This isn’t your typical caramel apple recipe. I know what you’re thinking. Melt caramel. Put a stick in an apple and dunk. Nope. Not even close.
This apple recipe is so good, you could make it in advance for Thanksgiving and everyone would LOVE IT. Re-heating can be done over low in a non-stick pan, or in a crock pot on low, occasionally stirring.
About two years ago, I had a baby and toddler and a giant bag of apples that we were never going to finish before they went bad. I googled “pan fried” apples and got a few good recipes. The easiest one turned out to be the best one.
Caramel Apples

  • 4 apples, sliced (I use an apple slicer to be quick and Honeycrisp apples because of the flavor)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Core and slice the apples – peel if desired
  2. In a large frying pan with high sides, melt 1/4 cup of butter over medium heat
  3. Add the apples once the butter is melted
  4. On medium/medium-hi, sautee the apples for 6-7 minutes until soft enough to break apart with a spoon.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the water and corn starch together. Add the mixture to the frying pan and stir well.
  6. Add the cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix well
  7. Bring to a boil for a minute or two.
  8. Turn off and cool a bit before serving.

These would be served well over ice cream, with a cinnamon + sugar elephant ear or used just as a side. We ate them with our Apricot Glazed Pork last night, and they were perfect.
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Cheers to 100 blog posts on nutfreemomblog and to the upcoming holidays. I’ll be posting about St.Nick this weekend and all the candy-free items we have planned for this fun little night.