Fall is here and it’s time for everything cinnamon, pumpkin and apple! These super easy apple fritters take no time to make and are so delicious! They’re made with chunks of sweet apple, loads of cinnamon and nutmeg, and glazed with a sweet cinnamon glaze! This easy donut recipe does not use yeast so there’s no proofing time! It’s the perfect fall dessert to enjoy with a cup of coffee, making this apple donut recipe a keeper!
Ingredients for Easy Apple Fritters
I love how quick and easy this recipe is to make! Here are the main ingredients you’ll need for these super easy, glazed apple fritters:
- Apples: just about any variety of apples will work great for this recipe. I like to use firm and crispy Granny Smith apples.
- Eggs, Milk, Sugar, Flour: for making the fritter batter. Have the eggs and milk at room temperature to create a smooth batter.
- Cinnamon & Nutmeg: these spices add lots of flavor to the fritter dough and to the easy glaze.
- Cooking Oil: for deep frying the apple donuts. I typically use canola oil since it’s very mild in flavor. Make sure to use a thermometer; the oil needs to be hot!
- Confectioner’s Sugar: for making the easy cinnamon glaze.
How to Make Easy Apple Fritters
These delicious and aromatic fritters are so easy to make, you’ll be making them all season long. Here’s how I make them:
- Preparing the Apples: This fall dessert starts with sweet and crunchy apples. Just about any apple variety will work for this apple recipe! Just peel the apples first, then dice into small, pea-sized pieces. Don’t cut the apples too big, otherwise the fruit won’t have time to cook in the deep fryer.
- Making the dough: Traditional fritters are made with a soft yeast dough that takes a few hours to prepare and proof. This ‘cheat’ donut recipe is much simpler and uses baking powder instead. The result is very similar to classic yeast dough – soft, fluffy and delicious! The dough is also flavored with ground cinnamon and nutmeg for the ultimate fall flavors!
- Frying the fritters: Just drop spoonful’s of the batter into hot oil and fry to perfection. When deep frying the apple fritters, make sure the oil is hot, preheated to 350F/177C. If the oil isn’t hot enough, the dough will simply absorb the oil, making for greasy fritters. Take the fritters out of the hot oil onto a wire rack to drain any excess oil.
Easy Cinnamon Glaze
Once the fritters are fried, it’s time for the glaze! These donuts are glazed with a simple confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon glaze.
- For the glaze, simply whisk together the milk, confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized mixing bowl until the glaze is smooth.
- The glaze needs to be on the thin side; add more milk if necessary. The glaze should be on the runny side so when the apple fritters are dipped in, the glaze fills every nook and cranny!
- Place the glazed donuts onto a wire rack and allow the glaze to set and the excess to drip off.
More Recipes to Try!
Enjoyed these delicious and easy apple fritters? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Glazed Apple Fritters – these are made with a yeast dough. Super soft and fluffy, with a simple vanilla glaze!
- Glazed Peach Fritters – great for summer! Easy fried donuts dotted with peaches!
- Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls – my classic cinnamon rolls filled with apple pie filling!
- Classic Pumpkin Donuts – enjoy pumpkin donuts dusted with cinnamon sugar and filled with pumpkin whipped cream!
- Baked Apple Roses – these are so pretty and super easy to make! Sliced apples wrapped in puff pastry with apple butter!
- Sea Salt Caramel Beignets – the most delicious donuts ever, coated in cinnamon sugar. Enjoy with a homemade sea salt caramel dipping sauce!
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Super Easy Apple Fritters (video)
- 2 to 3 medium apples
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 to 8 cups canola oil, for frying
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 to 3 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Prepare the apples first. Peel them, then use a sharp knife to dice the apples into pea-sized pieces and place the diced apples in a large mixing bowl. If desired, pour a tablespoon of lemon juice over the apples to prevent browning.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla and sugar and whisk for a minute until the mixture is smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir to combine the dry ingredients, then gradually add them to the wet batter. Mix the flour into the batter just until it's incorporated; do not overmix. Fold in the diced apples with a spatula.
- Pour the frying oil into a large pot, attached a thermometer and heat over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 350F/177C. For each fritter, use approximately 1/4 cup of batter for small fritters. Fry the fritters for 5 to 6 minutes, until the donuts are a rich golden color. For larger fritters, reduce to heat to 325F/163C and increase time to 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the fried fritters onto a wire rack lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
- For the glaze, simply whisk together the milk, confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized mixing bowl until the glaze is smooth. The glaze needs to be on the thin side; add more milk if necessary.
- Allow the fritters to cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then gently roll each fritter in the prepared glaze, coating it evenly all over. Place the glazed donuts onto a wire rack and allow the glaze to set and any excess to drip off.
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