Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters

Guys, I’ve been craving apple fritters since last year. LAST YEAR. An entire year spent imagining myself biting into a sugary, slightly crispy, fall-flavor filled pastry. Like, multiple times a week. I almost caught myself drooling at my desk a few times. I think about apple fritters way more than is probably normal and it was starting to scare me a little bit. To the point where I finally sucked it up and just made my own. 100% worth it and way easier than I thought they’d be. Maybe even too easy? As in, whenever the craving hits, I might find myself back in the kitchen making more.

When I started chopping the apples for these bad boys, Chris walked by me in the kitchen and said, “wow, you’re like obsessed with apples or something right now, huh?” And the answer is yes. I cannot get enough of apple-based desserts, salads, and more. Plus, an apple sliced with peanut butter has been my snack of the moment. September is my favorite month in life and this Boston September has been one of the best yet. Seriously amazing. I was walking to my friends’ house after work last night and couldn’t get over how perfect the temperature was. I want to bottle this month up and carry it with me forever!


It is the PERFECT apple fritter weather and I suggest whipping these up with the windows open in your kitchen, so you can feel a cool breeze blowing in. If you don’t have windows in your kitchen, just step outside a couple times. When you come back in, you’ll be hit with an apple spice fragrance so lovely that you will want to bottle that up, too.

The recipe I used is from Cook’s Country… I wasn’t about to attempt my own version before I mastered the basic recipe and I figured that if anyone could teach me, it would be America’s Test Kitchen.

Apple Fritters (makes 12):
adapted from Cook’s Country
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  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 C apple cider
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3 C vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1 batch apple fritter glaze (see below)

Apple Fritters Ingredients

Any time a recipe involves frying, I feel like it sounds a whole lot more intimidating than it might be. When I’m telling you this recipe was pretty easy, I mean it!

Peeling and chopping the apples was maybe the most difficult part.

Chopped Granny Smith Apples

Here’s an important step that Cook’s Country called out, which most other recipes don’t. Place your chopped apples on a paper towel lined baking sheet and pat dry with paper towels. This will remove excess moisture from the apples, which could cause fritters do get soggy.

Chopped Granny Smith Apples Drying

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Flour Whisked

In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together cider, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.

Eggs and Cider Mixed

Stir apples into the flour mixture until they’re well-coated.

Apple Batter Mixing

Then stir the cider mixture into the flour/apple mixture until just incorporated.

Apple Batter Mixture

Now you’re ready to get your frying on! In a dutch oven, heat oil (I used canola oil) over medium-high heat until the oil temperature reaches 350 degrees F.

Using a 1/3-cup, scoop batter and transfer into the oil. The recipe recommends doing 5 at a time, but I did 3 since I was nervous about them all touching each other and sticking together. Once the batter is in the oil, press down on it lightly with the back of a spoon to flatten. I probably should have done this more.

Fry the fritters, trying your best to keep the oil at 350 degrees, and no lower than 325 degrees. You should flip the fritters after 2-3 minutes and let them fry an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side.

Apple Fritters Frying

Once golden, transfer the fritters to a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Make sure you bring the oil temperature back up to 350 degrees before adding the remaining batter to it. Let the fritters cool a bit before icing.

Apple Fritters Fried

I should mention that Chris walked into the kitchen at this point and said “ooh, fried fish?” UM. I wanted to yell, “DO YOU NOT SMELL THE DELICIOUS APPLE SPICE FRAGRANCE THROUGHOUT THIS HOUSE?!”

OK, so admittedly, these did look a little like fried fish at first… they totally need some icing.

Apple Fritter Icing:
adapted from Cook’s Country
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  •  2 C confectioner sugar
  • 1/4 C apple cider
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t groud nutmeg

Apple Fritter Glaze Ingredients

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until smooth.

Apple Fritter Glaze

Drizzle each fritter with about a tablespoon of glaze. Let glaze set for at least 10 minutes. I prefer to chill the fritters because for some reason, I love my apple fritters nice and cold!

Apple Fritters 13

These were EXACTLY what I wanted and completely satisfied my year-long craving!

Apple Fritters 2

Obviously this was my first time making apple fritters, but I’m really glad I chose the Cook’s Country recipe since these were so fantastic.

Apple Fritters 12

My favorite thing about them is that they were FULLY loaded with apples.

Apple Fritters 7

And the fact that the icing sunk into all the crevices of the fritters before it hardened. Nooks and crannies, if you will.

Apple Fritters 5

When it comes to apples, I’m very much a mac girl. But for baking, I do think granny smiths often work best. They have a knack at being sweet and tart at the same time.

Apple Fritters 9

It is SO dangerous that I now have this recipe in my repertoire. SO SO dangerous. Next time I make them, I’m thinking about some sort of caramel drizzle? But then I think I might miss the icing too much. Ahhh, such a struggle.

Apple Fritters 10

These might be my new favorite thing about fall. But honestly, there’s not much about fall food I don’t love. Apple cider doughnuts?? I need to get my hands on some of those STAT. Even candy apples make me insanely happy (my teeth? not so much).

Also, I’d like to start a petition making September last for two months. Please?

What’s your favorite fall treat?



18 Responses to "Apple Fritters"

  1. Rachel says:

    wow, these sound really great! i really need to make something with apple this weekend…so many incredible apple recipes circulating this time of year!

  2. Chelsea M. says:

    These seriously look SO good! My favorite fall treat is warm apple cider 🙂

    New post out today on breakfast burritos and Virginia vacations!

    Chowing Down by the Bay

  3. These look dangerously tempting, Sues! I’m with you on loving fall for all that beautiful flavors 🙂

  4. Damn, these look good! And I agree that this September has been perfecttttt. I don’t want it to end!

  5. I have never made fritters! I need to get on it. Love that picture of Boston. It’s seriously in my top 5 places that I would move to in a heartbeat. Don’t know how I’d handle the winters though. 😉

  6. Odetta says:

    Now I’m craving them too!

  7. Every time I watch America’s Test Kitchen I get so inspired – glad you did this!

  8. Apple fritters? YUM! These look amazing!!!

  9. I’ve always wanted to make apple fritters!! This makes me sooooo excited!

  10. Barbara says:

    Your fritters have me drooling, Sues! Nice to have some cider in the glaze, too.

  11. Megan says:

    Oh my gosh… those look awesome! Jeff requests apple cider doughnuts every year so I HAVE to make those, but maybe I can do some fritters too. Yum!

  12. Oh my gosh, these fritters look incredible! I’ve never made my own before, so I’m loving this recipe. Looks amazing!

  13. thank you for this recipe!! apple fritters are on my cooking bucketlist to finish before i (gulp) turn 30 next spring. obviously fall is the time to make them. now i have a good recipe. yayyy!

  14. Cailee says:

    What a great recipe!! This looks so good! I love all the pictures! So nice and clear! Looks delicious! 🙂 Perf for fall!

  15. Now that’s how you enjoy some apples!

  16. Susan says:

    Wow, great looking apple recipe! They look so crispy and delicious and not at all like fish 🙂

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