Homemade Apple Fritters | The Recipe Critic


Juicy chunks of apple, coated in batter and shallow fried, these homemade apple fritters are a tender, delicious apple breakfast treat that are also incredibly simple to make. They’re topped off with an addictive but simple icing which takes them to a whole ‘nother level.

This apple fritters recipe is the perfect addition to a long line up of amazing apple recipes here. From this Apple Dump Cake to this gorgeous Apple Danish to a Perfect Apple Pie, we’ve got your apple cravings covered.

A stack of 3 apple fritters on a white plate with more in the background

Homemade Apple Fritters

These apple fritters have become a favorite in our house. Soft, tender dough wrapped around chunks of juicy apple, laced with cinnamon and topped with a simple powdered sugar glaze – these are what Fall breakfast dreams are made of.

Ingredients in Apple Fritters:

Essentially a type of donut but way easier to make, these apple fritters have no yeast. Just a few simple ingredients, and loaded with chunks of apple, there is no rising time to worry about and shallow frying is much simpler than deep frying.

  • Flour, baking powder, salt – all regulars in a good batter. The baking powder gives a bit of lift and helps to make them soft.
  • Brown sugar – I like brown sugar in my apple fritters. It’s caramel edge is perfect with apples.
  • Cinnamon and vanilla – both of these flavours, combined with apples are just meant to be plus it adds Fall to this yummy treat.
  • Eggs and milk – both are used for richness and the eggs help bind everything together.
  • Apples – the most important ingredient. Granny smiths are my go to. They’re slightly tart, so perfect with the sweetness of the glaze and the richness, and they hold their shape well wherever you use them. Other apples work well too though since these aren’t cooked for long enough for them to turn mushy. Try Gala or Honey Crisp.

How to Make Easy Apple Fritters:

A very simple batter, loaded with apple pieces and then shallow fried and glazed – apple fritters couldn’t be easier.

  1. Dry ingredients: mix together all the dry ingredients, whisking them together so they’re fully incorporated.
  2. Add wet ingredients: Whisk together eggs and vanilla then add the flour mixture through. Carefully mix in milk.
  3. Add apples: Finally add apples to the mix, folding just until combined – try not to overmix it.
  4. Fry the fritters: You just want to heat about ¼ inch of oil in a medium to large skillet to about 350F then fry the fritters for a few minutes each side.
  5. Glaze the fritters: Mix up a simple 2 ingredient glaze then dip the top of each fritter in or use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the top.

4 images showing mixing batter in a glass bowl, then frying fritters in a frying pan

Tips And Variations For The Best Apple Fritters:

  • Apples: I love Granny Smiths but use your favourite apple. They don’t cook for long enough for the apples to really break down so most will work fine.
  • Other fruits: You can try other fruits too – how about peaches (no need to peel) or pears for something different but equally delicious.
  • Don’t be tempted to cook them quicker: To high a heat the fritters will burn before they are cooked through. This might mean the batter is still runny inside or the apples are still too firm.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan: Make sure there’s a good amount of room between the fritters. Too many and the oil will cool down too much which will result in greasy or soggy fritters.

Top down view of apple fritters on a gold wire rack

Can I Make Apple Fritters Ahead Of Time:

Apple fritters are definitely best served fresh. If you have some leftovers and want to reheat them, I recommend reheating them in the oven at 350 Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.

A stack of apple fritters on a white plate, the top one is broken in half showing the inside.

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