Apple Fritters are a homemade mini fried cinnamon sugar donut with the best simple sweet glaze!  The perfect recipe to make at home for a 30 minute sweet treat or breakfast!

apple fritters

We LOVE apple fritters in this house!  They are possibly my favorite fall treat ever.  These along with Pumpkin Cake, I could definitely eat every single day of fall!  If you’re going to try a fall sweet from our blog, make it this one!  Yes, of course you can buy apple fritters at a bakery, but there is nothing like homemade and they’re really easy!  There is nothing like biting into one of these babies when they are still just pillowy soft, warm, and sweet!  They are melt in your mouth good!

What Are Apple Fritters Made Of?

  1. First things first, whisk together your dry ingredients in a large bowl:  Flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and a pinch of nutmeg.  Just whisk for a minute or so until combined, if you have a few lumps its ok!
  2. Now beat your eggs in a separate large bowl and add in milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract.  Just whisk until  you don’t see any streaks of egg remaining.
  3. Then, add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together just until combined and you don’t see any white streaks.  Do this part gently with a spatula or large spoon.  Don’t over-mix.
  4. Then, you can fry!  Heat the oil for 5 minutes until it’s 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.  To test the oil, drop a pea sized amount of batter in and if it sizzles and starts to turn golden right away you’re good to go.  Place the fried fritters on a paper towel lined baking sheet or wire rack lined sheet to cool slightly before glazing.

how to make apple fritters photo collage

Apple Fritters Recipe Notes and Tips:

  • It is best to use vegetable or canola oil for this recipe. When you are measuring out the oil, don’t stress. Two to three cups of oil works fine and it should be about 1 ½-2 inches deep.
  • Don’t worry about testing your oil with a thermometer if you don’t have one.  You can test to see if your oil is hot enough by dropping about ¼ teaspoon of the batter into the oil.  If it sizzles and starts to turn golden right away, the oil is ready.  It takes about 5-6 minutes on my stovetop at medium-high heat for the oil to be ready.
  • You MUST fry these in batches of 3-4 at a time for them to turn out.  Once the fritters hit the oil, it is a quick process and each batch only needs about 2 minutes total, being flipped once.  If your fritters are soggy, your oil isn’t hot enough or you are cooking too many at a time.
  • I like to do a couple of things ahead so that we can eat these right away! Go ahead and grab a baking sheet line it with two layers of paper towels or top with a wire rack.  Placing the cooked fritters on the rack keeps them crispier on the outside if that’s important to you.

photo of apple fritters on parchment paper



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Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters are a homemade mini fried cinnamon sugar donut with the best simple sweet glaze!  The perfect recipe to make at home for a 30 minute sweet treat or breakfast!
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings 20






  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, both sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the beaten egg with the milk, melted butter and vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined, do not over mix. Then, fold in the chopped apples.
  • Heat a few inches (about 2-3 Cups) of oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes or until about 350 degrees.
  • Drop the batter by 1/4 Cup per fritter into the oil, cooking only two fritters at a time. Cook each fritter for about 4 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove the cooked fritters to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining batter.
  • Allow the fritters to cool for a few minutes until cool enough to handle. Then, dunk in the glaze or drizzle over as desired.


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.



NOTE ON FRYING:  Make sure that your oil is HOT before frying.  Test using a small amount of batter and if it sizzles and turns golden right away, you're ready to fry.  Only fry 2-3 fritters at a time to ensure proper cooking.


Calories: 132kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 86mg, Potassium: 79mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 96IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. I’ve read this four times if I made this as directed I would get fritters with brown diced apples on the side? I’m going to assume you add the diced apples to the combined mixture and fry as directed ?.

    1. Hi! I’ve had someone else email me and say they aren’t seeing this also. I’m not sure what the issue could be, because I definitely see it! STEP 3: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined, do not over mix. Then, fold in the chopped apples.

      1. Hello, and thank you for all of the wonderful work you have put into this blog. It really shows and is exemplary. It helps many families, like mine, by making things just a little bit better, with reliable and delicious recipes (we love your instant pot spaghetti!). Regarding the question of a commenter above about when to add the apples——my guess is that both commenters were replying on merely having viewed your preamble to the recipe, “what are apple fritters made of,” where the inclusion of the apples is, in fact, in the picture associated to Step 3, but not written there. As you have mentioned, if one does a simple check and follows the recipe card (I always read both!), then they will notice that you have certainly mentioned this in your Step 3 there, which would have eliminated their question. LOL, as a professor, there is a shared understanding of hoping everyone reads all of the material! Just thought this clarification might be of assistance. Have a wonderful day, and thank you for making such a lovely corner on the web.