Crockpot Baked Apples

By Polly Conner
September 22, 2021

Crockpot Baked Apples are a fall favorite! Core your apples, add the crumble filling, and bake until tender. Your home will smell delicious. Use the recipe as a side dish or even a dessert. Enjoy!

Crockpot baked apple with crumble filling

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What Are Baked Apples?

The term baked apples can refer to sliced, chopped, or whole apples that are baked until slightly softened and juicy. They come in all different forms! In fact, we have another baked apple recipe, called Crockpot Cinnamon Apples, that uses very similar ingredients but results in a homestyle applesauce. Overall, baked apples usually include sugar, butter, and/or cinnamon.

This recipe is for whole baked apples that are made in the crockpot. They are a fun side dish, especially in the fall!

Crockpot Baked Apples sliced open with filling spilling out

How to Make Baked Apples in the Crockpot

There are three simple steps to making whole apples in the slow cooker. Let’s do this!

Step 1: Core the apples.

This is the time consuming part of this recipe. You need to create a gap for that delicious filing to sit in. I found the best method was to cut out the shape with a sharp pairing knife and then scoop out any extra core with a spoon. Try not to cut too deep, you don’t want there to be a hole in the bottom of your apple. (Good news, though! An easier option is to use an Apple Corer tool like this one.)

Cored apples in a crockpot

Step 2: Make the filling and fill the apples.

Now for the fun part! Mix together the filling ingredients and try not to eat it with a spoon in the process! The filling can easily be customized with what you have on hand or what you prefer. I oftentimes leave out the raisins or swap the pecans for almonds.

Filling for the baked apples

Now use a spoon and scoop that delicious filling into the apples you’ve prepared. It is easiest to do this in the crockpot because if you make a mess, no worries!

Uncooked apples with a filling in the middle being prepped to cook in the slow cooker

Step 3: Bake (aka slow cook) the apples!

And when I say “bake” you know I mean slow cook, right? If you want to bake them in the oven, here is a great recipe for that.

Add a little water (or apple cider!) to the bottom of the crockpot and cook them on low for 4 hours. This was the perfect timing. The apples were done enough to be softened–not mushy–yet still firm enough to slice through.

Fully cooked Baked Apples in a crockpot

How to Serve Baked Apples

I’m kicking myself for not getting pictures of this but drizzling honey over the top of these would be divine! A lot of this will also depend on the sweetness of your apples. Some may not prefer to add any more sweetness while others may want caramel or even a scoop of ice cream on top!

These would be absolutely delicious as a side or dessert with one of these main dishes:

A baked apple sliced open with filling spilling out
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Crockpot Baked Apples

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 baked apples 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This recipe for crockpot baked apples is packed with healthy, natural ingredients that makes a delicious side dish. It could easily be served as a dessert, as well.


Ingredients

  • 56 medium to large apples (see Notes below for recommendations)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (sub: 100% pure maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

Optional toppings: honey or vanilla ice cream!


Instructions

  1. Using an apple corer or paring knife, cut around the core, leaving about half an inch at the bottom. Remove as much of the core and seeds as possible.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the raisins, brown sugar, oats, nuts, cinnamon, and butter.
  3. Place the apples right side up in the crockpot. Spoon the mixture evenly into the apples. Add 1/2 cup of water (or apple cider) to the bottom of the crock pot.
  4. Cover and slow cook on LOW for 4 hours, or until apples are soft all the way through but not mushy.
  5. Serve warm. Optional: Drizzle honey over the cooked apples or add a scoop of ice cream on the top of each one!

Notes

The best apples to use for whole baked apples are firm and perfectly round ones. I usually use ones that are crisp and just a little tart, like Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, or Honey Crisp. 

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4 replies
  1. squidneyww says:

    Do you know about how many calories would be in one of these apples? (: looking to make them but I’ve been watching my intake. Thank you!

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  2. Jen says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve made this it twice, and tweaked it a little. First, it cooks in less than 4 hrs – keep an eye out. Second, I crushed up a few graham crackers and added them to the filling while cutting back on the butter to only 4 T. Worked better as a filling that would stay in place – before, there was just too much butter even for six apples.

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