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Very nice! Like many other reviewers, I couldn’t find the apple pie spice at my grocery store, so I substituted the cinnamon and nutmeg mixture. I also followed others’ advice and added 1/3 c. of butter at the end. This was a delicious recipe and the flavor of the sauce was awesome and pretty close to Cracker Barrel’s! Thanks!

Every time we go to Cracker Barrel we order the apples because they are so good. After tasting these apples they are very close in flavor to Cracker Barrel’s. Now we will be able to have them at home anytime we want them. Made and reviewed for the Culinary Quest Event 2014 – Cruisin Culinary Queens.

This recipe is great! I have found it is good enough for both red and green apple varieties. As a frequent Cracker Barrel patron, this is better than an at-home substitute. Hint – if you don’t have apple pie spice as a staple in your pantry (like me), use a 1/4 tsp each of cinnamon & nutmeg!

Loved them! Doubled the recipe and was glad I did. The kids inhaled these with dinner. We didn’t find them too sweet, they were just right. Too much of my apple juice cooked off, so I needed to add a bit more at the end to whisk in with the cornstarch mixture. For 1 t apple pie spice, I used 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/4 t nutmeg, 1/8 t cardamom, and 1/8 t allspice, a sub from Diana Rattray. Thanks, Paula!

delicious! I added a 1/4 teaspoon of brown sugar and used ginger,nutmeg,and cinnamon in place of apple pie spice since I couldnt find apple pie spice. Definitely would make again but with less sugar..was super sweet..

I made these for supper tonight. They were DELICIOUS!! I did add real butter to mine, one because I think butter gives everything a better taste. (I remember seeing butter on them at Cracker Barrel.) The hubby is still eating them. He says he will have more before he goes to bed. It is a good thing I made a double batch. I bet there won’t be any left when I come home from work tomorrow.

I made these apples last night and 2 of my boys LOVED them (the other one isn’t much of an apple eater). It doesn’t taste 100% like Cracker Barrel’s, but they were good in their own right. I might try adding a little butter next time to see if that makes them taste more like Cracker Barrel’s. I only used 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and the sauce was plenty thick enough for me. Thanks PaulaG, for your great recipe!

I used Prairie Spy apples (bumper crop this year) and substituted Splenda for the sugar. I think most varieties of apple would be fine. These were wonderful,easy to make, and my husband has requested them again (with oatmeal and applesauce pancakes).
ps They do freeze very well!


2 cups apple juice, plus
1/2 cup apple juice
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