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!

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. 🙂

4.92 from 46 votes
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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  • Terry Worshek says:

    Enjoy watching & your recipes. I might be your oldest fan (72) retired

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      72 years young! <3

  • Peggy says:

    Could these be baked not fried ?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Peggy! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We actually have a baked apple fritter recipe you could try. Have a great day!

  • Wanda copeland says:

    I love recipes. I’m 86 and have enjoyed new recipes. Wanda

  • Krysta Acree says:

    Can you make this with an air fryer?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Krysta! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried making the apple fritters in an air fryer, so I can’t say how they would turn out. Let us know if you try it, and have a great day!

  • Kathy Jones says:

    I LOVE “APPLE FRITTER’S”, so today I am going to make a double batch. Just in case They turn out great. It really doesn’t call for much ing. to make.

  • Vanessa Green says:

    Pretty good recipe. I will make again.

  • Lisa says:

    Could these be made with almond milk?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I haven’t tested with that substitution Lisa, so can’t speak to its effectiveness.

  • Sue Grabowski says:

    OMG! these were the best recipe I have ever made. they turned out better than bakery fritters. Husband loved them. They were light, not too sweet, filled with apples and simple to make. Thank you so much for the recipe. I had no idea they were so simple to make.

  • Rebekah christensen says:

    OMG, Delicious! I made them last night. We ate 2 and saved 3 in the fridge. We warmed them up in the Microwave for breakfast, they we still just as delicious the next morning.
    This Recipe is so easy, I actually cooked them in veggie oil a sauce pan one at a time. It was great I used way lest oil.

  • Christie says:

    Would it be possible to make these with a gluten free 1 to 1 flour? My gluten free kiddo has been missing fresh donuts.

  • Larry Hicks says:

    One question: Could I substitute sweet cherries for the apple and end up with something I’d like to eat? I found cherry fritters (one time six months ago and none since) and they were great. Been craving them. Wondered about subbing cherries for apples and having a decent result. Thanks. Your apple fritters were great by the way.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I haven’t made that substitution so I am not sure… but it is definitely worth trying! Cherry fritters sound AMAZING.

  • Deloris says:

    I love this. I’ve always purchased fritters from local donut shops and now I can make them myself and eat them as often as I wish!!! Thank you,! 👍🏽😋😍🥰

  • Deloris says:

    That first post somehow dropped a star, so I’m reposting the ratings! Thanks

  • Micki says:

    Looks great. Can you make them with Almond or Coconut flour. Would you need to add Arrow Root Flour to It for the gluten? Can they be fried in Coconut Oil? questions, questions. LOL

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Micki! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried those substitutions with this recipe, so I can’t say how the fritters would turn out. If you give it a try, let us know how they taste! Have a great day!

  • Debbie says:

    Your recipes are amazing- I have to watch my sugar intake so I adjust the sugar on some – they are still delicious- keep up the delicious recipes ❤️❤️

  • Karen b says:

    Your recipe was wonderful and easy to make thanks

  • Mary S says:

    Made them this morning. Very easy recipe and they got the thumbs up rating from my family. I used Almond milk and whole wheat flour. Will definitely make them again. I just wish there were crispier. Any recommendations on how to get a crunchier Apple fritter?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Mary! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You may need to adjust the oil temperature, depending on your circumstances in your kitchen. Testing the first one is always a good idea. In addition, check the oil temperature again after each fritter has been fried, since the oil temperature tends to cool down each time. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Roni says:

    These look so good! How many does this recipe make?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Roni! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You will probably get 7-10 fritters out of this recipe. Have a great day!

  • Marion 78 yrs.young says:

    Love your recipes.

  • Tracy Harper says:

    Absolutely delicious! Very easy!

  • D. Broady says:

    All I have are fuji and gala apples. Can I use a combination of the two?

  • Lynne says:

    I don’t have one of the fancy stand mixers with paddle (sad) can I use a hand minder or use a wooden spoon or fork to make the mixed. Also don’t have whole milk got 2%. I have a ton of apples for canning apple sauce and apple pie mix . so have enough apples left would like to make tonight

  • Jimmy says:

    Great day with your recipe! I did follow step by step and turn out impressive taste! Thank you!

  • Rebekah says:

    I really liked these, made them with an egg substitute (flaxseed) and almond coconut milk mix and they turned out great!

  • Sherry M Ascough says:

    Hi. I tried these Apple Fritters and love them; they were so easy to make. I shared them with a neighbor.