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Homemade Apple Fritters are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside filled with sweet and tart apple chunks. The vanilla glaze is the icing on the cake.. or fritter. 🙂 

homemade apple fritters

Homemade Apple Fritters

Making your apple fritters isn’t as difficult as you may think. While yes, a lot of donuts require an extensive amount of work or waiting time; fritters are significantly less time-consuming! 

With a freshly made apple fritter batter, and a deep enough pot full of oil, you can have several hot and ready apple fritters ready to eat in no time. If you can make a pancake batter, you can make the fritter batter. Both are pretty similar, only this one will be slightly thicker.

If you’d like to try another donut variety, check out my homemade donut recipe!

homemade apple fritters, finished

What are the ingredients in these apple fritters?

You’ll notice the simplicity of these ingredients and may even be surprised to find that most (if not all!) are already in your pantry!

For the fritter batter you will need:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk
  • Peeled and Diced Apples

For the Glaze you will need:

  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk or Water

Don’t forget you’ll also need a good amount of oil for frying the donuts! I use canola oil. 🙂

You can find specific ingredient measurements and the steps in the recipe card down below!

How to make apple fritter donuts

Using a hand mixer, combine melted butter, sugar and eggs until they are smooth. 

In a sperate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

butter, sugar, eggs, flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a bowl

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix some more. The batter will be very thick. While mixing with the electric mixer, slowly add in the milk until combined.

Fold in the diced apple chunks.

diced apples with the batter

Once you have made the batter, heat your oil in a deep skillet until it reaches 340-350 degrees. It is important to wait until after the batter has been made to heat the oil or else the oil tends to get too hot and then the fritters will burn. Learn from my mistake. 😉

Using an instant-read thermometer can help you to determine your oil temps. You want the oil to be at the right temperature before placing your batter in, this way you can know that your donuts are cooking correctly. My favorite instant read thermometer is my Thermapen MK4

Using a ¼ measuring cup, drop your batter into the hot and ready oil and frying each side until it is golden brown. You can check to make sure that the inside of the fritter is correctly cooked by inserting a toothpick. If the toothpick shows, the insides aren’t fully cooked, place the fritter back into the oil and continue cooking.

Repeat the process until all of the fritter batter has been used and then get started on the delicious glaze.

To make the glaze, just place the ingredients in a bowl and beat it until its smooth and creamy. Then drop spoonfuls over the donuts to coat them.

homemade apple fritters

How long do apple fritters last?

Apple fritter donuts can last up to two days when adequately stored on your counter and could last even longer in your fridge or freezer if you seal them in an airtight container. This being said, everyone knows that fresh donuts are better than the older ones, so I do recommend eating them when they’re still warm and fluffy.

Can you reheat apple fritters?

Let’s say you decided to freeze some uneaten fritters for later, and now you want to relive the glorious moments of eating the fresh ones. You’ll want it warmed up, right? Good news, apple fritters can be reheated! Placing them in a microwave for about 15 seconds should have them hot and ready, but as soon as they start cooling down, you may notice them getting chewy. 

To avoid this, you can also choose to reheat them in your toaster oven or under a broiler; this will crisp them back up and keep them tasting fresh.

apple fritter pin image

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Homemade Apple Fritters

Homemade Apple Fritters are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside filled with sweet and tart apple chunks. The vanilla glaze is the icing on the cake.. or fritter. 🙂 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 fritters


Fritter Batter

  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk


  • With a hand mixer combine the melted butter, sugar and eggs until smooth.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add to the egg mixture. Batter will be thick.
  • Use the hand mixer and add in the milk, this will thin the batter quite a bit. 
  • Fold in the diced apples.
  • Heat the oil in a deep skillet until it reaches 340-350°.
  • Drop 1/4 cup batter into the hot oil and fry on each side until brown. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • To make the glaze, beat all ingredients together until smooth. Spoon the glaze onto each fried fritter.


You can check the inside of the fritter by inserting a toothpick. If the inside still isn't cooked through, return to the oil. Having undercooked fritters can mean that your oil is too hot.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
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