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A Bite of Nostalgia: Homemade Apple Fritters

Ah, apple fritters...those golden pillows of fried dough, studded with tender apples and drizzled with a sweet glaze, have the magical ability to transport us back to cherished memories. From family vacations and county fairs to the warm aroma wafting from a local bakery, apple fritters hold a special place in our hearts (and stomachs!).

This recipe captures the essence of those fond memories, allowing you to recreate these delightful treats in your own kitchen.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • A Taste of Home: These apple fritters are bursting with flavor and nostalgia. The simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps make them perfect for creating new happy memories with your loved ones.
  • Perfectly Balanced: The combination of fluffy, spiced batter, tender apples, and a sweet glaze is pure heaven.
  • Customizable Cravings: Feel free to adjust the spice level of the batter to your preference. You can also experiment with different apple varieties to discover your favorite flavor combination.


  • Fritter Batter:

    • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • ⅓ cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 tablespoons applesauce
    • 2 large Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • Frying Magic:

    • Canola oil for frying
  • Sweet Glaze:

    • 2 cups powdered confectioners' sugar
    • ¼ cup milk
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare the Stage: Set the scene for fritter-making success by placing cooling racks over baking sheets lined with wax paper. This will allow the fritters to drain after frying.

  2. Dry Ingredients Unite: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. This dry mixture forms the base of your fritter batter.

  3. Wet Ingredients Join the Party: Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and applesauce. Pour this wet mixture into the well in the dry ingredients.

  4. Gently Does It: Using a spoon or spatula, gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix! Overmixing can lead to tough fritters.

  5. Apple Incorporation: Finally, fold the diced apples into the batter. The apples should be evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

  6. Heating Up the Fun: In a large Dutch oven, cast-iron skillet, or deep fryer, heat canola oil to a temperature of 375°F (190°C). Using a candy thermometer is recommended to ensure the oil reaches and maintains the correct temperature.

  7. Frying to Golden Perfection: Once the oil is hot, carefully drop about ¼ cup of batter per fritter into the hot oil. You can use a spoon or an ice cream scoop to portion the batter. As you drop the batter, gently spread it out slightly to form a round fritter shape.

  8. Golden Goodness: Fry the fritters for approximately 2 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

  9. Drain the Excess: Using a slotted spoon, remove the fried fritters from the oil and transfer them to the prepared cooling racks lined with paper towels. This allows the excess oil to drain.

  10. Glaze the Glory: While the fritters are still warm, prepare the glaze. In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and pourable.

  11. The Sweet Finishing Touch: One by one, dunk each fritter into the glaze, coating both sides evenly. Let the excess glaze drip off before placing the fritter back on the cooling rack to set.

  12. A Bite of Memory: Once the glaze has set, your homemade apple fritters are ready to enjoy! Take a bite and savor the taste of nostalgia, warm memories, and pure deliciousness.


  • Don't overcrowd the pan when frying the fritters. This will help them cook evenly and maintain the oil temperature.
  • A cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven is ideal for maintaining the oil temperature.
  • Try to keep the oil temperature around 375°F (190°C). It will drop slightly when you add the batter, so adjust the heat as needed.
  • Store leftover cooled fritters loosely wrapped in paper towels in a brown paper bag at room temperature.