Air Fryer Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples — Every day, we crave that sweet and tangy taste of fried apples. They’re a perfect complement to breakfast, lunch, or even dinner! It’s time to get your Air Fryer out and make these copycat crispy oven-baked Cracker Barrel Fried Apples! You won’t believe how easy they are to make in the air fryer without all the calories.
Inspired by my son’s favorite snack at Cracker Barrel, Air Fryer Fried Apple Fries are outstanding!
My family loved them, and they are a great snack to serve along with an air fryer pork chop dinner, which is what I did, and they also make a fantastic side dish or snack for the kids! Who doesn’t love a battered deep=fried apple?
Looking for more Air Fryer Dessert recipes? Check out some of my favorites, such as my Hack for Making Air Fryer Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Grandmother’s Recipe for Homemade Italian Cookies.
You need only a few ingredients to make these delicious air-fried fried apple fries. The coating is excellent, and you can switch it out for regular all-purpose flour, or gluten-free flour, although I find that the almond flour works so much better in the air fryer.
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Ingredients Needed To MakAir Fryer Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
- Almond Flour
- Ground Cinnamon
- Granulated Sugar
- Lemon Juice
- Cooking Spray
How to Make Air Fryer Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
Start by peeling the apples.
Slice your apple into wedges.
Give them a quick soak in the lemon juice. Coat your apple wedges with almond flour, both sides. Use your hands to press it down so it sticks.
Spray your basket with cooking spray, and then place your coated apples on top. Spray the coating GENEROUSLY with cooking spray. This will help them crisp up. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 4-5 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix the ground cinnamon and sugar, and mix well. Roll the fried apples into the mixture.
WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES TO USE?
There are so many different types of apples. The best apples to use depend on what you’re making. There are tart apples, sweet apples, and even some that have a little bit of both! When it comes to fried apples, go with Granny Smiths or another variety without much sugar in them like Golden Delicious.
Golden Delicious is the brand that Cracker Barrel uses, so if you want a genuinely copycat recipe, use that variety. Otherwise, any of these apple varieties will work:
- Granny Smith
- Golden Declious
SHOULD I PEEL THE AIR FRYER APPLE WEDGES?
I love apple wedges. They’re a great healthy snack to have ready for when you get hungry, but this time I’m not sure if it’s worth peeling them or not.
The results will be the same, so if you want to skip peeling, go for it. While the apple cooks up, the apple peel will soften.
WHY ARE THEY CALLED APPLE FRIES
Ever wonder why they’re called “apple fries” when there’s no apple involved? It turns out the name is a misnomer. The original recipe for these treats came from France and was called Pommes Frites au sucre (sugar fried potatoes). Somehow over time, the word “pomme,” which means apple in French, got translated into “apple.” These days it seems like these french fry-like snacks are everywhere!!
HOW TO SERVE FRIED APPLES:
Today we are going to talk about fried apples. Fried apples are a dish that consists of apples that have been breaded and then air fried. You can serve them alone or with ice cream, whipped cream, or other types of desserts. Serve them as a side dish to your meal or as an after-dinner treat!
HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT LEFTOVER FRIED APPLES:
You will love the crispiness of these fried apples, and it’s so easy to make! Place any leftover apple fries into an airtight container; they’ll stay well in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
You can either reheat in the microwave or air fryer, reheat until warmed through.
CAN YOU FREEZE CRACKER BARREL FRIED APPLES?
You can freeze them, but they do not defrost well. You will end up with a watered-down apple. So, make a fresh batch in the air fryer for best results when your Cracker Barrel Fried apple craving hits!
Traditional these are served with caramel, and I made a great homemade one, but other options are:
- Hot Fudge
- Ice Cream (my kid’s favorite)
- Chocolate Sauce
- Whipped Cream
- Anything you want
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Air Fryer Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
- 3 large apples
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- cooking spray
- Start by peeling the apples.
- Slice your apple into wedges.
- Coat them with the lemon juice.
- Coat your apple wedges with almond flour, both sides. Use your hands to press it down so it sticks.
- Spray your basket with cooking spray, and then place your coated apples on top. Spray the coating GENEROUSLY with cooking spray.
- This will help them crisp up. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 4-5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix the ground cinnamon and sugar, and mix well. Roll the fried apples into the mixture.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
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