Apple Fritters

These Apple Fritters are a delicious fall breakfast recipe.  They’re perfect for making on crisp and cool fall weekends to surprise your family!

Apple Fritters

It’s almost fall, so it’s time to start acting like it! Fall means one of two things for me… either pumpkin or apples start to take over my kitchen. This year I decided that apples would be the star!

Making Apple Fritters has been high on my bucket list for a while now but the idea of frying has always intimidated me. Luckily, this recipe is one of the very best to dip your toes into the wonderful world of deep frying!  They’re so easy to make.  This recipe makes 12 fritters.  That’s just enough to get a good taste of these treats.  And it’s not so many that you’ll over-indulge!

Apples for Apple Fritters

Making batter for Apple Fritters

You’ll start by combining simple ingredients for a base batter and gently fold in finely chopped apples. Granny Smith apples tend to be the best sort of apples to use in baking and sweet treats. The tartness offsets the sweet and leaves you with a powerful apple flavor. You want to stay away from sweet varieties like Red Delicious and Honey Crisp. They tend to be on the juicy side which can throw off the balance of the batter and create a bit of a mess.

Apple Fritters

Once your batter is combined you are ready to move on to the cooking portion of this recipe. You can cook these on the stovetop in a pan with oil, but for beginners I suggest using an electric skillet (I like this one). To get the best results you want to try to keep your oil at a temperature of 375 degrees. An electric skillet has a handy switch on the side that allows you to set the temperature- which means you won’t have to worry about checking it constantly. If you decide to try these on the stovetop, just keep a kitchen deep-fry thermometer handy.

Apple Fritters in a basket

After frying, the fritters are moved to paper towels to drain off some of the oil.  Then they’re tossed with sugar.  You can choose to use either powdered sugar or a combination of granulated sugar and cinnamon (your preference!)

I love to make these on the weekends as a surprise breakfast treat for my family.  They’re delicious!

Here are a few more apple-themed breakfast treats you might enjoy:

Apple Fritters

The perfect fall breakfast recipe!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 fritters
Calories 165 kcal


  • canola oil, for frying
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup diced Granny Smith apple
  • powdered sugar or cinnamon/sugar, for rolling


  1. Heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of oil in an electric skillet or stovetop pot until it reaches 375 degrees.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and the egg. Gently stir into the dry ingredients. Fold in the diced apples.

  4. Drop heaping tablespoons of the batter into the heated oil. Cook five minutes or until golden on each side. 

  5. Remove the fritters to a stack of paper towels.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar while still warm (alternately, you can put them in a zip bag with the sugar and shake to combine).

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information on this recipe is a bit of a rough estimate– since it’s not certain how much oil or sugar each fritter absorbs.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Fritters
Amount Per Serving (1 fritter)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 48IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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