Slow Cooker Caramel Apples


This recipe is one of those never-ever fail recipes, even for the worst and most inexperienced of home cooks and bakers, but delicious enough for anyone to make, regardless of skill level.  This recipe also doubles as the most amazing and most delicious potpourri you will ever know.  Seriously, its way better than a scented candle and a zillion times tastier, not that I eat candles or anything.  That would be weird.


You just drop the stuff into the slow cooker, stir, and cover, turn it on and walk away. My favorite way to eat this is over rum raisin ice cream, though pumpkin and vanilla would work just as well.  It’s phenomenal.  The warm spiced caramel apples on the cold ice cream is fall in a sundae and completely spectacular.

Slow Cooker Caramel Apples (and apple butter recipe)

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • half a stick of butter, rough cut into pieces
  • 8 cups of peeled and diced apples
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

In a slow cooker, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cover and cook on high until apples are tender, or about three hours.

To make into apple butter, cook until the apples lose their shape.  Mash to desired consistency.  Freeze up to two months in an air tight container.

Note: The salted-cinnamon-vanilla-caramel sauce that coats the apples will thicken slightly upon cooling.


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26 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Caramel Apples

  1. This sounds amazing! I wonder what kind of cake thing I could serve it with, alongside the ice cream. Have you tried it with spice cake?

  2. This sounds delicious…I am making it tonight. The picture shows raisins, but none are listed in the recipe. Do you put them in the crock pot with the apples or just add them after the apples have cooked?

    • You can garnish this with raisins or pecans or whipped cream. Definitely try it on top of ice cream, in my opinion, you won’t be sorry. ;)

      I didn’t add the raisins to the slow cooker, as it would cause the raisins to plump significantly and I’m not a huge fan of that. But, if you don’t mind it, you can definitely give it a go and add them right to the pot. Just be sure to adjust the sweetness to your liking, since raisins are pretty sweet themselves, you probably won’t need as much added sugar.

  3. Oh yummy! It’s definitely that time of year that I love to bust out my slow cooker for anything and everything – and you better believe that this will be in there at some point =)

  4. Oh my gosh. I’d be dunking my head in the slow cooker. This is absolutely one of my favorite fall things; the caramel apple. The only thing I’ve never liked about it is how little caramel covers the apple and how hard the apple is to bite into while slippery caramel is around it. You’ve solved all those issues. And made it easy. I think I love you.

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