Apple Fritters - The Southern Lady Cooks

These Apple Fritters will quickly become a family favorite! We love to make these in the Fall of the year, but they are good year round. Delicious with a glaze but you can easily just sprinkle powdered sugar on them too. Spend a day at your local orchard picking apples and come home and spoil your family with these delicious fritters.

Apple fritters ingredients needed:


All-purpose flour

Brown sugar

Baking powder


Ground cinnamon




Vanilla flavoring

Oil for frying

I found that this recipe made about 8-10 fritters. I also added this powdered sugar glaze to them, which I think is the best way to enjoy them. The glaze is so easy and so good and just adds to the fritters.

I cook my fritters in hot oil, all stoves vary, so you will have to determine which works best for you. However if your fritters burn before they are done in the middle your oil is to hot.

People ask if you can use pie filling.. I haven’t tried it, but this follower did and left this comment:

“Made these for my husband, me and one of our sons, I did use apple pie filling and they were so very awesome!!! We didn’t have but a few left….had to have a nap after……thank you so much, enjoying your site so much!!”          – Linda

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Apple Fritters - The Southern Lady Cooks

Apple Fritters - The Southern Lady Cooks
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Fried Apple Fritters

The Southern Lady Cooks
Serve these for breakfast with a variety of toppings such as honey, powdered sugar, caramel sauce, syrup or whatever your family likes. We love to sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with honey
4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 10 fritters


  • 2 large apples I have used all kinds of apples for this recipe peeled, cored and chopped or cut in chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
  • Oil for frying


  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl with a whisk. Set aside. In a small bowl combine milk, eggs, vanilla, butter and beat with whisk. Combine two bowls pouring the smaller into the larger and mixing well
  • Peel, core, and cut up apples and fold into the batter. Pour enough oil into skillet to make about 1/4 inch. Heat oil and drop spoonfuls of batter into hot oil. (I use an ice cream scoop). Cook until brown on one side, flip and continue frying until both sides are good and brown.
  • Remove and drain on paper towels. Makes about 8-10 fritters depending on what size you make them.
Keyword apple fritters, homemade apple fritters
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  1. Joann Gaston says:

    I am a retired Kindergarten teacher. I made apple fritters every year with my class! I let the kids peel and chop the apples then we made the batter. They loved it as well as everyone on our wing of the building!5 stars

  2. Christine says:

    At what oil temperature do you cook the fritters? With 1/4 inch of canola oil in a 12 inch fry pan, I found they burned before cooking all the way through.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I cook my fritters in hot oil and haven’t had this issue. All stoves are different. If your fritters are burning, then it’s too hot and I would turn it down. Thanks!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I don’t usually but you could if you want. Sounds like a good idea.

  3. Do these freeze well? Thanks!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I think you could freeze them but have not tried it.

  4. Made these for my husband, me and one of our sons, I did use apple pie filling and they were so very awesome!!! We didn’t have but a few left….had to have a nap after……thank you so much, enjoying your site sooooo much!!5 stars

    1. I love apple fritters and may try these this morning. I have some apples that aren’t so crunchy anymore. Good way to use them up. Thanks for all your great recipes. I was lucky enough to get 2 of your cookbooks when they were still available.

      1. The Southern Lady says:

        So glad you got the cookbooks!

  5. Making these this morning…

  6. Thank you for this recipe ~ it sounds delish, but even better, it seems easy to do! I liked it ’cause 1) it isn’t deep fried and 2) it doesn’t use those instant biscuits. I’ve made them w/those biscuits, but it has that ‘certain taste’ I didn’t care for. I always keep apple pie filling on hand, so like Marsha W., I’m curious if that would do? I hope someone will give me a clue! Thank you, I think your page is wonderful.

      1. How much of the pie filling would you use , thanks .

      2. The Southern Lady says:

        Probably 1/2 to 3/4ths would work.

  7. Will the apples be soft if not precooked.

  8. was just wondering if apple pie filling would work in these also? even if you could use a little bit of the filling for the batter, it makes more sense to use the filling, i dont know, but i will try both, thank you for the fritter recipe. “your page is awsome” M.W.:)

  9. Splenda makes a 1/2 sugar 1/2 Splenda brown sugar mix. Maybe that would help him. I’m sure you could count the carbs on the package. Mine is diabetic too.

  10. wonderful and so easy to make5 stars

  11. Hi…I was wondering if I can make these with Splenda as my husband is a diabetic..Thanks!!

    1. Hi Iris, I don’t know if it would work with splenda because of the texture. Maybe, someone else will know and post for you.

  12. Made these for Breakfast My Husband just loved them they were great!!thank You for posting them..5 stars

  13. OMGoodness !!!!! These are wonderful !!!!!! Thank you for such a good and easy recipe.5 stars

  14. I cannot wait to try these. They sound so much like the Apple Fritters
    that the Apple House in Pigon Forge Tennessee serves with all their meals.

  15. Cora Lea Gaither says:

    I am making these soon. Sounds wonderful. I like everything you can do with an apple, except cider.

  16. I will be making these my Husband and I both love apple fritters,Thank you for the posting. I just bet your one of thoes amazing cook…

  17. Caterina Castelli says:

    Making today,,, It’s the last week of August, and yes I am pushing for the fall:) It’s a cooler day in Connecticut so it’s perfect. Can’t wait to see if the baby will eat them, she’s into trying anything new,, HERE GOES MAMA!! If they come out good, I’ll be making them all fall, with one execption, I can pick my own apples the next time around:)

  18. Must make these soon.Really anything thats apple and fried is always a great favourite. Yum.

  19. Looks really good, and I have apples ready to pick!

  20. Debbie Osborne says:

    Oh my! These are delicious!!!! I didn’t use the honey, and I cut mine in half and dipped the cut end into the powered sugar. They were gobbled up! This recipe reminds me of the apple dumplings at fairs. I didn’t put ice cream along side these, but I know it would be awesome!!! Thank you for sharing!!!5 stars

  21. ellen tinder says:

    can frozen apples work in this recipe?

    1. I have never tried them with frozen apples but I would not hesitate to do so. I feel like that would work, too. Let me know if you do it, how it worked for you. Have a great day.


  22. I like this recipe because it’s not deep fried! And we love apple fritters so will have to try it. Thanks Judy.

  23. Amazing … sounds right to me! Apple fritters are one of my favorite things, I can’t wait to try these.

  24. They do look really amazing. Never had an apple fritter… really should try them.

    1. You are in for a TREAT!!! Apple fritters are my FAVORITE doughnut! 🙂

  25. These are going to the top of my “to try” pile ~ looks delish!