Last updated on September 26th, 2022 at 05:24 pm
Apple Fritters are sweet and juicy on the inside and lightly crisp, topped with a delicious maple glaze on the outside. With fresh apples, cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg, this recipe is the perfect fall treat. And these are not just desserts, they are great for breakfast cuisine as well. If you love apple fritters and do not feel like going to the donut shop, then this delicious recipe is for you.
Another way to enjoy apple season is with these Air Fryer Apple Blooms with caramel sauce, Granny Smith apples, and brown sugar. Instead of apples, try this Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters recipe made from fresh zucchini, Italian herbs, and dill. Serve these apple fritters for breakfast with our Mini Pancakes (or Silver Dollars) with creamy yogurt and berries.
The fritter is thought to go back to the 1800s when European market vendors started making fried fritters in all flavors and shapes. They were typically made with a batter filled with pieces of fruit or vegetables depending on whether you wanted them sweet or savory.
Although some say the apple fritter began with Martha Washington in the 1700s, others claim they have evidence of these tasty snacks as far back as a thousand years ago with the Native Americans.
When you make apple fritters, apples are the most important ingredient so make sure they are fresh and crisp. These homemade apple fritters are absolutely delicious any time of the year but make a perfect Halloween treat or a nice dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner. This is a great recipe because it is so fast and easy with very little prep time.
Looking for more apple recipes? This Irish apple cake topped with creamy custard sauce is amazing. And this instant pot apple cake is soft and moist, infused with the warm flavors of orange and cinnamon. If you need something different for dinner, try our apple cider-braised cabbage with bacon, garlic, and onions.
To make this easy apple fritters recipe, gather the ingredients listed below. Then, scroll down to our recipe card for complete instructions and exact measurements when you are ready to begin.
- Granny Smith apples
- Large eggs: At room temperature.
- Melted butter: Cooled.
- Fresh lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Ground cinnamon
- Baking powder: Not baking soda.
- Ground ginger
- Brown sugar: Light or dark brown sugar are both fine for this recipe.
- Vegetable oil: For frying apple fritters.
- Maple syrup
- Confectioner’s sugar: Or powdered sugar.
- Vanilla extract
How to make apple fritters from scratch?
- Dice the apples: To begin, dice the apples into one-inch pieces and toss them in a medium bowl with lemon zest and lemon juice to keep them from browning and add extra flavor.
- Mix the wet ingredients: Then, in a medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, and milk.
- Make the flour mixture: In another medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients including ginger, nutmeg, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, sugar, and flour.
- Combine and add apples: After, add the dry ingredients to the large bowl with the wet ingredients and mix to make the apple fritter batter. It should resemble a loose dough when it is ready. Then, fold in the diced apples.
- Add the oil: Next, pour three to four cups of oil into a frying pan or large saucepan. You need to have three to four inches of oil. Turn the stovetop to medium heat and heat oil until the oil temp reaches 375 degrees F with an instant-read or candy thermometer.
- Fry the fritters: Now, use a quarter-cup measuring cup to drop the apple fritter batter into the hot oil. Fry it until the outside is golden brown and then flip it and cook until that side is golden brown. It should take about four to five minutes. To check for doneness, a paring knife should come out clean when stuck into the center. If not, cook another minute until the middle is cooked. The time depends on the size of your apple fritters. Continue with the remaining batter.
- Cool the fritters: Last, transfer fritters with a slotted spoon to a cooling rack lined with paper towels or a paper towel-lined plate. Let them cool completely before adding the glaze.
- Make the glaze: While you wait for the apple fritters to cool, mix the syrup, vanilla, powdered sugar, and two teaspoons of milk. Continue to add more milk one teaspoon at a time until it is thick enough to drizzle.
- Glaze and serve: Finally, drizzle the glaze over the cooled fritters and let them dry before serving.
How to make oven baked apple fritters from scratch?
- Preheat oven: To begin, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Dice apples: While you wait, dice apples into one-inch bite-sized pieces and toss them with lemon juice and zest in a medium bowl.
- Mix dry ingredients: Then, whisk the salt, flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Make the batter: After, combine the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients in the large bowl to make the batter. Add chopped apples and mix well.
- Bake fritters: Using a measuring cup, drop batter by 1/4-cups onto the baking sheet. Put them in the oven and bake for 11 to 13 minutes. The top should be golden brown.
- Cool: Next, move your apple fritters to a paper towel on top of a cooling rack while you make the glaze.
- Prepare the glaze: To make the glaze, mix the syrup, vanilla, powdered sugar, and two tablespoons of milk. Continue to add milk by tablespoons until it is the right consistency.
- Serve: Lastly, drizzle some glaze over the top of the cooled apple fritters and let them dry before serving them.
How to serve:
These homemade apple fritters can be served at any time no matter the season but fall is apple season, so they are perfect to make for fall. Try one of our great serving tips or scroll down to our recipe notes for more info.
- Top with fruit jam or preserves. Or try a spoonful of our tangy and sweet strawberry sauce.
- Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top of warm apple fritters right after adding the glaze for even more sweetness.
- Another way to serve these delicious homemade apple fritters is with a dollop of whipped cream. Try our easy recipe for whipped cream.
- If you serve these for breakfast, you could also top them with a heaping spoonful of yogurt.
- For a sweeter dessert, add a scoop of ice cream on top. Our peaches and cream ice cream recipe would be perfect.
- Make these into Halloween treats. Use orange food coloring gel in the glaze and decorate them with candy to make eyes, a nose, and a mouth for a sweet pumpkin fritter.
- Serve these with apple cider or try our boozy apple cider mimosa recipe.
- Top with nuts and raisins or some other dried fruit.
Frequently asked questions
What kind of apples are best for this apple fritter recipe?
This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples because they are tart and firm, so they stand up to high heat from deep-frying. Honey crisp apples are also a good choice, and the name tells you why; because they are crisp enough for cooking at a high temperature. Other apples you can try are Fuji, Winesap, Gala, and Red Delicious.
Are these better to make in the air fryer?
Everyone knows that fried foods are frowned upon by many but having them once in a while as a treat is not going to hurt anyone. However, you can use the air fryer to make them instead of hot oil.
Simply line your air fryer basket with parchment paper and brush it lightly with oil. Then, drop the batter by measuring cup or spoon into the basket and cook for four minutes on each side. Try our simple recipe for air fryer apple fritters.
Do I have to peel my apples first?
We chose to peel our apples first because the skin can change the texture and flavor of the fritters. However, if you like eating apples with the skin on them, the peel will not hurt you and you will get more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Since these apples are chopped small, the apple peel will likely not change the taste at all.
What are the nutrition facts in this recipe?
Each serving contains 275 calories and 18 grams of fat with 10 grams of saturated fat. You also get 35 carbs, 37 milligrams of cholesterol, and 169 milligrams of sodium. On the other hand, they also have 90 milligrams of potassium, 3 grams of fiber, 73 grams of calcium, 1 milligram of iron, 5 milligrams of vitamin C, and 90 units of vitamin A.
Deep-fried apple fritters are delicious but may be a bit high in fat. However, as long as you do not eat them all the time, you should be okay. Even better, cut the fritters in half or make them smaller for half the fat and calories. Or you could use whole wheat flour or low-fat milk and leave the glaze off.
How to store leftovers:
- Store: Keep your apple fritters in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for two days at room temperature or one week in the refrigerator.
- Freeze: You can also store apple fritters for up to three months in the freezer.
- Thaw: Remember to put these homemade apple fritters in the fridge to thaw overnight before serving for best results.
- Reheat: The best way to reheat these apple fritters is by cooking them for eight minutes in the oven set at 350 degrees F. You could also microwave them for 30 to 60 seconds, but they won’t be as crispy.
More apple recipes:
Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze
- 4 cups apples (peeled and diced - about 2-3 honeycrisp or granny smith apples)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted cooled to room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or maple extract)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2-3 teaspoons milk
Make the fritters:
- Add the diced apples to a large bowl and add lemon juice and zest, toss to combine.
- In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, and add the milk, vanilla, and cooled melted butter. Whisk until combined.
- In another medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ground ginger.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well until a loose dough forms.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold in the diced apples.
- Fill a deep frying pan or saucepan with about 3-4 cups of oil, you will need 3-4 inches of oil so measure and see.
- Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 375°F, check with an instant-read thermometer.
- Use a measuring 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup to scoop and drop the batter into the oil. Fry until the outside is golden brown. Use forks to flip and fry on the other side until golden brown, for a total of about 4-5 minutes.
- If you pinch the fritter in the center with a small sharp knife it should come out clean. If not, fry a little longer.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried fritters to a paper towel-lined cooling rack and let them fully cool before adding the glaze.
- Repeat with the remaining batter.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, and 2 teaspoons of milk, and stir until smooth.
- If needed, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. The glaze should be thick but drizzly.
- Drizzle the glaze over the cooled fritters and let dry before serving.