Homemade Apple Fritters Are So Good

by Alli

I love pumpkin, I do. But as you probably know by now, I’m all about apples when it comes to favorite fall flavors. Our family has a visit to our favorite apple orchard soon but until then, I’m craving apple fritters so apple fritters it is.

Now that most of my kids have married and started families (I have a way-too-picky single son – anyone interested?), getting together for family activities can be difficult.

When planning an outing, we all throw dates out, check calendars, and rule out certain dates because of soccer, another date because of work, and so forth.

So, when we all find a date that’s good, we pounce on it and circle it in glitter and gold. Not really. We add it to our Google calendars. But you get the point.

I’ll go ahead and put this out there; these Apple Fritters are fried. I don’t eat fried foods very often, but every once in a while, I treat myself. I plan it and I make sure I don’t eat too many.

Apple Fritters are Light and Fluffy

Ever since I recommitted myself to exercising and eating right, I find myself planning my splurges.

Over the years, I would start an exercise/ eating plan and would mess up and throw it all out the window.

Now that I’m a little bit older and a little bit wiser, I’m learning all about balance and I haven’t skipped a workout in three months – not one day. That’s another post for another day and it’s coming soon. Stay tuned.

Ingredients For Homemade Apple Fritters

  • Canola Oil (for frying)
  • granulated sugar
  • apple pie spice
  • all-purpose flour
  • light brown sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • apple cider
  • 1 large egg
  • pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple

How To Make Homemade Apple Fritters

I measure and combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another before heating the oil. Then while the oil is heating, I grate the apple. Then I stir the wet ingredients and dry ingredients together and gently stir in the apple.

Combine granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice in a bowl and set aside. This is for dipping the apple fritters once they are done.

Whisk together dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Set aside.

In a Dutch oven, add 2 inches of oil. Heat oil to 350ºF.


Use a candy thermometer to make sure the oil is at 350º F.

If the gets too hot, the fritters will brown on the outside before they are done in the middle. The thermometer I use clips to the side of the Dutch oven.


Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Don’t overmix. Peel and core the Granny Smith apple. Grate 1/2 of the apple and cut the remaining half into 1/4″ cubes. Gently fold into batter.

Apple Fritters - Batter

Working in batches, drop large spoonfuls of batter into the oil. Fry, turning once, until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.

Frying the Apple Fritters

Drain for a few seconds on the cooling rack. Toss the apple fritters in the sugar/spice mixture and place them back on the cooling rack. Serve warm.

Light Fluffy Apple Fritters

Helpful Hint: I use a cookie scoop to scoop the apple fritter batter into the hot oil. This is the one I use. You can purchase it by clicking the link above.

Scooper for making apple fritters

Yield: 6 servings

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters Close Up

Apple fritters are a must-have fall dessert at my house. These fritters are so good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • Canola Oil (for frying)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple


  1. Set a cooling rack over a baking sheet.
  2. Combine granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a Dutch oven, add 2 inches oil. Heat to 350º F.
  4. Whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice in a bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together apple cider, egg and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  6. Peel and core the apple. Grate half the apple and cut the other half into 1/4" cubes. Fold into batter.
  7. Drop large spoonfuls of batter into oil, being careful not to crowd the Dutch oven. Fry, turning once, until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to cooking rack. Let cool for a few seconds and toss warm fritters in the bowl of sugar/spice mix. Transfer back to the cooling rack. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 240Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 31mgSodium 226mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 2gSugar 26gProtein 4g

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These apple fritters are so light and fluffy. I dare you to eat just one!

So, what’s your favorite fall flavor? Are you team pumpkin or team apple?


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candy October 1, 2018 - 7:50 am

If you have never experienced a nice warm apple fritter with powder sugar well you have lived. So wasy to make and they won’t last long, so very good.

Terri Steffes October 1, 2018 - 7:58 am

Your apple recipes look amazing! We are a divided house here! In September we do apples and in October we do pumpkin. This has seemed to work for us. 🙂

Amber Myers October 1, 2018 - 8:23 am

Please excuse me while I drool. These apple fritters look fabulous. I just love apple treats during the fall. I need to make these!

Jeanette October 1, 2018 - 10:13 am

Apple fritters are such a delicious treat especially in the fall. I have never attempted making them but it looks like it might be easy enough that I could do it. My mouth is watering thinking about it.

Melissa Chapman October 1, 2018 - 10:27 am

Those apple fritters are calling me, they seem so great and fried batter is always a treat. I will have to try this now that we are in apple season.

Pam October 1, 2018 - 10:35 am

Oh, I love apple fritters. They’re one of my favorite things about fall when the apples are in season. Have you tried the ones at the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge? They’re delicious1

Cindy S October 1, 2018 - 11:28 am

Oh my! I am a fritter- aholic , and these look to delish not to have to make some. Keeping our grandkids this coming weekend and these sound perfect.

Farrah less October 1, 2018 - 1:35 pm

This is what excites me the most during fall season — the dessert. I can’t wait to try and share this great recipe with my sister and friends . I personally love fritters I can eat it anytime of the day.

Tasheena October 1, 2018 - 2:49 pm

I’ve been craving apple fritters. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. I can imagine it’s so yummy.

Glenda Cates October 1, 2018 - 6:25 pm

I can’t believe it is Fall and the first day of October. But the Apple Fritters are perfect for this time of year and a new Dessert I can make for my husband for his lunch because he loves Apple Fritters.

Dennis Littley October 1, 2018 - 6:30 pm

These apple fritters look wonderful. Apple season is a delicious time of year! This recipe looks like it’s going to be one to try. Thanks!

Marysa October 1, 2018 - 9:34 pm

These look so delicious, and they would go perfect with some vanilla ice cream. I’ve never made fritters and would like to give this a try.

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations October 1, 2018 - 10:31 pm

Mmm, these apple fritters look amazing. I have tons of apples that I need to use, this will be perfect. Thanks for the recipe.

Ricci October 1, 2018 - 11:43 pm

YES to all of the apple goodies for fall!! I have never made Apple Fritters before but you make it look so easy!!

Anosa Malanga October 2, 2018 - 5:31 am

Agree with you, it is just right to treat ourselves and I guess this is a great treat. Especially during apple season this is a perfect recipe to make.

Chubskulit Rose October 2, 2018 - 8:34 am

I would love to try your recipe. I love anything with apple so this is a perfect one to make.

Vyjay Rao October 2, 2018 - 11:20 am

We love apples and everything apple. Though apples are not grown where we stay, we had a great time when-we were recently in the mountains and staying at a place that had apple trees and we could pluck apples! These fritters look so yummy and crisp, something that we need to try at home.

Rachel October 2, 2018 - 2:32 pm

I forgot about taffy apple dip! I wonder if my kids will eat it if I pack it in their lunch.

Kita Bryant October 2, 2018 - 3:28 pm

You were not kidding! I could really go for some of these today.

Madison Smith October 5, 2018 - 2:34 am

Hey Alli….! Apple is of my favorite fruit and your apple fritters looks sooo delicious & more yummy… i will try to making this in few days…Thanks for sharing…..!


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