Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat; add shallots, and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in apples, and sauté 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and remaining ingredients; sauté 15 to 18 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm.
Rosemary-Scented Fried Apples: Substitute rosemary for thyme and balsamic vinegar for apple cider vinegar.