brown around 25 minutes.
  6. For the Skillet Stovetop Method:
  7. Place the skillet on low heat to melt the butter.
  8. If you like soft apples simmer the sliced apples in the butter for a few minutes but still firm to the touch.
  9. Stir in the remaining ingredients into the butter.
  10. The apples need to simmer and caramelize for around 6 to 7 minutes.
  11. Cracker Barrel Copycat Skillet Stovetop Instructions:
  12. Using a deep chicken fryer large skillet, melt the butter.
  13. Add wedges of apples to melted butter and drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with brown sugar evenly.
  14. Simmer covered on low until when you pierce the apples with a fork it goes in easily around 17 to 18 minutes.
  15. Place the apples in a bowl and keep warm setting aside.
  16. Place the apple cider (which we do use) or juice and whisk in the cornstarch then add to the skillet.
  17. Simmer on medium heat until this thickens.
  18. Toss the cooked apples in the thickened sauce and serve while still warm
  19. Optional: sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar on top
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Pin for later

this is an apple pin for later fried or baked recipe

For More Country Style Recipes Try These:

Breakfast Sausages

Buttermilk Pancakes

Skillet Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

copycat fried fried apples

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2020


  1. Apple and cinnamon: I love this combination! I prepare a similar recipe without salt, but the idea to use it as side dish is very interesting. Bye dear, have a nice day

  2. Now this would go so well with my prok roast this weekend! Delicious.

  3. Looks great! My grandmother used to do something like that in a skillet. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love these on pancakes or waffles - so easy and so yummy!

  5. Baked apples a favorite at my house. I'll take a big dish of these please.

  6. How long is the cooking time for these?? I have them in the oven now & its been like 30 min & the apples are still hard? Should I add more water because the mix is also getting really thick? They look & smell amazing I dont wanna mess this up;)

  7. Anoynomous, using mcintosh takes around 1 hour till they get brown. I only use baking apples, not quite sure what kind you used. But the way to know they're done is when the fork goes through them easily. Hope that helps you...

  8. Thanks I have been looking for a recipe like this easy and I already know it is delicious if you cooked it..

  9. I've not had this in years. My mom used to make this. Pinned and tweeted.

  10. My husband loves to eat his spaghetti bolognaise with baked apples...this is perfect for him :-)

  11. These apples are a favorite from my childhood! Your recipe is spot on. So delish!

  12. Looks delicious! Excited to make it for my family this week!

  13. I love baked apples and this recipes looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,501!
    Miz Helen

  14. This looks so comforting and tasty! Love how simple it is to make, can't wait to try it!

  15. This looks so delicious and yummy! My family and I love apples! Can't wait to give this a try!

  16. I love baked apples, especially with loads of vanilla ice cream. YUM!

  17. These fried apples look amazing! Perfect way to enjoy a nice sweet!

  18. Yum! I'd love these apples on top of a big bowl of vanilla ice cream! Love the 2 versions!

  19. I made the oven version and they were way more soupy then I expected. Definitely will try a different recipe next time.


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