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What is my secret to the Best Southern Fried Apples?  The apples are cooked low and slow to bring out all the sweetness and includes a secret ingredient.

These Spiced Waffles with Southern Fried Apples are easy to make and so delicious.  The waffles are easy to make using a box of Spice Cake Mix.


BEST SOUTHERN FRIED APPLES & SPICED WAFFLES - What is my secret to the Best Southern Fried Apples? //


In the south, we just love our Fried Apples.  We serve them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.  These apples are make a delicious dessert as a topping on ice cream, cake, and waffles.  I fix spiced waffles topped with vanilla ice cream and fried apples as a delicious dessert.  YUM!

Simple Spiced Waffles

For breakfast, I make these simple spiced waffles using a cake mix and serve them topped with these sweet apples.

You can find Fried Apples in the south in many restaurants, including Cracker Barrel, as a side item.

Pure Maple Syrup

My secret ingredient to Best Southern Fried Apples is Pure Maple Syrup.  Most recipes for Southern Fried Apples include lots of sugar, but I add the maple syrup.  It is amazing!  Not only do the spice waffles smell amazing, but the aroma of the apples with the cinnamon and nutmeg draws everyone to the kitchen.

Use this easy recipe to help teach your children how to cook.  I had one kid cut the apples.  I had another kid measure the ingredients for the apples while someone else worked on mixing up the spiced waffle batter.  You can get everyone involved by helping with the Best Southern Fried Apples.



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Spiced Waffles & Southern Fried Apples

Prep Time5 hrs 28 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 28 mins
Cuisine: American
Author: Diane @Recipesforourdailybread


  • 5 to 6 large apples peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 TB butter - half stick
  • 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • Spice cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oiL
  • Three eggs with an electric mixer


  • Melt the butter and add the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and Maple syrup.
  • Stir in the apples.
  • Stir & Cook the apples low and slow until tender.
  • Stir together the spice cake mix, 1 1/4 cup water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and three eggs with an electric mixer.
  • Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of spice waffle batter to a waffle maker.
  • Cook 4 to 5 minutes.
  • The waffles will crisp up once removed from the waffle maker.
  • For Breakfast top the spiced waffles with the fried apples and maple syrup mixture.
  • For Dessert top, the spiced waffles with vanilla ice-cream topped with the fried apples and maple syrup mixture.
  • Try topping this with chopped pecans and whipped cream.

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  1. I live in the south also and my first thought was Good Lord! This looks amazing. I believe the next time my daughter and son-in-law come down to visit, this is what we will be having for breakfast! I just cooked a couple of apple recipes this week. You are so right. We just love anything with apples! Pinning! Stopping by from Merry Monday. I’m co-hosting this week, you are going to be one of my features!

    • Shirley,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment about my fried apples. Where are you originally from? I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, but I have lived near Altanta, Nashville, New Orleans, and in Montgomery, AL.

      I added a Apple RoundUp today from all the recipes on my blog. I will have to stop by this week and link it up.
      Diane Roark

  2. I’m not going to lie… When I read the title of these I didn’t think I was going to like them but the pictures look so good and the recipe sounds delicious and so easy to make! I have never had fried apples but I think I may have to try them now! Thank you so much for linking up to Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays! I’ll be pinning this on my personal breakfast board as well as the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board

    • Sydney,

      I love this time of year and cooking with apples. I hope you get to try these fried apples. Today, I added my Sunday Roundup with Apple recipes from my blog instead of the weekly roundup. I will have to stop by and share it.

      Diane Roark

  3. I have great memories of eating spiced apples with my kids. When they were little we lived on the East coast and my parents lived on the West coast. Every summer I would pack them in the car and we would make the long trip back and forth to Grandma and Grandpas house. All along the way we would look for Cracker Barrels to stop and eat at. The kids loved the spiced apples and I would get a few minutes reprieve from driving. Thanks for renewing a few memories.

  4. This looks great, Diane! Makes me want to ask for a waffle maker for my birthday! Who does that? Ha! But seriously, wish I could find an inexpensive one that has removable plates for ease of cleaning. Like the ones found in hotels that offer breakfast. Even if I don’t make the waffles, I would like to try the fried apples. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so unique to have the fried apples with the spiced waffles – can I just say, Genius! I would love those fried apples on ice cream, in a bowl with a spoon lol, anytime. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  6. Diane, I haven’t eaten breakfast here yet and making me wish I had apples and spice cake, too here, because wow does this recipe look absolutely divine. I also love how you got the kids involved and would love my girls to help make this one. Definitely pinning and possibly buy the ingredients when I go grocery shopping now. Thanks and wishing you a wonderful weekend once again!! 🙂

    • Janine,

      I love easy recipes that goes well with many things. These apples are so good on cake, ice cream, waffles, and lots of other things. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment. It truly means a lot to me.

      Diane Roark


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