This Southern style glazed Apple Fritters Recipe is the only one you'll ever need. The light and fluffy batter is filled with diced Granny Smith apples and apple pie spice making it the perfect fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside apple treat.
Glazed Apple Fritters Recipe
One of our favorite family road trips is to an apple orchard which has a restaurant, Christmas shop, bakery and and ice cream shop attached to it. It's always interesting to see the staff hard at work making cider, apple pies, sweet breads and of course, apple fitters. It's simply a must that we indulge in one or more while there as it's the highlight of our apple orchard experience. Our love for apple orchard goodies inspired this recipe that we make at home to re-live those moments.
Helpful Tips for Making Apple Fritters
- I prefer Granny Smith apples for this recipe as the tartness balances the sweetness of the glaze. That said, you could use a different variety, if that's what you have available.
- When chopping the apples think about ½ inch cubes or smaller. The apples don't have to be finely chopped, but huge chunks won't work here.
- If you don't have apple pie spice you could adapt using ground cinnamon plus a dash of ground nutmeg and cardamom, instead.
- These are free form fritters and each apple fritter takes on its own shape. When dropping the batter into the oil, let the batter sort of stretch as it falls into the oil to spread out a bit. This is one of the few recipes that I don't use an ice cream scoop for.
- Monitor and maintain the oil temperature throughout frying for the best end result.
- The glaze easily doubles so over make if you'd like to dunk the fritters twice.
Other Apple Desserts to Add to the Menu
There's no shortage of ways to make apples year-round. A few other recipes you may like to try:
- Southern Fried Apples
- Stuffed Crust Skillet Apple Pie
- Cider Glazed Apple Dumplings
- Cinnamon Spice Apple Butter
- Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples
- Caramel Apple Ice Cream from Eating on a Dime
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Apple Fritters Recipe
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup buttermilk or whole milk
- 4 Tbsp salted butter melted and cooled slightly
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½-2 cups chopped and peeled Granny Smith apples (about 3 medium)
- 4-6 cups vegetable oil for frying
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup salted butter
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- To make batter: In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, apple pie spice and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, butter, vanilla and eggs until fully combined.
- Add wet to dry ingredients. Mixing by hand until fully moistened. Fold in apples. Set aside.
- To fry fritters: In a deep pot heat oil to 350-360°F. Drop fritter batter into the oil about ¼ cup at a time. Fry for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden and cooked through, turning as needed for even browning. Have nearby a pan lined with paper towels. Remove cooked fritters with a slotted spoon to pan. Try to maintain oil temperature throughout.
- To make glaze: In a medium size bowl, heat butter with milk in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir then repeat until butter has melted. Remove from microwave add vanilla and powdered sugar stirring until smooth. Dip fritters in glaze, moving to a cooling rack to dry. (May thin glaze further with 1 Tbsp warm milk at a time, if needed. Likewise, you can make glaze thicker by adding more powdered sugar)
- Once all fritters are dipped, drizzle tops with any leftover glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Store leftovers in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.