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Apple Fritters Recipe (VIDEO)

Warm Apple Fritters are a treat during apple season and they are ready in just 30 minutes. The batter has a secret ingredient the produces a fluffy coating that’s crisp on the outside and soft inside. Imagine Glazed Donuts stuffed with an apple ring.

My kids love homemade apple fritters and there are never any leftovers. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to make apple fritter rings at home.

Apple fritters covered with cinnamon sugar on a plate

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We love apple recipes from classic Apple Pie to flaky Apple Turnovers. If you are a fan of apple desserts, this Apple Fritter Recipe is a must-try!

Apple Fritters Video Tutorial

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What are Apple Fritters?

Apple fritters are essentially apple donuts; apples dipped in a simple batter and deep-fried in oil. If you prefer, you can chop up apples into small pieces and spoon mounds of apple fritter batter into the oil to make clusters of apple fritters. We love to fry them as Apple Fritter Rings because they look like donuts – super cute, easier to eat, and they are less likely to fall apart in the oil.

Center of an apple fritter ring

Ingredients for Apple Fritters

  • Apples – select crisp, sweet-tart apples such as golden delicious, Granny Smith, honey crisp.
  • Lemon juice – squeezed over the apples to prevent browning
  • Flour – all-purpose flour works great
  • Sugar – lightly sweetens the batter
  • Baking powder – makes the batter rise
  • Salt – balances the sweetness of the fritters
  • Milk – any fat content; from 1% to whole milk
  • Butter – creates a tender dough
  • Egg – use 1 egg yolk then fold in 2 beaten egg whites to make the batter extra fluffy
  • Oil – any high heat frying oil such as canola, vegetable oil, or peanut oil.
Ingredients for making apple fritter rings

The Best Apple Peeler

If you love apple recipes, we highly recommend using an apple peeler. It will save you a ton of time and effort. It peels, cores, and slices your apples into perfect 1/4″-thick rings and there is no waste. We love this tool for Apple Pie, Apple Crisp, and it makes Apple Sauce super fast to prepare.

Apple peeler with an apple

How to Make the Batter

  1. Whisk dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Wet ingredients – in a second bowl, whisk milk, 1 yolk, and melted butter.
  3. Combine – add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
  4. Beat egg whites – beat 2 whites until stiff peaks form, but the mixture is not overly dry.
  5. Fold egg whites into the batter using a spatula just until combined.
Step by step how to make apple fritter batter

How to Make Apple Fritter Rings

  1. Pour 2-3 inches of oil into a pot over medium/high heat until it reaches 375˚ F.
  2. Peel, core, and slice apples into 1/4″ thick rings (use an apple peeler to save time). Transfer to a bowl and toss with 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice.
  3. Dip apple rings into batter, letting excess drip back into the bowl. Fry about 5 fritters at a time for 2 minutes per side until browned, flipping once.
  4. Remove fritters from oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel lined tray. Roll in cinnamon sugar or dust in powdered sugar to serve.

Pro Tip: Be sure to keep the oil above 350˚ F while frying so the fritters don’t absorb too much oil. A clip-on pot thermometer helps with maintaining the proper oil temperature.

Step by step how to fry apple fritters

Common Questions

What kind of thermometer is best for frying?

You can use an inexpensive clip-on thermometer or get a versatile thermometer like Thermoworks brand which can be used for the oven, grill, and pretty much any project.

When are apple fritters done cooking?

Fry for about 2 minutes per side. The fritters should be a deep golden brown to ensure a crisp exterior. If they are browning too quickly, reduce the heat and vice versa.

Can I Make this in a deep fryer?

Yes, you can definitely use a deep fryer with the same temperature settings and timings.

Can I use an air fryer?

Because the batter is very wet, it doesn’t lend itself well to be air-fried. Apple fritters do reheat and re-crisp really well in an air fryer.

Stack of apple fritter rings dusted with powdered sugar

How to Serve Apple Fritters

Serve apple fritter rings warm with your favorite toppings or coatings.

  • Cinnamon sugar – combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Roll apple fritters in mixture to coat both sides.
  • Powdered sugar – dust warm fritters with powdered sugar just before serving.
  • Glazed – drizzle with the lemon glaze that we used on our Blueberry Muffins.
Cinnamon sugar coated apple fritter

Apple fritters are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Make this a new tradition to create beautiful food memories with your loved ones.

child eating apple fritter

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Apple Fritters Recipe

4.96 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Apple Fritters served on a plate

Apple Fritters are essentially fried donuts stuffed with apples. These apple fritter rings are great rolled in cinnamon sugar, dusted with powdered sugar, or drizzled with a lemon glaze.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: apple fritter rings, apple fritters
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 127
Servings: 25 fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk, 1% or whole milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted (unsalted or salted)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4” rings
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice, juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 2 to 3 inches Canola oil , or vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

  2. In a second large bowl, whisk together milk, egg yolk and melted butter. Gradually add the flour mixture into your wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.

  3. Pour 2 to 3 inches of oil into a large pot or dutch oven and heat over medium/high heat to 375˚F on a thermometer.

  4. Peel core and slice apples into 1/4”-thick rings and place into a shallow dish. Squeeze lemon juice over apple slices and use your hands to gently toss apple rings to coat with lemon juice (this will prevent browning).

  5. In a medium bowl, beat 2 egg whites with an electric hand mixer, egg beaters or a whisk until stiff peaks form, but whites are not dry. If you over-beat, it will be difficult to blend. Use a spatula to gently fold whites into the batter until fully incorporated.

  6. Remove apple slices one at a time from the lemon juice, allowing any excess juice to drip back into the bowl then dip both sides of the apple in batter to fully coat, allowing excess batter to drip back into the bowl.
  7. Fry in hot oil batches in a single layer (5 or 6 at a time to avoid crowding), frying for about 2 minutes per side or until browned, flipping once. Keep oil above 350˚F while frying.

  8. Remove with a strainer and transfer fritters to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil. To serve, dust with powdered sugar or dip both sides in cinnamon sugar.*

Recipe Notes

*To make cinnamon sugar: whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. 
Note on Nutrition Information: nutrition label is for 1 fritter and is an estimate only as it is difficult to get an exact amount of oil absorbed. Nutrition is calculated before any toppings or coatings are added. 

Nutrition Facts
Apple Fritters Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 53IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Andi
    November 9, 2021

    This is a great recipe! We picked apples last weekend and I remembered seeing your video for this recipe. My husband not only liked them, he LOVED them. He ate 5 before dinner! He couldn’t help himself because they’re so yummy. We have some dietary restrictions so I made them dairy free with soy milk and plant based butter. Absolutely delicious!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 9, 2021

      Wow, that’s really wonderful! Thanks for sharing that with us, Andi. I’m happy that your husband enjoyed these apple fritters. Thanks for your review.

      Reply

  • harriet
    November 6, 2021

    Hello, I want to make these but I dont want to have a leftover egg yolk…..
    Could I use 1 whole egg if I half the recipe? I presume the recipe would just be a bit richer?!
    Thanks

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 8, 2021

      Hi Harriet, I honestly haven’t tested that to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Rachel
    October 17, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I only have jazz apples at the moment. Can that work for this recipe?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 18, 2021

      Hi Rachel, I haven’t tested those specifically but that may work! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    October 2, 2021

    Great recipe!

    Reply

  • Taryn Bell
    October 1, 2021

    Thank you Natasha! I love all of your recipes and enjoy your videos so much. These apple fritters were delicious!

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    • Natasha
      October 1, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful and inspiring feedback. I’m so glad you loved the apple fritters.

      Reply

  • Kate P
    September 29, 2021

    Normally I don’t comment unless I’ve made a recipe, but I watched the video for these apple fritters and Natasha, you are just so delightful and fun to watch! Thanks for being so real and goofy in a cute way!! Love your recipes, they always work for me! Will have to try these fritters out this weekend:)

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 29, 2021

      Aww, thank you, Kate! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my videos! I can’t wait for you to try these fritters!

      Reply

  • Aselia
    September 27, 2021

    Can you make Sweet Delight Cheesecakes copycat recipes and Nothing Bundt Cakes copycat recipes please? Also could you try and make a cheesecake batter ice cream, like maybe trying to create a formula that is made with cheesecake batter? Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 27, 2021

      Hi, I haven’t tried either of those recipes yet, but thanks for the suggestion.

      Reply

      • Aselia
        September 27, 2021

        Ok. Also how long is your list of recipes because i have suggestions that i gave you about 5 months ago and you still haven’t done the recipes for them?

        Reply

        • Natasha
          September 27, 2021

          Hi Aselia, it’s quite long and not every recipe makes it on our channel but whenever I develop something that is worth sharing, I will definitely do so.

          Reply

          • Aselia
            September 27, 2021

            ok. Thanks!

  • Cyndi
    September 26, 2021

    Absolutely fantastic! Super easy to make.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 26, 2021

      Glad you enjoyed this new recipe, Cyndi!

      Reply

      • Oksana
        September 27, 2021

        I’ve been wanting to try apple fritters for a long time. Do you think I can use another sort of apples? I don’t have granny smith apples now but I want to do then tonight😂

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 27, 2021

          Hi Oksana, we prefer it with these but yes, it will work with other apples also!

          Reply

  • Annette Dollenmayer
    September 26, 2021

    These were so good! Tested recipe today. Yum! Did have a question: I noticed that at first the batter did not stick well. Made sure I dried the lemon juice off before I slipped them into the batter and they did fabulous! Just my experience with them. Also, I didn’t use quite all the apples, but I think they were just big! Natasha, your recipes never fail to deliver. Thank you so much

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 27, 2021

      Thank you so much for that lovely review and compliment, Annette! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes!

      Reply

  • Carol Keller
    September 26, 2021

    Natasha I need your help. They came out delicious, but we’re not as fluffy as yours. I folded in the beaten egg whites but I didn’t get that donut puff or air between apple and dough. Can you send me a comment? Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 27, 2021

      Hi Carol, did you make sure to add the baking powder and make sure your baking powder is not expired?

      Reply

    • Kara Rainville
      October 3, 2021

      I had the same issue. They’re delicious, but sort of flat. Baking powder not expired and I made sure the oil stayed hot. Will try again.

      Reply

      • Natasha
        October 3, 2021

        Hi Kara, was your oil hot enough when the fritters were added? I suggest a thermometer to check the temperature for the easiest frying and best results. Also, make sure to beat and add the whites which helps with the puffing and avoid making any substitutions before trying the recipe as written. P.S. double check that you weren’t accidentally using baking soda instead of baking powder.

        Reply

  • Paola Zuffinetti
    September 26, 2021

    Thanks, Ms Natasha!
    Just looking at these apple fritters makes me feel like making them as soon as possible. Recipe to be stored and treasured, as usual. The pastel is superb.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 26, 2021

      Hello Paola, I hope you can try this recipe too. Please update us on how it goes.

      Reply

  • Becky
    September 25, 2021

    These are so easy and delicious! Thank you for the recipe…now to get an apple corer/peeler like I grew up with 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 26, 2021

      Sounds like a good plan! Thanks for sharing your feedback with us, Becky.

      Reply

  • Barb
    September 25, 2021

    Those look terrific! Will make them tomorrow.

    Reply

  • Celine
    September 25, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    Love all your recipes and can’t wait to try this one! Have a question: can we prepare the batter ahead of time and put it in the fridge, like the night before? Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      September 25, 2021

      Hi Celine, I haven’t tested this as a make-ahead batter, but I think it would work to cover and refrigerate ahead of time. It may not be quite as fluffy since you might lose the puffiness of the egg white.

      Reply

  • Sendini Perera
    September 24, 2021

    Natasha, How can I store these If I have leftovers?

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    • Natasha
      September 25, 2021

      Hi Sendini, Let them cool to room temperature then cover loosely and re-warm in the air fryer or in a toaster oven. They are also tasty at room temperature. Make sure you wait to add the sugar coatings until ready to serve.

      Reply

  • Beth
    September 24, 2021

    These look and sound scrumptious. The kids and I are going to make these this weekend. I can’t wait. I can almost taste them now.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2021

      I can’t wait for you to make them! I look forward to your feedback! Happy Weekend!

      Reply

  • Toni
    September 24, 2021

    My kids loved these apple fritters! They were easy to make and so good!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we parents make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Karen
    September 24, 2021

    Hi Natasha
    I was just wondering what to make with apples that I have and came across your recipe in email and can’t wait to try this one. Must have been reading my mind. Thanks!😊❤

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2021

      I hope you love it, Karen! This is one of my personal favorites!

      Reply

  • Kara
    September 24, 2021

    I rolled them in powdered sugar mixed with cinnamon. Oh my goodness, they are so yummy!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2021

      So good! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

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