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 on a cutting board

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.

Tips:

  • 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.
5 from 176 votes

Apple Fritters

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.
Servings: 12
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

Fritter Ingredients

Glaze Ingredients

Instructions

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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111 comments on “Apple Fritters Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for your recipe. Made a double batch of the apple fritters and took them to my daughters picnic. They were the best. Never made them before. I had 3 left out of 24.
    Was told “Don’t ever lose that recipe.”

  2. 5 stars
    We made these plant based style (which the recipe already was close to being vegan friendly. We simply used almond milk for both the batter and the icing. For the icing I used a small amount of Starbucks almondmilk and oatmilk PUMPKIN SPICE creamer, a little cinnamon and vanilla & almondmilk, DELICIOUS is an understatement. This recipe made 8 apple fritters which was perfect for my family of 4. I will definitely be adding this to our favorite recipe lists. Thanks for this!

  3. 5 stars
    This my 2nd attempt, 2nd recipe at Apple Fritters. Yours Is It! Excellent flavor. Only addition I added vanilla extract to the batter. Thank you for sharing!

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    Susan Nichols

    5 stars
    They were very good. Since I control the sugar, my diabetic husband can have one for dessert. Thanks!

    1. Omg…just made these today with 12yr old granddaughter. So very easy! Came together in no time. I used an enamel Dutch oven to fry them and found 375degrees to hot.they cooked too quickly so just gotvtemp down to 345 to 350 and much better results. For sure will have to double recipe next time..love love

  5. 5 stars
    I just made the Apple Fritters and got 8 from this recipe, of course, I ate one and then another, so now I am in the Kitchen making a double batch, so delicious, and easy, the best I ever had, thank you so much.

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    Rosie Wallace

    5 stars
    This recipe was wonderful! I did use apple pie filling and it was so moist and crunchy!
    I also made them a bit smaller than the recommended amount. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Omg…just made these today with 12yr old granddaughter. So very easy! Came together in no time. I used an enamel Dutch oven to fry them and found 375degrees to hot.they cooked too quickly so just gotvtemp down to 345 to 350 and much better results. For sure will have to double recipe next time..love love

  7. I noticed a couple of people asked, but I didn’t catch the replies…do these turn out well in an air fryer?

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    Randy Wallace

    5 stars
    I made them for my wife because she likes apple fritters. I have never had one until now. She bit into it and said …”mmmm this really good” so I tried one and I believe the two of us won’t have any problem finishing these off in short order. Delicious

  9. 5 stars
    Been years since I’ve made..what I liked most was the use of applesauce and unspecified apple choice.Turned out delicious, easy to make.

    1. Hey Brenda, yes that should work. I would try around 2 cups and use still use the applesauce.

  10. 5 stars
    Delicious and so easy .I got 10 fritters. A definite make again dessert..thank you for sharing your recipe.

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve been on the hunt for a good fritter recipe quite a while. My son loves them and requests them for his bday breakfast each year. This is it!! They were so easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.