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A white serving platter holding a pile of homemade apple fritters

Apple Fritters

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


These easy homemade Apple Fritters are laced with warm, cozy spices and coated in sweet vanilla glaze. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, they literally melt in your mouth!


For the Apple Fritters

  • 1 1/2 cups (195g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp (39g) sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp (80mL) milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted Challenge Butter
  • 4 1/2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored (about 34 large apples)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Glaze

  • 2 cups (230g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 36 tbsp heavy cream or milk


Make the Fritters

  1. Peel and core the apples, then chop into about 1/2 inch pieces. You’ll need about 4 1/2 cups (or 420g) of chopped apple.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a large bowl, then whisk together and set aside.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and milk to a medium sized bowl or small measuring cup. Whisk together until well combined, then pour into the dry ingredients. Gently fold everything together until mostly combined.
  4. Add the chopped apple and gently fold together until the apples are incorporated throughout.
  5. Add the melted butter and gently fold it into the batter.
  6. Heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of oil in a heavy skillet or dutch oven to 375°F using a candy thermometer to keep close track of the temperature.
  7. Use a large spoon to add the batter to the oil, spreading it out a bit as you add it to the pan. I recommend frying 2-3 fritters at a time, so that the oil can hold temperature better. The temperature will go down as you add fritters, and go up when you remove them, so keep an eye on it and try to keep it at 375°F.
  8. Cook each side of the fritter until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  9. Transfer fritters to a cooling rack with paper towels underneath and repeat making fritters until the batter is used up.

Make the Glaze

  1. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons of cream to a medium sized bowl. Whisk together until smooth and add more cream, as needed.
  2. You can either drizzle the glaze over the fritters and spread it evenly, or dip the fritters into the glaze. I recommend letting the fritters cool for about 5 minutes before adding the glaze, so it doesn’t completely melt.


  • Makes 14-16 servings.
  • I highly recommend enjoying these while they’re fresh.
  • To Store & Reheat: Place cooled fritters into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 350°F oven for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through.
  • To Freeze: Place cooled, unglazed fritters into a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating and glazing.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 181
  • Sugar: 20.4 g
  • Sodium: 159.8 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.8 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 32.6 mg

Keywords: apple donuts, apple dessert, apple fritters donut