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Pecan Caramel Slow Cooker Baked Apple Recipe

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Baked apples made with pecans, brown sugar and dried fruit are cooked in a cinnamon and maple syrup sauce all made in the slow cooker.  Add this to your list of easy fall desserts.

Slow cooker baked apples made with pecans, brown sugar and dried fruit are cooked in a cinnamon and maple syrup sauce in the crock pot. Add this to your list of easy fall desserts.

I remember as a kid coming in from playing outside on a cold Michigan day to my mom’s baked apples. She’d bake the apples with candy canes in the middle and serve them with hot chocolate.

I swear that happened a lot but my mom said she made them once.  Childhood memories are funny!

Pecan Stuffed Apples

But even if it only happened once, the baked apples made quite an impression. And I finally got around to making baked apples.  Only I made them in a slow cooker instead of the oven.

Stuffed Apples

Every recipe on earth says to choose a firm apple, like a Granny Smith, for cooking. But also like Galas for cooking. So that’s what I used here.  The cored apples take a little lemon juice bath to keep them from browning.

Baked Apples with Brown Sugar

The baked apple stuffing is made with pecans, sugar, butter, and dried fruit. I used dried cherries, but cranberries or raisins would be nice and are easier to find. I just happened to have dried cherries on hand.

Slow Cooker Apples

This is so easy to make! Just fill the apples with the stuffing and place in the crock of the slow cooker.  On the bottom of the slow cooker is a maple syrup mixture that will be made in to a delicious caramel syrup later. YUM!

Stuffed Baked Apples

Let the apples cook on low. I stopped at two hours because I was impatient. They could easily have cooked for 4 hours. It’s totally up to you.

When the apples are done cooking, remove them from the crock to a platter.  Then pour all the liquid in the crock in to a small sauce pan. Bring it to a boil and let it thicken a little to create a caramel sauce.

Stuffed Apples with Pecans

Pour the sauce over the apples and serve. These baked apples would be out of this world served with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

Make sure to check out our Savory Baked Apples with Sausage Stuffing Recipe for a savory spin on baked apples! It’s perfect for Thanksgiving!

Slow Cooker Caramel Pecan Baked Apple Recipe

Yield: 4

Pecan Caramel Slow Cooker Baked Apple Recipe

Pecan Caramel Slow Cooker Baked Apple Recipe
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours


  • 4 large Granny Smith or other firm apples
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 bowl of cold water
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup of pecans, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 cinnamon stick


Mix the lemon juice into the water in a large bowl and set aside.
Work on one apple at time. Slice the very top off the apple.
Remove the core and seeds and make a canal 1 inch thick wide that stop 1/4 inch from the bottom of the apple. Drop the apple into the juice mixture.
Proceed with the next apples until all apples have been cored.
Place 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon of butter, pecans and cherries into a mixing bowl. Use your fingers to mix the butter and sugar into the nuts and fruit.
Pour the maple syrup in the crock of a 4 quart slow cooker. Stir in the remaining brown sugar and the remaining butter. Add the cinnamon stick.
Again working with one apple at a time, drain the lemon water off the apple. Stuff each apple with 1/4 of the nut mixture.
Stand the apples into the slow cooker. The apples may be placed on top of each other at an angle if necessary.
Cover the slow cooker and allow the apples to cook on 4 hours on low or until the apples are tender.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked apples to a bowl.
Empty the sauce into a saucepan and place the pan over medium high heat. Bring the sauce to a boil and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1/2 cup and becomes thick.
Pour the sauce over the apples before serving.


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  • Katherine Gicante
    October 16, 2018

    I made this yesterday morning for a hot breakfast treat! It was WONDERFUL! Baking the apples (I used Jonathans) just 4 hours left mine soft but still holding together, not mushy, which we all loved. I forgot to add the cinnamon stick to the pot before it started cooking and later debated adding some ground cinnamon to the mix when it came time to boil the syrup but in the end, opted not to and the result was just a pure delicious caramel sauce that was so delicious, there was a lot of bowl licking going on at the table! I did toast the pecans before adding them to the mix, and I used my Instant Pot’s delay timer (slow cooker mode) so it clicked on at 0500 in the morning and was ready for us at 0900 when we were up and moving. This recipe will be in regular rotation as long as it’s apple season & cold outside! P.S. my daughter, for whatever reason, HATES raisins in anything but loved the dried cherries in this recipe!

  • Miz Helen
    September 25, 2017

    Your Baked Apple Recipe looks delicious and I love that it is a Slow Cooker recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  • This is a new recipe I’ll be keen to try in my slow cooker. Thanks for linking up and sharing at #overthemoon link party.

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    September 18, 2017

    Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

  • Petra
    September 20, 2016

    All I’ve been wanting lately is autumnal food, and this just fits perfect in what I imagined. Love the stuffing and it looks so juicy and full of flavors!

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    September 14, 2016

    oh wow – stuffed with some total yum!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  • Amanda
    September 13, 2016

    Mmm…I know what I’m using my slow cooker for next! Thank you for linking up to the Creative K Kids’ tasty Tuesday, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next week.

  • Rhonda Gales
    September 11, 2016

    Oh yes, I’ll be making these babies this fall. Yum, yum. I love Gala apples, so I’ll be substituting the Granny Smith. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best Linkup.

  • Leslie
    June 12, 2016

    Camille, this look incredible! I’m pinning this to save for later…I must make these!