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These Apple Fritters are so delicious and easy to make! Juicy, tart apples in sweet fried pastry, drizzled with a luscious glaze are the perfect fall treat!
A warm cup of coffee and Apple Fritters make a pretty perfect combination a crisp fall day – or any day! This Apple Fritter recipe is so simple and makes a delicious, comforting dessert. They taste like they would be complicated to make, but they are incredibly easy! And they just remind me so much of fall!
It only takes a few minutes to have the batter made and ready to be cooked and only a few more minutes to have a batch of piping hot apple fritters ready for their glaze. They immediately make your house smell amazing and the flavor and texture are just scrumptious!
Apple Fritters Recipe
As I was peeling my Granny Smith apples to make these, I told my son Sam how I enjoyed watching my Great Granddaddy Joe peel apples when I was a little girl. He and my Great Grandmother would have just picked the apples he was about to peel. With his pocket knife in hand, he’d begin to peel. He’d always ask if we thought he could peel the apple in one long ring. It was always a treat to watch him in anticipation, knowing he’d never missed this trick in all the other times we’d watched him. The perfect, bouncy ring of apple peeling always seemed magical to my young eyes.
As I finished telling Sam my story, I passed him the nearly complete ring I’d peeled from our Granny Smith apples. I laughed and told him, “I should have watched Granddaddy Joe one more time to make sure I could do it every time, shouldn’t I?”
How to Make Apple Fritters
Ingredients for Fritters
To make these delicious fritters, you’ll need:
- Granny Smith apples – tart apples taste best with sweet fritter and glaze
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Apple Pie Spice
- Apple Cider – or can use apple cider from store
- Vanilla – or can use pure vanilla extract from the store
- Peanut Oil
Ingredients for Glaze:
For the glaze, you’ll need:
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Apple Cider – or store bought apple cider
Step by Step Instructions
- Prep. To make these, start by lining a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels for draining the freshly cooked fritters. Set aside.
- Mix. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and apple pie spice in medium bowl. Add diced apples and toss in the flour mixture. Whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla in a 2 cup measuring cup. Then stir carefully into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula just until combined.
- Cook. Pour oil into a deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat and heat to 350 degrees. Using two tablespoons, scoop 5 or 6 scoops of batter into the heated oil. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
- Place on baking sheet. Remove from Dutch oven with a slotted spoon and place on lined baking sheet to drain.
- Make the Glaze. Whisk together confectioner’s sugar, milk and apple cider until smooth.
- Drizzle. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon of glaze over each apple fritter and allow to rest about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Serve. Serve the cooled and glazed apple fritters and enjoy!
More Apple Recipes to Try
We love so many things made with apples, so here are just a few more of our favorites. There are many more delicious apple recipes here on the site.
Here’s our Apple Fritters recipe. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine always does!
Apple Fritters Recipe
- 2 large Granny Smith apples peeled and diced
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 – 4 cups peanut oil
For the glaze:
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon apple cider
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels in preparation for draining fritters once they are cooked.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and apple pie spice in a medium bowl. Add diced apples and toss in the flour mixture. Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla in a 2-cup measuring cup. Stir carefully into flour mixture with a rubber spatula, just until well-combined.
- Pour oil into deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat and bring to 350º F. Using two tablespoons, place 5 to 6 scoops at a time into heated oil. Cook apple fritters about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
- Remove from the Dutch oven with a slotted spoon and place onto prepared pan for draining.
For the glaze:
- Whisk together confectioner’s sugar, milk, and apple cider until smooth. Spoon 1 teaspoon of glaze over each apple fritter and allow to rest about 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
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Originally published October 2011.
Oh my, these look so yummy! I don’t have self-rising flour. Can I just add some baking powder?
Dielle – You can substitute 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt for the self-rising flour in this recipe and it should work just fine.
These apple fritters look delicious. Do you think it would be okay to used dried apples?
What a fun post to read! Many years ago I made something similar and called them Adam’s Apples for my son Adam. Thanks for the reminder and your recipe that takes me back a few years.
I’m looking forward to making these since we just went apple picking. However, my son is allergic to peanuts, so the peanut oil is not going to work for us. What other oil do you recommend?
I would recommend canola oil instead. I hope you enjoy them!
Perfect!!! I’ll give them a try!! Thanks Robyn!
I look forward to trying this recipe out. Thanks for sharing the recipe AND the sweet story.
WAHOO…I can make my own at home! Fresh and yummy. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Love your family friendly recipes!
Hi, wanting to make these apple fritters today. Quick question the half cup of apple cider, is that mixed in with the milk and eggs? You don’t have it listed in the recipe. Was guessing, but don’t want to mess it up!
I added the apple cider to the milk mixture and they turned out great! I think without the cider the mixture would have been too dry.
Hi Ms Robyn,What is Apple Cider?Is it Apple Cider Vinegar,sorry to ask this .Really I don’t know….
Made these for dessert tonight – sooooooo good!! Thanks for the recipe.
all I CAN SAY IS YUM.
Thanks, Dolores! So glad you like these.
Girl,,,,, you are awesome. I just found you. Your recipes are right on time for me.