⅓ cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
3½ cups water
2 cups uncooked rolled oats
2 medium sweet apples, such as Fuji or Gala, cut into ½ inch pieces (about 2 cups)
⅓ cup raisins
2 teaspoons apple pie spice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. In a small bowl, stir together the half-and-half, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight until serving time.
2. Lightly spray a 3- to 4-quart slow cooking with cooking spray. Put the remaining ingredients except the cinnamon in the slow cooker, stirring well to combine. Cook, covered, on low for 7 to 8 hours, or until thick and creamy.
3. Christmas morning, stir the half-and-half mixture into the oatmeal. Spoon into bowls. Sprinkle with cinnamon.