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These homemade apple fritters are golden brown and perfectly spiced, with a crispy exterior and soft, tender inside. Serve them warm for an irresistible fall treat!

close up image of apple fritters on a wire cooling rack

Apple season is upon us, friends, which means if you’ve made a trip to your local u-pick orchard, you might be wondering what the heck you’re going to do with all those apples. (Sure, at the time picking a whole bushel seemed like a good idea, until you got them all home and realized you had to use them up before they go bad!)

While apple pies, apple crisps, and apple muffins are always a safe bet, I think this should be the year you make a batch of apple fritters!

top down view of apple fritters on a wire cooling rack

Classic Apple Fritters Recipe

Apple fritters are like a fried donut and typically made with a batter or dough that contains chunks or pieces of apples. They can be served plain, dusted with confectioners’ sugar, or glazed with a sweet icing. In terms of flavor, they’re a little bit like apple cider donuts, except they have lots of diced apples in the mix.

When you make your own apple fritters at home, you’ll get to eat them while they’re warm, toasty, and still delightfully crispy on the outside. They just don’t compare to the ones you buy at the grocery store or donut shop—fresh is best when it comes to apple fritters!

ingredients to make apple fritters and glaze

Ingredients

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

For the apple fritters:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon – As an alternative, you could use homemade apple pie spice.
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Whole milk – Whole milk is best because the higher fat content yields a more tender dough.
  • Applesauce – Just regular, unsweetened, unflavored applesauce!
  • Eggs – Here’s the best way to crack an egg.
  • Granny Smith apples – You can use another variety, too, but you’ll want one that’s firm and sweet-tart, like Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn.
  • Oil for frying – Peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil work well. You’ll need to choose an oil with a high smoke point.
  • Powdered sugar – This is optional, for dusting.

For the optional glaze:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whole milk
  • Salt
steps to make apple fritters with glaze

How to Make Apple Fritters

1. Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

2. Finish the Batter

In a large bowl, whisk the vanilla, milk, applesauce, and eggs until the mixture is smooth. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients to form the batter. Fold in the apples. 

3. Prepare the Oil

Heat a few inches of oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it reaches 350ºF to 370ºF. (You can use a deep fryer instead if you have one.)

Tip: If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test the oil by dropping a small amount of batter into it. If it bubbles and floats immediately, the oil is ready. If it burns quickly, the oil is too hot, so you’ll need to reduce the heat and try again in a few minutes.

4. Cook the Apple Fritters

Drop a tablespoon of batter into the hot oil for each fritter; you should be able to make six or seven at a time without crowding the pot. Fry, flipping when needed, until the fritters are golden brown and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the fritters from the pan and let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack. Repeat with the remaining batter.

5. Finish

If you’re making the glaze, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl, then coat the fritters with the mixture. Otherwise, dust the fritters in powdered sugar before serving.

stack of three glazed apple fritters served on a white round plate

How to Store Apple Fritters

As mentioned above, apple fritters are one of those foods that’s really best served warm right after you make them!

To keep your apple fritters as fresh as possible in the event that you do have leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If you want to extend their shelf life even more, you can freeze them for up to 2 months. Reheat frozen fritters by baking them in a 350°F oven until warmed through, or just pop them in the microwave.

stack of three apple fritters with one having a bite taken out of it all served on a white round plate

FAQs

Is an apple fritter considered a donut?

It depends who you ask! Some people do consider them donuts, and they’re often sold at donut shops. Technically speaking, though, an apple fritter is a fried pastry similar to a donut that contains chunks or pieces of apples, whereas a donut is a fried pastry that’s typically shaped like a ring with a hole in the center. 

Do apple fritters have filling?

No, apple fritters do not have filling. Instead, they have diced apples folded into the batter before frying.

Is pancake batter the same as fritter batter?

No, pancake batter and fritter batter are not the same. Fritter batter is thicker than pancake batter, as it contains less liquid. This helps to ensure that your fritters are nice and crispy on the outside and hold together in the oil.

Can you bake or air fry apple fritters?

If you want to bake or air fry apple fritters, I recommend finding a recipe that’s specifically developed for this purpose. This apple fritter recipe was made for traditional frying and the batter is thinner than what you’d need for baking in the oven or air frying.

More Apple Recipes for Fall

Apple Fritters

These homemade apple fritters are golden brown and perfectly spiced, with a crispy exterior and soft, tender inside. Serve them warm for an irresistible fall treat!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients  

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup whole milk
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Granny Smith apples diced (about 1½ -2 cups)
  • oil for frying
  • powdered sugar for dusting optional

Glaze (optional)

  • cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • pinch of salt

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and stir with a whisk to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, add the vanilla, milk, applesauce, and eggs and stir with a whisk to combine. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet to form the batter. Fold in the diced apples.
  • Heat a few inches of oil in a Dutch oven until hot (350F-370F) over medium-high heat. Test using a thermometer or drop a small amount of batter into the oil. If it bubbles and floats immediately, it's ready. If it burns quickly, the oil is too hot. Reduce the heat.
  • Drop one tablespoon of batter into the oil, six or seven at a time. Cook, flipping when needed, until the fritters are golden brown and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on a paper towel. Repeat.
  • For the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until smooth.
  • To serve, dust the fritters in powdered sugar or coat in the glaze.

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: apple dessert, apple fritters
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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