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Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters are light and fluffy deep fried apple cinnamon donuts dipped in a powdered sugar glaze. A scrumptious breakfast treat or dessert that is really quick and easy to make.

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Love apple desserts? This Fresh Apple Cake and Apple Cobbler are a few of our favorites that we enjoy making all year long. Add a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert for entertaining. We also love this Apple Fritter Cake for all of that apple cinnamon goodness!

Apple Fritters on a wire rack

Apple Fritters ~ Easy Breakfast Recipe

Apple fritters are impossible to resist made with fresh apples and just a few simple ingredients. They are quickly fried and dipped in a sweet powdered sugar glaze, perfect for Sunday mornings.

Ingredients for Apple Fritters

Ingredients Needed:

  • All purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Apples: Gala Apples, Honeycrisp Apples or Granny Smith Apples
  • Orange Juice or lemon juice
  • Milk
  • Large Eggs
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Vegetable Oil

For the Glaze:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

How to Make Apple Fritters:

bowl of flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder

  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, kosher salt and cinnamon. Whisk until combined.

diced apples with peeler and knife

  • Peel, core and dice apples.

orange bowl filled with diced apples

  • Place apples in a bowl and drizzle with orange juice. Stir until combined, set aside.
  • bowl with dry ingredients, eggs, butter, milk and vanillaInto the flour mixture, add the wet ingredients: milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla.

apple fritter batter

  • Mix just until combined, don’t over stir or the fritters will be tough.

diced apples in bowl of batter

  • Add diced apples.

apple fritter batter in a bowl

  • Gently fold in apples until well combined. 

vegetable oil heating in a pan on the stove with a oil thermometer

  • Use a heavy pan like a dutch oven or cast iron skillet and add about 2- 3 inches of oil. I used about 3 cups. Place over medium-high heat using a deep fry thermometer, heat until oil reaches 350°.

powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a black bowl

  • While the oil is heating, make the icing. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla to a medium bowl.

whisk in a black bowl with powdered sugar glaze

  • Whisk until smooth, set aside.
  • Layer a baking sheet with paper towels and top with a wire rack.

frying apple fritters

  • Drop batter, about 1/4 cup at a time into hot oil, cooking 2- 3 at a time. Keep an eye on the oil temperature keeping it between 350° and 375°.

frying apple fritters in a pan

  • As fritters start to brown, flip them over and continue to cook until golden brown, about 1- 2 minutes per side.

apple fritters on a wire rack

  • Remove fritters with a slotted spoon to the wire rack and cool slightly.

apple fritter dipping into powdered sugar glaze

  • Dip apple fritters into icing, flip to coat both sides.

Glazed apple fritters on a wire rack

  • Return to the wire rack.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Variations:

Apple Fritters can also be drizzled with maple syrup, dusted with powdered sugar or rolled in cinnamon sugar in place of the simple glaze.

Cinnamon sugar can be made by combining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Of course you can substitute other fruits in place of the apples, like peaches, blueberries or blackberries.

How to Store:

Apple Fritters are best enjoyed within 24 hours but they are so delicious that you aren’t likely to have leftovers. Place in a zip top bag or paper sack at room temperature.

Will this Recipe Work in an Air Fryer?

This recipe is best deep fried. I tried the air fryer and hated the texture, they were kind of gummy and this batter doesn’t bake up into a proper muffin either. To get that donut like texture of the classic apple fritter, deep frying is key.

apple fritters on a tray with an apple and milk to the side

Tips for the Best Apple Fritters:

  • Keeping the oil temperature in the range of 350° – 375 will make the fritters golden brown. If the oil is too hot, the fritters will be dark on the outside and still raw in the middle. If the oil is not hot enough, the batter will absorb too much oil and won’t be that crispy fritter that you are looking for.
  • Drain on a wire rack and dip in the glaze while still warm.
  • Cool fried apple fritters on the wire rack to keep them crisp. They will sweat and become soggy on a plate or baking sheet.
  • Cut the apples into small pieces so that you get apple chunks in every bite.

Once you see how easy this Apple Fritter Recipe is to make at home, they will be your new favorite thing. Warm apple fritters are great served with your morning coffee, hot chocolate or a tall glass of milk.

More Apple Recipes You Will Love:

Air Fryer Churro Apple Pie Bombs are a quick and easy treat to make with just a few ingredients. Make these in the air fryer or the oven.

Easy Apple Crisp is always a winner for a simple weeknight dessert. Best served warm from the oven with a big dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Rolls are a quick and easy sweet treat for breakfast any day of the week. Made with fresh apples and refrigerator crescent dough. 

More Easy Apple Recipes to try.

closeup of apple fritter on a plate, broke in half

Skip the donut shop and make a batch of homemade apple fritters this weekend. They are perfect for the fall season and quick enough for sudden cravings any time day or night.

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Yield: 16 fritters

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters on a wire rack

Apple Fritters are light and fluffy deep fried apple cinnamon donuts dipped in a powdered sugar glaze.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 apples (gala, honeycrisp or granny smith)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice or lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying

For the Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  2. Peel, core and dice the apples and place in a bowl. Drizzle with orange juice and stir to combine, set aside.
  3. Add milk, melted butter, eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
  4. Fold in apples. Set aside.
  5. Add vegetable oil to a heavy bottom pan and place over medium-high heat. Use a deep fry thermometer and heat to 350°.
  6. While the oil heats, Line a baking sheet with paper towels and top with a wire rack, set aside.
  7. Make the glaze by adding 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla to a bowl and whisking until smooth. Set aside.
  8. When the oil is hot, carefully drop batter into the pan, adjust the temperature to keep the oil between 350 and 375°.
  9. Flip the fritters to brown on both sides, about 1- 2 minutes per side. Remove from oil when they are golden brown and place on the wire rack.
  10. Cool slightly and then dip into glaze, flipping to coat both sides. Return to the wire rack.
  11. Repeat with remaining batter.
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Store cooled apple fritters in a paper sack or ziploc bag at room temperature. Best served within 24 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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