Fried Apples (Made from applesauce!)


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Do you love to order fried apples at restaurants? I love them just about any way I can get them (click here for my fried apples recipe) but recently I had this fun idea…Okay so I get a lot of fun ideas and it’s probably for the best that I immediately dismiss most of them but this one was too good to pass up.

What if you got store bought applesauce and seasoned it to taste like fried apples?

All the flavor of fried apples made entirely out of ingredients you can keep on hand that won’t go bad like fresh apples do, and no peeling, coring, or chopping!

I spent an afternoon playing in the kitchen and my husband (who does not like applesauce) took one bite and ate a whole bowl. He kept saying “Oh man! This does taste like fried apples!”. Oh ye of little faith – I told him that was what it tasted like!

Fried apples are usually served as a side dish but some folks save them to eat last as a dessert. I’m showing them here with breakfast, which we had for supper one night (I love breakfast for supper!) but they are also great served with pork chops, chicken, steak, etc.

Here is my simple recipe, full of spices and flavorings of fried apples without the fuss or time involved. It’s just a matter of mixing it all together and letting it simmer, so with very little work you can have a deliciously spiced side in no time at all. And nope, it’s not the same thing as apple butter – but if you want my apple butter recipe click here :)

I’m loaded for bear today! Let’s get to cooking!

You’ll need: unsweetened applesauce*, Ginger, Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves, butter, and dark brown sugar.

*You can use sweetened applesauce if that is what you have but you’ll need to taste it a few times to get the sweetness right. I’d start by not adding sugar and then tasting it after cooking a few minutes. I prefer to get unsweetened so I can add that brown sugar flavor to it and sweeten according to my taste.

Place everything in a large skillet and put over medium heat, stirring well to combine.

Continue stirring as the butter melts and the brown sugar breaks up. 

Once mixture begins to bubble, reduce temperature to low.

At this point, carefully taste and add 1/4 cup more brown sugar, if desired.

Stir occasionally, about ten minutes, or until thickened.

I’m serving mine this time with bacon, fried eggs (cooked in bacon grease, YUM), and biscuits.

What are we drinking? Tea, of course! The table wine of the South!

This Fried Apple Applesauce keeps well in the refrigerator and is good hot or cold.

Fried Apples (Made from applesauce!)
  • 46 Ounces (or 4-1/2 cups) Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • ¾ Cup Dark Brown Sugar (more if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  1. Place all ingredients into a large skillet and stir well. Place over medium heat, stirring often, until butter melts and everything is well incorporated and smooth.
  2. Once bubbly, reduce temperature to low. Carefully taste and add ¼ more dark brown sugar, if desired.
  3. Continue cooking on low, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
  4. Serve warm or cold.

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  1. says

    Whenever we go to Cracker Barrel, which is my daughters favorite place to eat, I always get fried apples as one of my sides and we all split it for dessert. Usually we only have room left for a bite so its perfect :) Will have to try making this, I think my family will love it. Thanks again Christy for such a yummy recipe.

  2. dragongirl says

    Sounds Yummo, Christy!
    Wanted to tell you also that your recipe has ‘typos’. In the directions it starts with 0 instead of 1 and says “Pace” instead of Place. Although I had no trouble reading the recipe, Ya know how people are about perfection..hahahaha.

  3. MommaMary says

    I used non sweetened apple sauce to make my apple butter. It’s so much easier and faster. I keep myself and all 3 of my children’s family stocked with it. I’ve taught all 3 of my sons how to make it so it won’t be a lost art in the future.

  4. Becca says

    Last month I spent a week in the hospital, and who knew you could find great recipes there? LOL The first day I was there I had this great cinnamon applesauce, and the next day when the nutritionist came around I mentioned how much I loved it. She said all you have to do is put some red hots in applesauce, put it in the fridge overnight, next day stir it up and the red hots are all dissolved and it is yummy! I tried it after I got home and it really is easy, and delicious.

    • Sheila Dewey says

      When I lived in Michigan, our church had pot-luck meals often. One of my friends would make applesauce with red hots and let it set in fridge overnight. It was always a hit. It was so good. I’m sure I’d love this fried apple shortcut, Christy. I plan on making it this week. Tonight I made your shortcut potatoe salad. Not only was it very good, it was so quick! Thank you so very much for all the wonderful recipes and other ideas and websites you pass on to us. Oh yes, last week I made my first batch of laundry soap. It works great and I’m saving money. Love you girl!!!

  5. Suzanne says

    This sounds delicious! It’s definitely on my “to do” list! I was wondering how this might work as a shortcut to use as the filling for fried apple pies??? Do you think it’ll be too runny?

  6. Sheila/Panama City says

    (Becca, you have my curiosity up and I wondered what quantities you used of red hots and applesauce? Sounds great!) And Christy, I’m also a big fan of fried apples, so your new easy creation is on my to-do list as well! Many thanks!

  7. Jennah says

    Hey Christy! Would this work in the crockpot? I bet it would smell delicious… and as I’m out of Scentsy and my house is showing tomorrow… this could do double duty I bet! I’m going to have to head out to the store just for some applesauce… or could I just chop up some apples? Oh man, now I have to go experiment! :) Love your site!!!

  8. Virginia says

    Christy, this looks so good and I love fried apples. But I am diabetic
    Do you think you could use the brown sugar substitute? I think that is
    light brown sugar. What could you do for the dark brown sugar effect?
    How long do you think it should cook in crockpot? I love your recipes
    so much and the family thinks you are the greatest cook ever. Keep
    it up!!!!

    • says

      It would work just fine! I’d put it in the slow cooker no more than 3-4 hours on low and it will be ready. You could even make it in the microwave, just get it good and hot and be careful about splattering yourself :)
      you are so sweet, thank you so much!!!!!! I needed that pep talk !

  9. Angela Lewis says

    To Becca and Sheila, I have an old cookbook called “Heirlooms Fom The Kitchen” by Joan Hutson. The only thing I ever made in it was called, “Cinnamon and Applesauce Salad.” Here it is: Dissolve 2 ounces of red hots (cinnamon candy) in 1 cup of boiling water. Add 1 package of red Jello and dissolve. Add 2 cups of applesauce. Chill and serve. It is really good and SO pretty in a crystal bowl. By the way Christy, this lady lived (don’t know if she still does) in Huntsville and I got her cookbook at the VBCC at one of the craft shows they have there. Had her autograph it for me. Also, eggs fried in that grease is some good eaten! The whole plate looks great!

  10. Debbie Strum says

    Made this recipe this afternoon since ‘Breakfast’ was on the menu for supper! It was WONderful! Keep in mind I made a diabetic version of it, too! Have a little bit left over and am going to serve it on your Daddy’s Rise-and-Shine Biscuits for tomorrow’s breakfast! Can hardly wait…Is it morning yet? ~snickers~

  11. Vicky says

    Funny that you love good southern food….you doesn’t. We southern gals know something good when we taste it. 😉
    I have used this recipe of yours for about 25 years and it is also the filling for the best fried apple pies you could ask for.
    Good luck and I really enjoy the site.

  12. Vicky says

    Funny that you love good southern food….who doesn’t. We southern gals know something good when we taste it. 😉
    I have used this recipe of yours for about 25 years and it is also the filling for the best fried apple pies you could ask for.
    Good luck and I really enjoy the site.

  13. Cynthia DeHart says

    I’ve been using this shortcut for years and no one ever knew! lol However, I use chunky applesauce for mine. I usually try to double it up and use any leftovers for fried pies. It also makes a good pie filling if you’re short on time and need a quick apple pie! Thanks for sharing!

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