Crock-Pot Baked Apples

Baked ApplesThis was an old stand-by in our family home on icy Pittsburgh winter nights when cold weather kept us indoors.

This fruit based dessert has the same flavors as apple pie without the guilt of a fattening crust, clocking in at around 200 calories a piece!

It’s easily one of the most popular recipes on, and many folks had similar things to say like Kari:

“My oh my this is so easy! I did this early this morning with my 6 and 3 year old girls as a treat for after dinner tonight.”

“They love cooking with me. The pictures and memories fill our kitchen and dining room walls! The house smells so good! I can not wait to eat them!”

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Makes 6 baked apples

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes Yield: 6 apples
Serving Size: 1 apple


• 1/4 cup brown sugar or 2 tablespoons stevia
• 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
• 2 tablespoons butter, preferably grassfed
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 6 Gala or Macintosh apples, cored
• 1/4 cup water or 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons orange liquor (optional)


In a large bowl, mix brown sugar or stevia, walnuts, butter, and cinnamon. If you don’t want to use walnuts, you could use pecans or go nut-free by substituting with 1⁄4 cup chopped raisins, prunes, or granola! Another great substitution is 1⁄4 cup of rolled quick oats moistened with a tablespoon of water before stuffing the apples.

Use a grapefruit spoon that has the sharp edges (or a small pairing knife) and core most of the way through, I leave about 1⁄2 inch apple left at the bottom. You could remove the skin but I find that it helps to hold the apple together as it bakes – it also adds extra fiber which is always a plus.

Fill the apples with the filling and place them in the crock-pot.Pour the water or cider (and the liquor, if using) into the crock-pot, around the apples.

Set the crock-pot on high heat and cook 21⁄2 to 3 hours until the apples are soft and begin to collapse. If you don’t have a crockpot or slow cooker, you can use a 7×11 casserole dish or stock pot. Preheat the oven to 350F and cover the pan with aluminum foil. They’ll take about 45 minutes to one hour, adding additional water (about 2 tablespoons) half way through baking. A glass baking dish is also an option, just be sure to lower the heat slightly 5-10 degrees since glass can cause food to burn.

If you’re making this recipe for a large crowd, you could do these in the oven in a large disposable roasting pan and just double the recipe. They also taste delish with a scoop of frozen vanilla yogurt or coconut ice cream.You can refrigerate these for up to 3 days, but store them in an air-tight container so they don’t pick up odors from the fridge.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (1 apple): 214 calories, 1 g protein, 34 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 50 mg sodium.

Weight Watchers® Points Plus cooked with brown sugar: 5


  1. Any suggestions if I don’t have a crock pot? Thanks-

  2. Looks like you leave the skin on, any reason why you couldn’t take it off?

  3. Do I have to preheat? I want to make them tonight!

  4. I found the recipe to not call for enough stuffing. The apples I used were even on the smaller size and I doubled the stuffing recipe. Next time I am going to make way more stuffing and add more walnuts.
    But, there will be a next time!

  5. found this recipe on twitter and i plan to make these this weekend!

    any suggestions on modified instructions for a large crowd? do you think one of those large, disposable roasting pans in the oven would work?


    • Hey Kirstie!

      Thanks for writing in. Sure you could do these in the oven in a large disposable roasting pan and just double the recipe. Preheat the oven to 350F and cover them. They’ll take about 45 minutes to one hour in the oven. They also taste delish with a scoop of low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt.

  6. This may be really obvious, but what do you mean “stuff the apples”? How do I get the apple flesh out?

  7. I mean “fill the apples” not stuff them 🙂 I’m not much of a chef, but I really want to make these 🙂

  8. ooohhhh…ha ha, I totally missed that! Thanks so much!

  9. Hi Skinny Chef!

    This looks delicious! Quick question… when you said, “Pour in the apple juice or cider and the liquor” do you mean pour INTO the apple or crock pot? Thanks! 🙂 I look forward to making these baked apples.

  10. These look SO yummy, I am really excited to make these, but I was wondering, are the apples cored all the way through to the bottom or are they more like little cups, holding the “stuffing” in?

    • Hey Ashley!

      Nope- the filling stays in because they stand up right in the pot and the filling is really stiff – even if you happen to core all the way through. I usually use a pairing knife and leave, 1/2 inch at the bottom of the apple in tact.

  11. Okay great! That is kinda what I figured, but I just wanted to be sure. Thank you so much for your quick response!

  12. Can i use softened real butter instead of margarine or is it best to use the margarine?

    • Hi Natalie,

      You can use butter – but the reason I call for trans-fat margarine has to do with the high saturated fat content of butter which means trouble for your cholesterol. Butter in moderation is ok if you have a clean bill of health from your doctor.

  13. My boyfriend is not a fan of walnuts or an nut for that matter. Do you have any suggestions on what to substitute walnuts for?

  14. Hey, could I use the brown sugar Splenda instead of regular brown sugar?

    • Hey Gail,

      Sure you could, it would work fine. Over all I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners but in some cases it’s the only option for people blood sugar issues.

  15. Great, easy recipe. Tasted really good and not heavy which was nice since I’m dieting. These were a real treat.

  16. I use my crock pot all the time because I also work, so I am constantly trying to find recipes. I was thrilled to find this one since everyone in my family loves apples. Okay – I made this last month and everyone went crazy over it! It made the house smell so warm and cozy (added benefit!!). I have made this three times since and keep getting more requests for it! I guess this one is a keeper!!

  17. goodness. …cant wait to do this ..heading to the farmers market for apples now!
    thanks for sharing the recipe! xoxo

  18. I don’t have apple juice or cider…anything else I can use? I just found a carton of apple lime juice…would that be too sour? Can I use apple cider vinegar?

  19. I can’t wait to try your recipe! But I have a question. Just out of curiosity, why do you have to pre-heat the crock pot for 3 hours prior to even cooking the apples? Couldn’t you just put them in when you start the crockpot and extend cooking time to 5 instead of 2.5 hours?

  20. Do you pour the apple juice/cider into each individual apple? Or just in the bottom of the crockpot/pan?

    This recipe looks AWESOME and I’m so excited to make it tonight for a Halloween party!!!

  21. Could I use granola instead of walnuts? My family is not a huge fan of them, and I have some granola left over from another recipe. Just curious. Thanks!

  22. Yes! That’s a great idea:)

  23. The juice goes around the apples. Enjoy!

  24. I love this recipe idea!

    I am living in south korea and it is very uncommon for any of the foreign community here to have an oven or a crockpot. I do, of course, have a rice cooker. Would it be completely impossible to make something like this? A group of my friends have decided to try doing a potluck thanksgiving here, but finding no bake holiday recipes is sooo difficult.

  25. Does the type of apple you use make a difference?

  26. Dana Dillard says

    This looks yummy! Any idea on how many calories per apple?

  27. GennaKhein says

    Hi! If I bake In the oven, what kind of pan can I use instead of the crockpot?


    • A 7X11 casserole dish would work great. A glass baking dish is also an option, just be sure to lower the heat slightly 5-10 degrees since glass can cause food to burn.

  28. Could you use granny smith apples for this??

  29. Delicious! My hubby was excited when he saw me preparing them, but when they were done he said ,”That looks gross.” But then he licked the bowl! We added 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Loved it! So glad I made extras (4 total) so we can have them tomorrow night!!

  30. How do you eat/serve this? For/Knife?? Are the apples still hard?

  31. Are the apples able to to be refrigerated for a couple days after they are made in the the crockpot?

  32. Delish! I will have to make these for my next dinner party. They will be perfect after a big meal. I would be tempted to add oatmeal, since I am almost always out of nuts when I need them….thanks for sharing!

  33. Question…
    I am planning on making these this weekend and wanted to know… if I did use Oats, is it the same 1/4 cup? and is it Old Fashion or Rolled Quick Oats?

    Thank you!!!

    • Hey Tia,

      I would use the same 1/4 of quick oats and just add a tablespoon of water to moisten them before stuffing the apples. Let me know how it turns out!

  34. Thanks… Will do… I plan to do 1/2 Oatmeal and 1/2 Walnuts

    I have yet another question.. lol

    So, I am using my crock pot now, for another meal, which takes 10 hours…. If I did cook these in the oven I saw to cook them @ 350 for 45 mins… How deep of a dish? Like a glass Pyrex? ANDD… Does it make a difference in taste/quality to cook them in a Crock? If so, I will wait till tomorrow.. I can’t WAIT to try these..

    Thanks again for all your help and AWESOME recipes ;o)

  35. could i cook these on low for a longer period of time?

  36. kari weber says

    My oh my this is so easy! I did this early this morning with my 6 and 3 year old girls as a treat for after dinner tonight. They love cooking with me. The pictures and memories fill our kitchen and dining room walls! The house smells so good! I can not wait to eat them!

  37. dadzgrl76 says

    I am using grape nuts as a filler since I don’t like nuts and oats…I think it will be good…I’ll let ya know.

  38. Made these tonight! Loved it!

  39. Stephanie says

    Just want to clarify, you let the crock pot heat on high for 3 hours and then cook the apples for an additional 2 1/2 to 3 hours?

  40. How about using Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread in place of the margarine?

  41. What’s the easiest way to core the apple?

  42. I have cooked these apples many times around a campfire. Just wrap in foil and place on the grates you use for cooking, or if you have a fire ring, around the edge of it. I have also placed them on the grill….SUPER YUMMY

  43. Question?
    Do you think that putting these in foil and making them in a smoker would work as well? We are looking for recipes to do a “Smokehouse Christmas” theme this year and we want to make everything in the smoker, from the meats and sides to desserts. I was thinking they would take about as long as in the oven, it will probably be set around 275 for temp, maybe 1-1 1/2 hours?

    • Ohhhh a smokehouse Christmas sounds amazing! I haven’t done much with a smoker. But I would imagine it would be similar timing as the oven instructions. Let me know how they turn out!

  44. Any suggestions on what would be the easiest method to make large quantities of these for a party?

  45. Just made these today and found high heat cooked too fast in my crockpot. Next time I will cook on med. Also after coring and ready to put filing in, I was afraid the apple would lose the filling so I wrapped a small piece of foil around the bottom of the apple to hold the juices in. Yummy.

  46. Can you use red delicious apples or do you have to use gala/macintosh? What is the real difference when cooking?

    • Hey Lisa,

      I don’t like the taste of red delicious apples, they are usually bred to look beautiful but don’t have a very good flavor. Golden delicious on the other hand taste great and would work well in this recipe.

  47. These look great. I have a question… your instructions say preheat then preset then cook, so I am confused by that. I’ve never seen a pre-heat on a crockpot recipe. I put food in and press the button with low 8 or 10, and high 4 or 6.
    Can you clarify?

  48. Could you put them on low for a longer time? How long do you think? I’d love to send the man to work with a hot baked apple and I’m sure the kids wouldn’t mind 🙂

    • Oh my gosh, that’s soooo romantic! I love that idea. Usually you can add 2 hours if you do low heat. You could also gently warm them in a preheated oven at 300F for 15 minutes…

  49. Stacey Schuler says

    What is the nutrishional info on this recipe?

    • Hey Stacey, we’re in the process of uploading all the nutritionals, so here are the apples for now:

      Nutritional Stats Per Serving (1 apple):
      214 calories, 1 g protein, 34g carbohydrates, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 2g fiber, 50 mg sodium.

  50. These look delicious, and I’ll bet the kitchen would smell amazing while they cook! I’m going to make a few batches of these for my parents’ annual Halloween bonfire. Perfect fall dessert 🙂

  51. rosalie boutcher says

    these are in our slower cooker now, thanks to my 13yr old daughter! she cant eat nuts so replaced them with raisins and chocolate chips! man alive our house is starting to smell good 🙂 cant wait to try them!

  52. I made this last weekend and they came out great. I do not own a crockpot so i put them in the oven on 375-400° for 45 mins to and hour and they came out wonderful.

  53. Where do u put the apple juice or cider? In the apple or in the crockpot so the apple cooks in it?

  54. I’m a little confused, maybe didn’t read the recipe right. Do you pour the Applejuice/cider AROUND the apples in the crockpot, or INSIDE the apples with the cinnamon mixture?

  55. Do you suppose you could use coconut oil in these instead of the margarine (never touch the stuff!) or butter?

  56. Real butter is so much healthier and better for you than ANY margarine!! Margarine increase risk of heart attack 53%!. Butter helps you absorb nutrients from other foods. Stay away from any margarines!

    • Thanks for writing in D!

      That’s no exactly true. Margarine that is made without any hydrogenated oils is a good option for people with cholesterol issues, and there are several brands out there that fit the ticket. Saturated fat raises LDL and if you are a candidate for heart disease, eating lots of butter can mean bad news.

      However if you have a clean bill of healthy butter in moderation is fine.

  57. I made this the other day but with a few changes. I used oats rather than nuts and added a few raisins and a touch of nutmeg. They turned out great !! My daughter loved them !! I will be making this again real soon !!

  58. Live near “the burgh” and have made these before-thanks for reminding me. We just love them and have all fall and winter.

  59. Well I used the coconut oil & it worked fine, I did find however I need more filling than the recipe called for. Maybe I got carried away with the core removal! I did pack it in pretty full tho. I also subbed granola for the nuts & that was a great idea. Made them for my daughter & her family for a treat for the granddaughters when I was viisting. We served them with a scoop of vanilla icecream over the hot apple & a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  60. So when it says “pour in the apple cider….” does that mean just pour some in each apple center? Or in the actual crock pot?

  61. So when you say “preheat the crock pot and set to 3 hours” does that mean turn it on and set it to immediately cook the apples in 3 hours or turn it on and let it sit and preheat for 3 hours before you put the apples in?

  62. I found this recipe through pintrest and saved it for the day I get a slow cooker. The day has come and this is going to be the first thing I make in it. It makes it even more exciting that you’re from PIttsburgh because thats where I’m originally from so its like a comfort from home 🙂

  63. Can we add oats to this apple bake? Since I don't have walnuts?

  64. Kelli Green says

    I have 4 crockpots! Love crockpot recipes! Have beef stew in one now, went apple picking yesterday so I am going to get out another crockpot and put these on for a night time football game snack!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  65. Anything I can subsitute apple juice/cider with? THANKS!

  66. Milissa Guyon says

    made these tonight & OH MY GOODNESS! AWESOME! Served with vanilla icecream! Heaven in a bowl!

  67. Libby Dekontee Baker says

    how do you store these if you have left overs?

  68. Would you recommend adding some OJ or orange essential oil, rather than the liquor, or just leave it out all together?

  69. I make something very simililer I like to put walnuts pecans an a whole cinn stick it looks really nice when serving along side warm pudding yummmm.

  70. I think this recipe would be good but I am not a fan of nuts. Would rolled oats work also? I saw someone ask but no curiosity is getting the best of me here 🙂

  71. My friend made this and she advised me to cut the cooking time in half. She used spy apples and she said they literally blew up. I will be using gala apples and they are pretty big. I want them to stay in one piece. Do you recommend less time or maybe turning down the temp. to low? I only have high, low and warm.

    • Mmmm, perhaps she used small-ish apples or sometimes Macintosh blow up like that since their flesh is less dense. Gala would be ideal and just set your cooker to low.

  72. Alisha 'Astou' Morton says

    Sounds good but I'd prefer to use real grass fed butter instead of synthetic margarine. Real fats will actually make the dessert more satisfying! Thanks for the recipe!

  73. What if you don’t have a pairing knife or grapefruit spoon, what is an easy way to core the apples? I would love to make this soon.

  74. HI, I really would love to make these, but even the smell of butter/margerine makes my fiance sick. Do you think it would come out fine if I use olive oil instead?

    • Hey Tiffany!

      Sure you can use “light” olive oil, it has a very mild flavor, just drizzle a few teaspoons over the top of the apples.

  75. These look amazing! I’m thinking about making these for my sisters soccer team. There are 30 on the team including coaches, stats, and the ball kids. Do you think these could be made in a roaster? The game is about 2 hours away from home so I’m trying to figure out how to cook them and keep them warm so when the game is over there is a nice warm treat since it’s going to be literally freezing here!

  76. I made these last night, but in a covered casserole dish in the oven. I didn't have any apple juice or cider, so I just used some orange-apricot-mango juice that was in the fridge. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  77. I just made these. Didn't use the liquor and didn't use the walnuts. Only problem was I cut the core all the way through. Ooops. Don't do that 🙂 But they still turned out AMAZING! So yummy!

  78. Sounds like a great exchange for a pie! I'll let you know how the family likes it.

  79. Elizabeth Carter says

    Oooh! These look and sound soo yummy(: I am going to make these tonight for a yummy Halloween treat!

  80. Margarine is a carcinogenic because of the high temps required to make it.

  81. Jennifer Garcia says

    I want to make these tonight but I am on a Candida diet and can not have alot of sugar. Is there anything I can use to sub the brown sugar? At home I have raw Agave, xylitol and Stevia. Thanks:)

  82. what is the best way to cut the apples?

  83. Thank you for a delicious recipe. I made these apples instead of pies for Thanksgiving and they were a hit. I posted about the apples on my blog and of course shared the linky love back to you. Crockpot Baked Stuffed Apples on Cook Lisa Cook.

  84. Ashton Clark Seaver says

    Am I to cut the core all the way through or just most of the way?

  85. 🙂 I made these tonight for the first time! I let them go for 2 1/2 hrs which i think for my crockpot was a tad too long because they were too mushy for my preference. They were still very good though! The mixture only made enough filling for 4 apples though, so I made another batch for the remaining 2. I also didnt have apple cider/apple juice, so I peeled an apple and boiled it, then used the water in place of the cider/juice, it worked well, and i got a tasty boiled apple (that i coated in brown sugar and cinnamon) to eat while I waited for these to cook! I’m sure I will make these again in the future!

  86. So, you just pour the liquor/apple juice around the apples in the crockpot? how much liquor/apple juice do you pour? Cups? tablesspoons? please respond.

  87. These are in the crock pot right now!! We don’t like nuts or oats in our family so I just made it without them. I hope they turn out! Thanks for the great idea! I am off to figure out how to freeze apples so I can buy in bulk when they are in season at the Farmer’s Market or on sale!! 🙂

  88. Just made these and had to stop myself from scarfing down the whole batch! I made them in a mini slow cooker–so just made 3 apples, but I made the full recipe of filling and that worked out great! Substituted quick oats for the nuts, since that’s what I had on hand. Ended up cooking them on high for the full 3 hours, and they came out perfectly soft and tender. Will definitely make these again! Thanks for the great recipe!

  89. Kerry segale says

    Hi!! I’m getting ready to try your recipe..looks and sounds good, but I was wondering if you have one for a crust baked around the Apple so that when you cut into it all the juices pour out but still have some juices baked around the crust and in it. Any help? I think your recipe would be perfect just add a square crust so they meet corner to corner on top of Apple. Help!!

  90. Can I just wrap each apple in tinfoil individually? Will they bake faster if I do?

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