Slow Cooker Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate dessert that combines the rich flavors of chocolate brownie, creamy cheesecake, and luscious caramel, then look no further than this Caramel Brownie Cheesecake recipe. With layers of indulgence and a perfect balance of sweetness, this dessert is bound to become a favorite for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply treating yourself to a special treat, this recipe is guaranteed to impress.


For the brownie base:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cheesecake:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

For the caramel topping:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Prepare the brownie base:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
    • In a mixing bowl, melt the butter and combine it with sugar until well mixed. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix until smooth.
    • Stir in cocoa powder, flour, and salt until just combined.
    • Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes until set.
  2. Prepare the cheesecake mixture:
    • In another mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with granulated sugar until smooth.
    • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract and sour cream until the mixture is creamy and well combined.
    • Pour the cheesecake mixture over the baked brownie base and return it to the oven.
    • Bake for an additional 45 minutes or until the cheesecake is set.
  3. Prepare the caramel sauce:
    • In a saucepan over medium heat, heat sugar, stirring constantly until melted and amber in color.
    • Carefully stir in butter until fully incorporated, then slowly pour in heavy cream while stirring continuously.
    • Add a pinch of salt and let the caramel sauce cool slightly.
  4. Final assembly:
    • Once the cheesecake has cooled, pour the prepared caramel sauce over the top.
    • Chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator for a few hours or until completely set.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Enjoy the Slow Cooker Cracker Barrel Fried Apples warm for the best flavor and texture.
  2. Serve them as a comforting dessert topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  3. These fried apples also make a delicious side dish paired with roasted meats such as pork or chicken.
  4. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of caramel sauce for an extra special touch.

Storage Tips:

  1. Store any leftover fried apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. To reheat, simply microwave the apples until warmed through or gently warm them on the stovetop in a saucepan over low heat.
  3. If you have a large batch of fried apples, consider freezing the leftovers for longer storage. Place them in a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing. Frozen fried apples can be kept for up to 2-3 months.
  4. Thaw frozen fried apples overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  5. When reheating, you may need to add a splash of water or apple juice to prevent the apples from drying out.


  1. Spiced Variation: Add a pinch of nutmeg or cloves to the cinnamon-sugar mixture for an extra layer of warm, cozy flavor.
  2. Nutty Crunch: Stir in a handful of chopped pecans or walnuts during the last hour of cooking for added texture and nutty flavor.
  3. Maple Twist: Replace the granulated sugar with pure maple syrup for a subtle sweetness and hint of maple flavor. Drizzle additional maple syrup over the apples before serving for an extra indulgent touch.
  4. Citrus Infusion: Enhance the brightness of the apples by adding orange zest along with the lemon juice. The citrusy aroma and flavor will complement the sweet apples beautifully.
  5. Caramel Infusion: For a decadent twist, drizzle caramel sauce over the cooked apples before serving or stir it into the mixture during the last hour of cooking. This adds a rich, buttery caramel flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the apples.
  6. Apple Pie Spice Blend: Substitute the cinnamon with an apple pie spice blend for a more complex flavor profile. This blend typically includes cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, adding depth and warmth to the dish.


  1. Can I use a different type of apple? Absolutely! While Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples are recommended for their texture and flavor, you can experiment with other varieties like Fuji or Honeycrisp to suit your taste preferences.
  2. Do I need to peel the apples? Peeling the apples is recommended for a smoother texture in the final dish. However, if you prefer a rustic texture or want to save time, you can leave the peels on.
  3. Can I make this recipe without a slow cooker? Yes, you can adapt this recipe for stovetop cooking. Simply cook the apples in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are tender and caramelized, which typically takes about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Can I reduce the amount of sugar? Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. You can reduce the sugar content or substitute with a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup.

With its fudgy brownie base, creamy cheesecake filling, and luxurious caramel topping, this Caramel Brownie Cheesecake is a true showstopper. Whether you’re a dessert enthusiast or simply craving something sweet, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more. Enjoy each decadent bite and share the joy with friends and family.