Apple Fritters

Get ready to indulge in the sweet and delicious world of Apple Fritters! These fritters are a delightful treat, blending the tangy taste of granny smith apples with a sweet, crispy batter. Perfect for brunch or as a party snack, they’re sure to be a hit.

Why You Will Love These Apple Fritters:

  1. Delicious Flavor: The combination of granny smith apples with cinnamon and allspice creates a delightful taste.
  2. Perfect Texture: They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  3. Versatile Treat: Ideal for brunch, parties, or as a sweet snack.
  4. Customizable: Can adjust the level of sweetness with the glaze.
  5. Gluten-Free Option: Made with 1:1 GF flour, suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
  6. Easy to Make: Simple instructions and common kitchen items needed.
  7. Great for Sharing: The recipe makes enough to serve a small group.
  8. Enjoyable Cooking Experience: Frying and glazing these fritters can be a fun and rewarding kitchen activity.

Ingredients Needed To Make Apple Fritters

  1. Flour: This forms the base of the fritter batter, and 1:1 Gluten Free or All Purpose Flour can be used.
  2. Brown Sugar & Sugar: Provides sweetness to the batter, complementing the tartness of the apples.
  3. Allspice & Cinnamon: Adds warm, spicy notes that pair perfectly with apple flavors.
  4. Baking Powder: Helps the fritters puff up and become light and airy when fried.
  5. Applesauce: Adds moisture and subtle apple flavor to the batter.
  6. Eggs: Bind the ingredients together and contribute to the texture.
  7. Milk: Thins the batter to the right consistency and adds richness.
  8. Granny Smith Apples: Their tartness contrasts well with the sweet batter, and they hold up well when fried.
  9. Vegetable Oil: Used for frying, it cooks the fritters to a perfect golden brown.
  10. Powdered Sugar: Creates a sweet and smooth glaze.
  11. Milk: Adjusts the consistency of the glaze.

Variations & Substitutions

  1. Flour:
    • Substitute GF flour with all-purpose flour if gluten isn’t a concern.
    • For a healthier twist, use whole wheat flour (note that this may alter the texture).
  2. Sugar:
    • Replace white sugar with coconut sugar or honey for a different sweetness profile.
    • Reduce the sugar if you prefer less sweetness.
  3. Spices:
    • Experiment with spices like nutmeg or ginger for a different flavor profile.
    • Use pumpkin spice mix for a fall-themed variation.
  4. Applesauce:
    • Replace applesauce with mashed banana or pumpkin puree for a different moisture and flavor element.
  5. Eggs:
    • For a vegan version, use flax eggs (1 tbsp flaxseed meal with 2.5 tbsp water per egg).
  6. Milk:
    • Almond milk, soy milk, or other plant-based milks can be used for a dairy-free version.
    • Buttermilk can be used for a richer taste.
  7. Apples:
    • Try different apple varieties like Fuji or Honeycrisp for varying levels of sweetness and tartness.
    • Pears or peaches can be used for a different fruit flavor.
  8. Vegetable Oil:
    • Canola oil, peanut oil, or coconut oil are good substitutes for frying.
  9. Glaze:
    • For a citrus twist, add lemon or orange zest to the glaze.
    • Maple syrup can be used instead of milk for a maple-flavored glaze.
  10. Add-Ins:
    • Mix in chopped nuts or raisins to the batter for added texture.
    • Add a cream cheese filling for a richer fritter.

How To Make Apple Fritters

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and baking powder.
  2. Combine Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix applesauce, eggs, and milk.
  3. Combine Mixtures: Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Add Apples: Fold in the diced apples.
  5. Prepare Oil: In a deep pot, add about 2 inches of vegetable oil and heat to approximately 300-325°F.
  6. Form Fritters: Using a 1 1/2″ ice cream scoop, scoop the batter and carefully place each fritter into the hot oil. Press down slightly with a fork. Avoid overcrowding the pot.
  7. Fry the Fritters: Fry each fritter for about 3-4 minutes per side until they are a darker golden brown.
  8. Drain Excess Oil: Remove the fritters and place them on a paper towel to drain.
  9. Make the Glaze: Mix powdered sugar with milk until smooth. Adjust milk quantity for desired consistency.
  10. Glaze Fritters: Place the fritters on a wire rack and pour the glaze over them.

Commonly Asked Questions

We know you have questions, and we’re here to answer them!

Can I bake these apple fritters instead of frying?

While frying gives them the classic texture, you can bake them for a healthier option. The texture will be different – more like a muffin or baked doughnut.

How do I know when the oil is the right temperature for frying?

A cooking thermometer is the best way to check. The oil should be around 300-325°F. Alternatively, you can test it by dropping a small piece of batter in; if it sizzles and comes to the surface, the oil is ready.

Can I use a different type of apple?

Absolutely! While Granny Smith apples are popular for their tartness, you can use any type of apple you prefer. Sweeter apples like Honeycrisp or Gala will give a different flavor profile.

What’s the best way to store apple fritters?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature if consuming within a day. For longer storage, keep them in the refrigerator, but they’re best enjoyed fresh.

Can I freeze apple fritters?

Yes, they can be frozen. Wrap them individually and freeze. Thaw and reheat in the oven for the best texture.

How can I make the fritters gluten-free?

Use a gluten-free flour blend in place of regular flour to make them gluten-free. Ensure that all other ingredients are gluten-free.

Can I reduce the sugar in the recipe?

You can reduce the sugar slightly, but it may affect the final taste and texture. The sugar also helps create a nice golden crust when frying.

How can I ensure my fritters are cooked evenly?

Don’t overcrowd the pan, and make sure to flip the fritters halfway through cooking. Keep the oil at a consistent temperature.

Can I add additional spices to the batter?

Yes, feel free to experiment with spices like nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom for different flavors.

Is there a dairy-free alternative for the milk in the glaze?

You can use any plant-based milk like almond, soy, or oat milk for a dairy-free glaze.

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters are so good! They are the perfect treat for brunch and parties.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 fritters
Calories: 144kcal


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • Deep Pot
  • Wire rack
  • Ice Cream Scooper


  • 1 1/3 cup 1.1 F flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup of diced apple remove skin/core. My favorite apple is granny smith
  • for these fritters
  • vegetable oil


  • In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl add the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the dry mix to the wet mix and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add in the diced apples and set aside.
  • In a deep pot add 2″ of vegetable oil.
  • Place over medium heat and heat up to approx. 300-325 degrees.
  • Using an ice cream scoop to create equal size fritters. I used a 1 1/2″ scoop.
  • Once the oil is heated up, add a scooped fritter, one at a time.
  • Use a fork to press the top down slightly.
  • You can add multiple fritters to the pot but add one at a time and avoid overcrowding the pan.
  • Flip the fritter after 3-4 minutes (it should be darker golden brown).
  • Let cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar + 2-3 tbsp milk.
  • Mix until smooth; more milk may be needed to achieve the right consistency.
  • Place the fritters on a wire rack and glaze the fritters. Enjoy!


Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg
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