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Apple Fritters Recipe

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This easy Apple Fritters recipe is the quickest and best way to make this old fashion treat. A warm, fresh donut with homemade glaze is one of my favorite things. A bit similar to the beloved funnel cake, but WAY better!

I really love baking with apples and adore anything apple fritter! You will also love our our popular Amish Apple Fritter Bread – it’s fantastic!

Apple Fritters

These homemade apple fritters are made right on the kitchen stove in a simple skillet and some oil. They are soft and sweet on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

Ingredients You Need

  • Apples. You’ll need two large apples and we prefer Granny Smith for these.
  • Flour. All purpose.
  • Sugar. To sweeten.
  • Baking Powder.
  • Salt.
  • Milk. Whichever kind of milk you like.
  • Cinnamon. For flavor.
  • Unsweetened Applesauce. For extra apple flavor.
  • Vegetable Oil. For frying.

Donut Glaze Ingredients

I just love a simple powdered sugar glaze! Three ingredients, made fast and it’s so easy. Plus, it can go on just about anything.

  • Powdered Sugar. 
  • Milk.
  • Vanilla.

How To Make Apple Fritters

  1. Dry Ingredients. In a bowl, stir the dry ingredients.
  2. Add Wet Ingredients. Stir in the milk and applesauce next.
  3. Apples. Dice up your apples into small bites and fold them into the batter.
  4. Fry. Heat oil in the skillet to about 375 degrees. Then, drop the batter in 1/3 scoops for 2 minutes on each side. Let them cool on a rack while you make the glaze.
  5. Glaze. Stir the three glaze ingredients together and dip each fritter in. Let the excess drip and enjoy.

These are most certainly the best tasting when they are warm and fresh! Serve them in the morning with your cup of coffee or a cool glass of milk.

Apple Fritters

Can you Bake these Apple Fritters?

Yes you can, BUT I would not recommend baking. You will get the best results with frying this recipe.


  • Heat – Use a thermometer to make sure the oil is at the correct temperature making sure the tip is not touching the bottom of the pan.
  • Fry – I fry in batched. Add in 3 fritters at a time. This will prevent crowding and helps with any undercooked issues.
  • Color – The darker the fritters the crisper the they’ll be.
  • Rest – Let your fritters rest on a wire rack after a minute on a paper towel. This will help keep them crisp.

More Apple Recipes To Try Next

Easy Apple Slaw Recipe

Apple Crumb Bread

Instant Pot Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Apple Braid Bread


This Apple Fritters recipe is the quickest and best way to make this old fashion treat. A warm, fresh donut with homemade glaze.

Apple Fritters

Published By Jill
This Apple Fritters recipe is the quickest and best way to make this old fashion treat. A warm, fresh donut with homemade glaze is one of my favorite things.
5 from 110 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12


Fritter Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large apples diced
  • vegetable oil

Glaze Ingredients

  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


Fritter Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon to combine.
  • Add applesauce and milk to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Fold in the diced apples.
  • Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet to about 375 degrees.
  • Scoop 1/3 cup of the apple fritter batter and place in the hot oil, spreading it down to flatten.
  • Cook on one side for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown, then flip with tongs and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  • Place the cooked fritters on a cooling rack with a pan or parchment paper underneath to catch oil drippings.
  • Continue with all the batter.

Glaze Instructions

  • Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a medium sized bowl until smooth.
  • Dip each fritter into it.
  • Place back on rack to harden and drip.
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Apple Fritters

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Think I will make these tomorrow

did u make it ? if so how was it

i made the apple fritter recipe . so easy and the best recipe i have tried . today making it again plus peach instead of apple . will see how it does. but, know the apple is great



Just tried these this morning and they are very fun! I didn’t have applesauce, so I used a little apple butter and they turned out great. A winner in our house!5 stars

Does anyone know if gluten free flour can be used for these fritters?

I don’t see why you couldn’t, I used wheat bread flour on mine 

Have you tried making these with GF flour? If so, how much flour did you use and how did they turn out?

we have made these several times, love them, i am wondering if i can fry a few and refridgerate remaining batter to fry the next morning, or is there a trick to keeping them crispy for the next days?

These were very good!! I only had bread flour so I used that and they came out really fluffy!! I will definitely be making these again!!! I had gala apples but I think next time I will Granny Smith’s.
Thanks for the recipe!!

I plan to make these using Gluten Free flour, I know they will be wonderful!! now to get my apples!!

They look delicious and easy to make!

I made these two weeks ago, they WERE so easy and delicious!  I did not have applesauce so diced up a peeled Granny Smith, cooked and mashed it to use.  Worked great.  5 stars

These were fast, easy and so good. Making them for Sunday lunch. Hope they are as good as just made. ( not soggy) Fingers crossed!!

Oh, my goodness! My family LOVE this recipe! I make them into little “Donut holes” and I always have to make a double batch! Thanks for posting this recipe! It’s our favorite!5 stars

Made these little bites of heaven for Christmas breakfast!!! So wonderful and super easy. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!5 stars

So easy to make & taste amazing! My son is an apple fritter lover and said these were awesome!5 stars

Made them today, super easy, and my roommate has a new addiction.5 stars


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