Apple Fritters

filed under: Bread · Breakfast · Cakes on October 25, 2018

Apple Fritters made with a cakey batter incorporated with juicy apples are the ultimate homemade treat! The sweet glaze sends these fritters over the top and may even remind you of a stuffed funnel cake. But better of course! My favorite part? You can have this fabulous Apple Fritter in front of you in 30 minutes! Be sure to also try my other fritter recipes, including Banana, Peach, and Blueberry!

Apple Fritters

These Apple Fritters use a few basic ingredients and come together really fast! They also happen to use fresh apples, so that’s always a bonus when I am trying to justify donuts for breakfast. 😉 I loved the recipe so much, I made an Apple Fritter Bread!

Apple Fritter on a Napkin


Tips for the Best Apple Fritters

In the instructions, I suggest starting to heat your oil after the batter has come together. The first few times I made these I would start the oil right away (trying to save time) and I would always forget and the oil would get too hot and burn the batter. Boo, hiss! Be sure to give yourself a few minutes to allow the oil to get to 375°F after the batter has come together. Try to also use a pan that is bigger than you would need, as there can be hot oil splattering and that is never a good thing.

The batter itself appears to be thin and you may wonder, how is this ever going to puff up into a beautiful fritter? But trust me, it will.

I prefer to use Granny Smith apples in this recipe as they hold up beautifully when baked or fried. We did try Honeycrisp apples and liked it, but when we tried Red Delicious apples, it wasn’t our favorite. The texture of the apples was almost the same as the donut and there wasn’t as strong of an apple flavor. When possible, opt for a Granny Smith!

Drizzling Glaze over Apple Fritters on a wire rack

Can You Bake These Apple Fritters?

I don’t recommend using this specific recipe for making Baked Apple Fritters. I tried adding the batter to a muffin tin, but they do not rise up as beautifully when baked. But, I do have a Baked Apple Fritters Recipe you could try!

Homemade Donut Glaze

You may have noticed that I opted for water instead of cream or milk in the glaze recipe. When coating donuts you want the glaze a little thinner than you would use for cakes or cookies.

Another option instead of glaze? Sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar when cooled. It’s just 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. You could also dust them with confectioner’s sugar. Or simply enjoy plain!

Each batch only yields about 5 fritters, so double it if you have a large family. They are best eaten within 24 hours so if you can eat them all, maybe drop some off for a neighbor or teacher. I tried freezing once and didn’t like how they turned out when thawed, so it might be easier to just whip up a new batch when you get a craving. 🙂

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The Best Apple Fritters
Apple Fritters
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
“Cakey” batter incorporated with juicy apples make these apple fritters the ultimate homemade treat! The sweet glaze sends these fritters over the top and reminiscent of a stuffed funnel cake. But better!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple fritters
Servings: 8
Calories: 269 kcal
Author: Amanda
Apple Fritter
  • 1 cup (128g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 -3 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced into bite-size pieces (about 2-3 apples)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ cup (61g) whole milk
  • Vegetable or canola oil, (for frying)
  • 1 ¼ cups (150g) confectioners sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-6 teaspoons water
Apple Fritter
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice and apples. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and eggs on medium speed until fully combined. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in two additions. Mix until just combined.
  4. Pour in the milk and continue to stir until incorporated.
  5. Fold in the apples.
  6. Fill a frying pan halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 375°F with a candy thermometer.
  7. Drop ¼ cup of batter into the oil and let fry until golden brown. Flip and fry until the opposite side is golden brown. To test for doneness, insert a small knife into the center. If there's still uncooked batter in the center, fry for a bit longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined cooling rack and let cool. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  1. Make the glaze by combining the sugar, vanilla, and 3 teaspoons of water. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a pourable consistency is reached.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled fritters and let dry. 

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  • Cheryl says:

    Followed recipe. Mine were burnt on the outside and not quite done in the center. Will attempt this recipe again when I have apples. Lol.but on a lower temp for a bit longer.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi – yes it sounds like the oil may have been a bit too hot.

  • Erin says:


  • Susan Carson says:

    Amanda, you are seriously badass! I so love the way you deal with these petty haters and put them in their places. Oh and super great recipes lol!! Xoxo
    Keep it up!!

  • Kristy Morin says:

    I made these with fresh cherries instead of apples. They turned out really well! Thank you so much for this lovely and easy recipe!

  • Catherine says:

    I wasn’t planning on making the apple fritters, but after reading the ingredients, I thought why not?! I had my oil at 350 degrees and they browned beautifully. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • Patricia says:

    Can I bake them in my air fryer?

  • Arnold Kleiman says:

    Just made these and they are too die for. What about using blueberries

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Arnold! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. I am so glad you asked…here is a recipe for blueberry fritters you might love! Have a great day!

  • Leslie says:

    what to do if you don’t have a kitchenaid or dough machine?

  • Patricia says:

    @Patricia — Can you make these in an air fryer? Thank goodness you didn’t ask if they can be made in an Instant Pot and using the water pressure to make the donuts.

  • rosalina says:

    it is a MUST to try this telling you if you love apple fritter you wont regret this recipe…now i dont have to throw my left over apples again lol..BUT you have to watch out for the oil because it get too hot easily and you might end up with brown outside and not quite done inside ….everything else was good .thank you so much my family loves it

  • Phyllis says:

    Made them…not a reg. Donut shop apple fritter but pretty good.. I used canned apples only because i didn’t have fresh apples. Did have to break apart to get done all the way

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, the canned apples will be in a sauce and could affect the outcome. 🙂

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