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Fried Apples with Apple Caramel Sauce

How to make homemade Fried Apples with Apple Caramel Sauce. This southern dessert recipe is easy to make and tastes like apple pie! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple dessert, fried apples
Servings: 8
Calories: 640kcal


For the Fried Apples:

For the Apple Caramel Sauce:

For the Whipped Cream:

Optional Garnish:


For the Fried Apples:

  • Spray a large frying pan with non-stick spray. Or you can use a cast iron pan.
  • Add the butter to the pan, and warm over medium low heat.
  • Add the apples plus both sugars. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 25 minutes, or so. You want the apples to become soft and golden. If you need to you can turn heat down a touch to keep it from cooking too quickly.
  • Add the walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes more over low heat until everything starts to thicken up.
  • Turn off the heat, and just leave the cover on to keep it warm while you get your other elements prepared.

For the Apple Caramel Sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water, then cook over medium heat. Cook while stirring until sugar dissolves completely.
  • Now cook over medium low heat until the mixture goes an amber colour. This will take about 5 or more minutes depending on your heat. Do not stir. If you need to you can swirl gently, but stirring is a no-no.
  • You can also either cover the pot to keep crystals from forming, or brush the inside of the pan with water occasionally to keep it from happening.
  • Once it’s a beautiful light amber colour, remove from heat and add butter. Swirl it around. It will bubble up, so do not panic, it is supposed to do that.
  • Now add cream and whisk until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and drippings from your fried apples and whisk until combined and smooth.
  • Pour into a jar and allow to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes.

For the Whipping Cream:

  • In a stand mixer, (or a hand mixer) whip the heavy cream and confectioner’s sugar until fluffy. You want nice soft peaks.
  • Transfer to a piping bag if desired.
  • Keep cold till needed.

Putting it all together:

  • Scoop your apples into small jars, or bowls.
  • Top with about 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple caramel sauce.
  • Pipe whipping cream over top.
  • Add walnuts if desired.
  • Top with more apple caramel sauce.
  • Serve with a big apple caramel smile!


You can leave out walnuts if you have anyone with nut allergies in the house.
If you don’t want to add the fried apple drippings to the caramel sauce that is totally okay.
You could also substitute applesauce for the drippings in the caramel sauce if desired.


Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 951IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg