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Slow Cooker Baked Apples with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Slow Cooker Baked Apples are a wonderful fall treat you can enjoy year round thanks to your slow cooker. It is extra delicious when paired with this easy cinnamon ice cream.

A baked apple with cider syrup surrounded by melting cinnamon ice cream in a small light blue bowl on a dark blue napkin.

I originally saw this recipe many years ago in an All You magazine. I think this combo is great for our rather warm California winter. You get a little bit of warm with something nice and cold.

The cinnamon ice cream gives a nice blend with the baked apples. I also like the fact that the baked apples aren’t overly sweet so when paired with the ice cream its just right.

My favorite part thought is how it makes the house smell AMAZING! Better than lighting one of those fall candles is making up some of these baked apples. It is simply heavenly.

I recently made up a batch and am thinking about using the baked apples and syrup for a really yummy breakfast oatmeal. Baked Apple Oatmeal anyone?


Pantry staples

  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • nutmeg
  • salt

Shopping list

  • apples
  • apple cider
  • butter
  • ice cream

What apples are best for baking?

You will want to use a good baking apple that will not fall apart when baked. A few of my favorites are Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp and Pink Lady.

The small end of a melon baller being used to scoop out the core and seeds of green apples.

How to prep the apples

To prep the apples use a vegetable peeler to peel a strip off the top half. You don’t want to peel all the way down because otherwise the apples lose their structure, trust me I’ve done that before and it makes it kind of a hot mess, so just peel a bit off the top.

Now to core the apples you can do it a couple ways. I did it with a paring knife which works but is a bit rough and you will lose a bit of apple unnecessarily. My preference is to use the small side of a melon baller to get in there and get out the core and seeds.

You keep a lot more apple and your far less likely to lose a finger in the process, those fingers have value, ask an actuarian!

Cinnamon ice cream hack

You can make your own cinnamon ice cream either from scratch or using a nifty hack that I love. I don’t always have space in my freezer for my ice cream maker and also don’t always have the time. So I like to keep a thing of vanilla ice cream and hack a semi-homemade version.

It’s actually kind of similar to how I made the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sundaes where you soften up the ice cream, mix something in, and then get it back in the freezer to harden. It’s a nifty little hack to keep in your back pocket!

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Recipe slightly adapted from October 2012 All You magazine.


Slow Cooker Baked Apples are a treat you can enjoy year round thanks to your slow cooker and delicious when paired with an easy cinnamon ice cream #appleweek

Slow Cooker Baked Apples with Cinnamon Ice Cream

The house will smell amazing as these baked apples cook in the slow cooker. Pair them with this semi-homemade cinnamon ice cream for an over the top fall dessert!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 399kcal
Author: Jade Jones


Slow Cooker Baked Apples:

  • 4 medium cooking apples like Granny Smith
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces

Cider Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Ice Cream:

  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream store bought or homemade


Slow Cooker Baked Apples

  • Peel a strip off the top of the apple and core the apples.  To core the apples use a small paring knife or a small melon baller.
  • To make cider syrup, combine brown sugar, apple cider, and spices in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Place apples in slow cooker, adding a few pieces of butter to each apple cavity.  Pour cider syrup over the apples.
  • Cook the apples in the slow cooker over high heat for about 2-2 1/2 hours. Apples should be tender but still holding their shape.
  • Cool slightly.  Serve with cooking juices spooned over and along side cinnamon ice cream.

Cinnamon Ice Cream

  • If using store bought ice cream, soften the ice cream by leaving at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, until soft enough to mix.
  •  In a large mixing bowl, beat ice cream and cinnamon until thoroughly combined.  Return to freezer until solid, about 30 minutes.


For homemade ice cream, use your favorite vanilla ice cream recipe but add the cinnamon into the mix before pouring into your ice cream maker.  Make the ice cream according to the ice cream maker’s instructions.
You will want to use a good baking apple that will not fall apart when baked. A few of my favorites are Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp and Pink Lady.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 682IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. This looks like a much simpler version of apple pie. So delicious! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

    1. Totally. My husband loves non-traditional dessert surprises. I love making special dishes for my husbang, especially when I can eat them in the comfort of my own home.

  2. I have one word…YUM! I could even pretend that this was healthy and maybe not feel so guilty for eating it. Going to pin to my yummy board on Pinterest so I can try this out. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It’s totally healthy, right? I mean apples, calcium from the milk, cinnamon which has health benefits, or so I’ve read. I approve!

  3. We love baked apples (I actually have some in the fridge right now), but never thought to fill them with ice cream
    I just looooooooooooove the idea
    I’m saving the recipe, as I’m definitely going to make it

    1. Yep, that’s the danger of having a big freezer that isn’t already filled with the, um, more essential food groups. It’s okay I won’t tell on you!

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