This is an easy and delicious dessert or afternoon snack. I decided to omit butter and just stew the apples in their own juice, some brown sugar, and a bit of water. None of us missed the butter, which is great, and really lightens up having an apple dessert.
--the right amount of apples to fit inside your crockpot. I used my 6 qt oval Smart Pot and fit in 3 Fuji apples and 2 tiny little red guys.
--1/3 cup brown sugar (if you are using more or less apples, use approx 1/2 T per apple)
--1/2 cup raisins
--1/2 cup dried cranberries
--1/2 cup walnut halves or pieces
--2 t vanilla
--1/2 cup water
put the 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of your crockpot, and swirl in the vanilla. Wash and core your apples---core out a bit extra, so you have room to stuff. Put the apples into the bottom of the crock, on top of the vanilla water. Stuff the apples with the toppings, and shove a bit of brown sugar into each core. You are going to have more brown sugar and toppings than will fit inside of the apples, so heap the extra toppings and sugar on top of the apples.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-7. The apples are done when they have reached the desired tenderness for you and your family.
I cooked ours on high for exactly 4 hours. The apples still had their shape, and were tender enough to cut with 2 spoons, but the halves also were able to be picked up and munched on (really sticky this way).
I served these as an after school snack, and everyone was happy. I'm tempted to try them again with either a bit of sweetened condensed milk poured over the top, or one of those chewy caramel candies pushed down the center. I'd also like to try them with Granny Smith apples---we had the red ones in the house, but if I was going to the store specifically for baking apples, I'd gravitate towards the Granny Smiths.