This easy Apple Fritter recipe is for deep-fried cake donuts dotted with bits of apples with cinnamon and frosted with powdered sugar glaze.
When it is apple season, we love putting apples in everything from cakes to cobblers, and of course, they need to be in donuts! We love apple cider doughnuts, but they only have apple flavoring, whereas this apple fritters recipe includes pieces of apples.
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Apple Fritter Ingredients
Make these glazed apple fritters using a simple batter with apple spices, apple cider, and diced apples for triple the apple flavor!
- Diced Apples: We used Granny Smith apples in these fritters because they are crisp and tart. You can substitute another kind of apple but choose ones that won’t turn mushy with cooked.
- Flour: An all-purpose flour works well for making apple fritter bites. If you want to use self-rising flour, omit the baking powder and salt called for in this recipe.
- Sugar: The granulated sugar adds a little sweetness to the fritters that complement the tart apples. You can use brown sugar for more flavor if you prefer.
- Baking Powder: We used baking powder for the leavener in this recipe. It takes the fritter from flat pancakes to puffy little bites.
- Spices/Seasonings: The flavor in these apple fritter bites comes from the ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt.
- Eggs: This recipe calls for two eggs which help bind the ingredients together and add volume and texture.
- Apple Cider: Rather than using water or milk, we chose apple cider for the liquid to increase the apple flavor in these fritters.
- Butter: The melted butter adds flavor, moisture, and a little fat to these apple donut bites.
- Powdered Sugar Glaze: Every good apple fritter is topped with a sweet glaze. You can find my powdered sugar glaze recipe here.
How To Make Our Easy Apple Fritter Recipe
This apple fritter recipe is so easy to make and uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! They are the perfect choice for a simple apple dessert for fall.
Dry Ingredients: Start by combining the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Mixing the dry ingredients first helps disperse the leavener and spices throughout the flour.
Wet Ingredients: Stir in the eggs, apple cider, and melted butter until combined. Avoid overstirring for the lightest fritters.
Apples: Fold the diced apples into the batter until fully coated.
Scoop: Use a dough scoop to scoop the batter and carefully put it in the hot oil.
Cooking: Deep fry the apple fritter bites until golden brown and cooked through. You can use a deep-fryer like we did, or if you don’t have one available, you can make pan fried apple fritters instead.
Frosting: Drizzle powdered sugar glaze over the apple fritters and enjoy.
Cool the leftover apple fritter bites and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
Frequently Asked Questions
A fritter is a small portion of fried dough with or without anything inside it. Fritters can be sweet, like apple fritters, or savory, like corn fritters.
Yes, an apple fritter is a type of doughnut, but it is not formed in a circle like traditional doughnuts are.
Yes, apple fritters can be made ahead of time. Once they are cooled, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
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Easy Apple Fritter Recipe
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 cup diced Granny Smith apples
- peanut oil or canola oil for frying
- ½ cup powdered sugar glaze find my recipe here
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Add the egg, apple cider, and melted butter. Stir to combine.
- Fold in the diced apples.
- Heat the oil in a deep fryer (or use a heavy pot) to 365˚F. Add several spoonfuls of batter to the hot oil. Fry for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
- Drain and then drizzle with the powdered sugar glaze.