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Air Fryer Apple Fritters

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These air fryer apple fritters are laced with apples, cinnamon spice, and everything nice. The recipe is from scratch but very easy to make. You don’t need yeast because these fritters come together like a quick bread or muffin recipe.

You can make these with sweet or tart apples to suit your taste, then top them with a tangy apple cider glaze to bring out more apple flavor. You’re going to love how fast and easy it is to make this air fryer apple fritter dessert!

Close up photo of a apple fritter baked in the air fryer.

Can you fry fritters in the air fryer?

Of course, you can! Didn’t the photo above prove it to you already!? You get bonus points for this dessert since you don’t have to fry in a big vat of grease. Skip the extra calories and the mess by making apple fritters in the air fryer.

What is an apple fritter?

An apple fritter is a type of pastry dough, like a donut, that is mixed with chopped apples then deep-fried in hot oil. Once they are finished cooking, they are then glazed with sweet, sugary icing. They are basically a type of apple donut and my favorite!

You can make apple fritters with yeast dough or with an easy, quick leavened dough. I’m giving you a recipe for the latter so you don’t have to wait for the yeast to rise. If you can whip up brownies or banana bread then you can make these fritters.

Just because apple fritters have fruit in them doesn’t make them healthy. But we are making a slightly healthier version of these fried apple donuts by using the air fryer.

Not only does the air fryer give these fritters a healthier spin, but you also don’t have to turn on your oven or waist a gallon of oil. Baking from scratch has never been easier. Just like these air fryer chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, the air fryer will deliver some amazing desserts.

Overhead photo of apple fritters just out of the air fryer.

What goes in air fryer apple fritters?

  • Apples. Two large apples are all you need.
  • Flour. Use all-purpose flour, not self-rising flour.
  • Sugar. Regular old fashioned granulated sugar.
  • Baking powder. This is the leavener that helps the dough rise quickly.
  • Salt. Regular table salt.
  • Spices. This recipe uses cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • Apple cider. You can use apple juice as well.
  • Eggs. The eggs help with moisture, structure, and texture.
  • Butter. The butter helps give them a tender texture and great flavor.
  • Vanilla. Just a splash of vanilla makes a big difference with the flavor.

When the fritters are finished cooking in the air fryer, they get coated in an apple cider glaze that gives them an extra boost of apple flavor.

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Fresh apple fritters on a cooling rack.

Best apples for apple fritters:

You can use your favorite eating apple in this recipe. We used Granny Smith apples because we love the tart flavor, but you can use a sweeter apple if you like. Try out some Pink Lady or Honeycrisp apples if you want more sweet and less tart.

The important thing is to make sure they are crisp and fresh. The apples will seep out some moisture into the dough and can make your fritters soggy. We took a tip from Cooks Country to prevent soggy fritters. Just dry the chopped apples in a kitchen towel before you add them to the dough.

How long will apple fritters keep?

Like any baked good, these fritters will dry out in just a few days. If you keep them in an airtight container they can last for 5 to 7 days. The longer you store them, the dryer they will get. If you pop them in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds, it will soften them up a bit. You could also stick them back in the air fryer for about 30 seconds before eating them.

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Close up photo of a apple fritter baked in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Apple Fritters

Yield: 12 to 14 apple fritters
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Skip the mess of deep fat frying and make apple fritters in the air fryer. These fritters are made with a fast leavened batter that does not use yeast. Mix the batter and bake them right away. The apple cider glaze gives these apple fritters so much apple flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 large apples
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Cider Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Peel and core the apples. Chop into 1/4 inch pieces. Spread the apple pieces out on a kitchen towel and pat the moisture off. 
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a bowl. Stir the apples into the flour. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the apple cider, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture. 
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F. Place a piece of parchment paper or a silicone mat down into the bottom of the air fryer basket.
  5. Use an ice cream scooper to scoop 3 to 4 dollops of fritter dough into the air fryer.
  6. Spray the tops of the fritters with oil. Cook for 6 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 4 minutes. 

Glaze:

  1. Whisk the powdered sugar, apple cider, and spices together until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the apple fritters. Let sit for 10 minutes until the glaze sets. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Roberta

Monday 1st of February 2021

Delicious! Great with coffee or evening snack.The fritters were soft and airy inside with a slight crunch on the outside.I too didn't have apple cider or juice. I did have apple cider vinegar which I cut with orange juice. I used only the orange juice in the glaze. I will be making again, possibly with the apple cider... or not😀.

Joshua Boquist

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Roberta, good idea to adapt and use orange juice for the glaze. I am happy you cut the apple cider vinegar, otherwise, it might not taste right ;) Thank you for the comment!

Mary K

Saturday 16th of January 2021

Made these this morning and they tasted great but were really flat. Not sure what I did wrong. Ended up skipping the air fryer and using muffin tin in the oven.

Joshua Boquist

Monday 18th of January 2021

Mary, thank you for the comment! The baking powder should help the apple fritters to rise. You can test to see if your baking powder is still good by adding a teaspoon of it to a cup of hot water. If it bubbles, it is still good. Expired baking powder could be one possible culprit.

Tim

Monday 11th of January 2021

Seems like no one has apple cider laying around. I didn’t either, so I stirred some of last summer’s strawberry jam into water to thin it and used that. Probably wasn’t as tart, but the end result turned out delicious. Also, instead of drizzling icing over the fritters I used powdered sugar and spices and coated the warm fritters in a bag of it, more like powdered sugar donuts than iced. All in all I’m glad I found this recipe, thanks!

Joshua Boquist

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Hey Tim! I think you hit the nail on the head, it definitely isn't something I keep in my house often. Great idea to supplement the apple cider with jam and water. I am happy you enjoyed it!

Geraldine

Saturday 12th of December 2020

I made the apple fritter for a breakfast treat to eat with my coffee this morning. I never thought using that much apple cider vinegar would taste so good. Thanks for this recipe!

Joshua Boquist

Monday 14th of December 2020

Geraldine, thank you for the comment. I am happy they turned out well. The recipe actually calls for apple cider, not apple cider vinegar. You aren't the only one who has done that! I will need to make that more clear in the recipe because, for some, the apple cider vinegar may be too strong.

Gigi

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Great recipe. Didn’t have Apple cider/juice, so used 7-Up. Delicious!

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Great idea! 7-Up sounds delicious! Thanks for the comment

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