Apple Fritters are deliciously easy cinnamon apple donuts that your entire family will love. In less time than it takes to run to the local donut shop, you can make homemade apple fritters in your own kitchen. While they taste like the most decadent delight from the pastry case, don’t worry – they are deceptively easy to make!
Reasons you’ll love these fritters:
- Get the donut shop flavor you love, easily and affordably at home.
- Your family won’t mind waking up early when they smell the scent of cinnamon and apples.
- They are so fast to make, you can literally make them in less time, start to finish, than it takes to run to the corner donut shop.
- The combination of apples and cinnamon is perfect for the upcoming fall months.
How To Make Apple Fritters
Apple Fritters are one of those foods that may seem hard to make, yet is surprisingly simple and easy to recreate at home. There is no yeast used, no rising time, it’s just a matter of mixing up your ingredients, giving them a little time in the frying pan, then serving.
Let’s discuss how to make these easy homemade apple fritters, as well as the ingredients that are needed for it. Please take note that below you will find discussion, expert tips, and answers to frequently asked questions about this recipe to help you recreate it in your kitchen.
If you *just* want the recipe itself, scroll down. The full printable recipe itself, with exact measurements and instructions, is found at the bottom of this page
The ingredients to make these fritters are ones you likely already have on hand. Let’s go over what you’ll need.
- Flour – All-purpose flour is what this recipe was created and tested with. If you have a gluten free flour you use, you could try that, but I have not tested it and thus can’t speak to the results.
- Sugar – Simple granulated sugar.
- Baking powder – Make sure you are using baking powder, which typically comes in a can, and not baking soda. Also, double check the expiration date!
- Cinnamon – Whichever ground cinnamon you prefer. I like Ceylon or Saigon varieties.
- Salt – You can use table salt, Kosher or sea salt. Diamond Kosher is my personal favorite.
- Eggs – Make sure you have large eggs. Lately the “large” eggs I buy sometimes are more medium in size than expected.
- Milk – Whichever milk you keep on hand for drinking, that will be fine.
- Apples – Personally I like Granny Smith in recipes such as this one.
- Canola oil – A neutral oil, such as canola, is a good choice.
- Powdered sugar – Also called confectioners sugar.
- Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract is always the best choice.
- Milk – Again, whichever milk you keep on hand, it will work great.
Just a reminder that the full printable recipe card is found at the bottom of this post. Here we will walk through the steps, with photos to show you exactly what to do.
To make your apple fritters, begin by whisking together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Then, in a separate small bowl, gently beat the eggs and milk together. Pour this into the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
Next, Stir in the apple pieces.
Heat the oil in a large pot to 375 degrees. It’s very important to not overheat, or your fritters will be overcooked on the outside and doughy on the inside. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend a thermometer to allow you to monitor temperature.
Drop the batter by heaping spoonfuls into the hot oil. Depending on the thickness of your batter, you may want to flatten it out a little, so the fritter is not too thick. Do not overcrowd the pan, make sure to allow plenty of room for each fritter to cook.
Allow to come to a golden brown color, approximately two minutes, then gently turn with a spatula to brown the other side. Remove each fritter once it reaches golden brown and place on a plate lined with paper towels or a baking rack over a cookie sheet.
Prepare the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. For a thicker glaze you can add more milk, a teaspoon at a time. For thicker glaze, use slightly less milk. Remember to add milk in small amounts, it’s always easier to thin out the glaze than it is to thicken it.
Dip or drizzle glaze over each apple fritter then allow them to cool slightly prior to serving.
Expert Tips For Apple Fritters
Apples: The best apple choices are Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, or Macintosh. Stay away from Red Delicious in this recipe, they just tend to turn to mush.
Safety: It’s important to keep safety in mind when frying foods. Here is a great article on how to safely fry foods in your own home.
Storage: Like most fried donuts, these apple fritters are best served fresh. However if you want to store them, place them in an airtight container. They will keep for approximately two days at room temperature, up to seven days in the fridge, or up to two months in the freezer. That said, this is a recipe where fresh really is best!
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Can I use water instead of milk in the glaze? Yes, you can replace milk with water, or a non dairy milk, in equal amounts. It make impact the taste and consistency, but will still be delicious.
Can different fruits be used? Absolutely! Blueberries and peaches are the best options. Use one to two cups of blueberries or peaches in place of apples.
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- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2-3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4" size pieces approximately 2-3 cups
- 3-4 cups canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp milk
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, gently beat the eggs and milk together. Pour this into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in diced apples.
- Heat the oil in a large pot to 375 degrees. Take care to monitor the temperature closely, if it's hotter, the outside of the fritters will cook too quickly, leaving the insides doughy. Carefully drop the batter by heaping spoonfuls into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan, it's better to work in batches then to try and make these all at once. Depending on the thickness of your batter,you may want to flatten it out a little, so the fritter is not too thick. Cook to golden brown, approximately 2 minutes, then flip to cook the second side.
- Remove each fritter as t is golden brown all over. The second side will likely take less time than the first. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels or a baking rack over a cookie sheet.
- Prepare the glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Dip or drizzle glaze over each apple fritter then allow to cool slightly prior to serving.