How to make quick and easy homemade apple fritters from scratch. A simple apple batter fried in oil and topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or vanilla glaze. Can be dipped in homemade creme anglaise or pastry cream. A festive Fall dessert.

Apple Fritters

How to make quick and easy homemade apple fritters from scratch. Plus an Apple Cider Bar with all of the fixings. 

Course Dessert or Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple fritters
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Author Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter Melted
  • 2 1/2 cups Apples peeled, cored, and chopped small (approximately 3 Granny Smith or Honeycrisp)
  • Cooking Oil enough to fill pan a few inches


  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Vanilla Bean Glaze powdered sugar, milk, vanilla bean


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Add buttermilk, whole milk, eggs, and melted butter. Stir.
  3. Fold in peeled and chopped apples.
  4. Heat several inches of canola oil over medium-low heat. When it gets hot, drop a little drop of batter into the oil. If it sizzles immediately and rises to the top, the oil is ready; if it burns quickly, turn down the heat. If you are using a thermometer, the oil should be at approximately 340 degrees.
  5. Drop small teaspoons of apple fritter batter into the hot oil, about 5 or 6 at a time. Watch them carefully and turn after 1-2 minutes. Cook until golden brown and batter is cooked through -- about 3-4 minutes, depending on how hot the oil is in the pan.
  6. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Dust with powdered sugar, or dip fritters in a cinnamon sugar or vanilla bean glaze (made with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla bean). May dunk in homemade creme anglaise sauce or pastry cream.
  7. Serve warm.