Slow Cooker Fireball Caramel Apples


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Powered by Fireball Whiskey and complimented with maple syrup, vanilla, spices, and brown sugar – these Slow Cooker Fireball Caramel Apples are a must try. Family and friends will surely love this delicious wild apple treat.

Want a version without whiskey? Make a batch of Cracker Barrel Fried Apples instead!

Apple cooked in slow cooker fireball and homemade caramel sauce.
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What is Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey?

Fireball is a Canadian cinnamon whiskey drink combined with cinnamon flavoring and sweeteners. The taste is said to be equivalent to Atomic fireball candies, which you may remember from childhood. It’s a pretty famous whiskey, which makes it ideal to use to create a tasty fruit dessert.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for fireball caramel apples on a table with text labels.
  • Apples: Granny Smith apples are the go-to apple for this recipe. They hold up well in the slow cooker and provide a tangy taste to the fireball apples.
  • Brown sugar: Dark brown sugar adds sweetness and should be firmly packed.
  • Maple syrup: Another natural sweetener but with an added maple flavor.
  • Butter: Melted.
  • Sugar: White sugar is used for extra sweetness as well.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds vanilla flavors.
  • Spices: Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg create a trio of flavors that taste delicious.
  • Fireball Whiskey: You’ll only use a shot (or more if you prefer).

Step-by-Step Directions

Four images about how to mix a caramel sauce and put in slow cooker with apples.

Step One – Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and fireball whisky into a large bowl until smooth.

Step Two – Combine the ingredients until smooth.

Step Three – Place the sliced apples into the crockpot and pour over the brown sugar mixture.

Step Four – Stir until all apple slices are coated. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.

spoon of fireball apples.

How to serve

  • These fireball caramel apples are amazing served as-is and warm.
  • Because they are sweet, they also pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pour caramel on top for an added flavor.
  • They can be used as a topping over cake, such as an angel food cake. Drizzle some of the sauce over the cake and apples and top with whipped cream.
Fireball caramel apples in bowl.

Recipe FAQs and Variations

Does the alcohol cook out?

The slow cooker does not completely cook the alcohol out of recipes. Keep that in mind, and do not feed to children or anyone who does not drink alcohol.

Can I eat these warm or cold?

These crockpot fireball cinnamon apples are best served warm.

Can I make this ahead of time and freeze it?

These crockpot fireball cinnamon apples are best served right away. However, you can freeze them for up to 3 months if you withhold the fireball whisky before freezing. You can add it when reheating before serving. They may become soggy once thawed; this is why they are best served immediately.

Can I use pre-sliced apples, or do I have to cut them fresh?

You can use pre-sliced apples for this crockpot fireball cinnamon apple recipe; you do not have to slice them yourself.

What are substitutions that I can make?

You can substitute the Green Apples with a less tart variety of apples such as red delicious apple, Fiji apple, gala apple, etc. You can substitute dark brown sugar with light brown sugar. You can replace the vanilla extract with almond extract. You can substitute fireball with any brand or type of spiced whiskey.

Are any of the ingredients optional?

Yes, the optional ingredients you do not have to add if you do not prefer the taste are vanilla extract, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, or whiskey.

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fireball flavored apples in a crockpot.

Fireball Caramel Apples

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Sliced apples cooked in a caramel sauce that is spiked with fireball whiskey! Great as a dessert or side dish.

Ingredients  

  • 3 lbs. granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • ½ Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 ½ oz. fireball whiskey, (three tablespoons) plus more if preferred

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and fireball whisky until smooth.
  • Place your apple slices into a 4-6 quart crockpot and stir in the brown sugar mixture. Stir until all apple slices are coated.
  • Place the lid on your crockpot and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Once cooked, If you want a stronger fireball flavor or alcohol content you can add more at this point and stir before serving.
  • Serve warm.

Sarah’s Notes

  1. The slow cooker does not completely cook the alcohol out of recipes. Keep that in mind and do not feed to children or anyone who does not drink alcohol.
  2. These crockpot fireball cinnamon apples are best served warm.
  3. Another variation you could make would be to make these crockpot cinnamon apples without the fireball.
  4. You can use pre-sliced apples for this crockpot fireball cinnamon apple recipe, you do not have to slice them yourself.
  5. These crockpot fireball cinnamon apples are best served right away, however, you can freeze them for up to 3 months if you withhold the fireball whisky before freezing. You can add it when reheating before serving. They may become soggy once thawed, this is why they are best served right away.
  6. Before cooking, the texture should be thick but still flowing and slightly granular. After cooking the mixture will be liquid and smooth. You can thicken the mixture if you would like by adding more brown sugar and sugar after cooking. You can add ¼ cup at a time until desired texture is reached. Keep in mind this will also make the mixture sweeter.
  7. The apples, once cooked, should still be slightly crisp and soft. If you wish to have a firmer apple you can reduce the cooking time to 3 hours, or increase it to 5 hours for a softer apple.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 89g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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8 Comments

  1. Fiona says:

    Do you think that you could can these? Same process as jam? So you could give as gifts?
    Cheers! Fiona

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I am not a canning expert, I think it has to have the right amount of acidity to be canned.

  2. Nichole Lease says:

    Wondering if these could be dipped in candy apple coating after cooking? Yumm!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I’m unsure if it would stick on them, sorry!

  3. Ali B says:

    What adjustment would you need to do in order to use it as a pie filling?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I would cook for less time.

  4. CharlotteSmith says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait

  5. lee shafer says:

    could you make this into a caramel apple sauce!!