Easy Apple Fritters

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Quick and Easy Apple Fritters are sweet and cinnamon-y treat. Soft and tender like a pillow, loaded with apple chunks, and topped with a smooth sugar glaze.

Apple Fritters are a delicious deep-fried dessert. They have a crispy exterior that hides a light dough-like interior that holds tender juicy apples in every bite.

 

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Easy Apple Fritters

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What is an Apple Fritter?

Apple Fritters are a deep-fried dessert, consisting of batter mixed with chopped apples.

They are so perfectly sweet, with a delicious cinnamon flavor, tender and juicy apples in each bite, a crispy outside that hides the softness inside, all topped with a simple sweet glaze.

Ingredients & Variations

The recipe for Apple Fritters is very easy and straight forward, but since we are working with batter here, you have to follow the measurements exactly!

APPLES You can use your favorite apples in this recipe. I prefer Granny Smith apples because of their slight tartness and it goes very well with the overall sweetness of the fritters. I also like that they hold their texture better and don’t get mushy after being fried.

BATTER  You will need a few kitchen staples to make the batter:  flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, milk, and eggs.

OIL Canola or vegetable oil are the most common oils for frying. They leave little flavor in the finished dessert and have high smoke points which make them perfect for frying!

TOPPINGS Serve them plain, dust with powdered sugar, make a simple glaze, or roll them in a mixture of cinnamon sugar.

Let the apple fritters cool a little before adding toppings. Unless you are rolling them in cinnamon sugar, that should be done immediately after frying!

Glazed Apple Fritters on a wire cooling rack

How to Make Apple Fritters

This delicious deep-fried treat is actually quite simple to make.

  1. Prep: Combine batter ingredients and stir in chopped apples.
  2. Fry: Drop batter into hot oil using an ice cream scoop.
  3. Top: Roll in cinnamon sugar or let cool before adding other toppings.

For the most delicious flavor serve while still warm!

Glazed apple fritters with a bite out of one of them

Best Ways to Serve

Apple Fritters are delicious served warm, preferably within an hour from cooking or the same day. They will still taste good the next day, but won’t be as tender and fluffy.

To make Apple Fritters even more fun and tasty, try serving with one of these dippers!

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Apple fritters with icing and cinnamon sticks
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3.8 from 5 votes
Servings: 12 fritters
Easy Apple Fritters
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
 
Author: Catalina
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Fritters

Quick and easy apple fritters are sweet and cinnamon-y. Soft and tender like a pillow, loaded with apple chunks and topped with a sugar glaze.

Ingredients
  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and diced (2½-3 cups when diced)
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • Oil for frying
Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
or Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cinnamon powder
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and milk until fully combined.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk to fully combine. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  4. Add the chopped apples to the batter and stir to combine and fully coat the apples.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or larger skillet to 375 degrees F.

  6. Using a small ice cream scoop, drop batter into the hot oil. Don't make them too large. They will expand and you risk having the outside cooked while the middle is still raw.

  7. Fry until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes depending on the size of the fritter.
  8. Fry the fritters in batches using two forks or chopsticks to move and turn them. Watch carefully to avoid burning or overcooking on one side more than the other.

  9. Once fried, remove from the hot oil using a slotted spoon or two forks and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  10. If you decide to toss them in cinnamon sugar, do that while the fritters are still warm.
Glaze:
  1. Add sugar and vanilla to a medium bowl, add milk one tablespoon at a time and stir to combine until smooth, with no lumps. If the mixture is too thin, add more confectioners sugar. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the just slightly warm fritters. Let it settle.
Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
  1. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add warm fritters to the bowl and toss to coat.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition is calculated without the oil for frying or the cinnamon-sugar coating.

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (1fritter) — Calories: 157, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 66mg, Potassium: 160mg, Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 19g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 81%, Vitamin C: 2%, Calcium: 59%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Catalina

Catalina thinks that time in the kitchen should be fun, and we should spend less time cooking and more time eating! As a successful business woman, with a busy career on Wall Street, she develops easy weeknight meals that you can make in 30 minutes or less!. Catalina lives in the NYC metro area with her husband, who is also a great cook, and their 4 year old boy, who gladly helps in the kitchen. Catalina will inspire you to experiment with flavors, try new ingredients and create easy meals with less effort. You can visit her blog Sweet & Savory Meals for more inspiration.

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