Looking for a different delicious apple dessert recipe, then give these fritters a try!

My family loves the Cortland Apple, this is what we get every year to make apple sauce and all things apple!! It is a very old cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis apples from 1898. They are sweet, yet a little tart, very white in the middle and typically have a deep red skin. Honeycrisp apples also work well, but use your favorite of course!

This recipe makes about 12 fritters.


  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour plus a heaped ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 medium sized apples
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • ⅓ cup milk or buttermilk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice (see notes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp apple cider
  • 2 ½ tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. Pour enough frying oil of choice into a heavy pot, you want it to be about 1 ½" deep.
  2. Peel and cut up your apples into small pieces (mine were about ¼" x½"). Place in a bowl and add 1 tsp or so of lemon juice, toss to coat, this prevents browning while you do the following steps.
  3. Combine all of the dry ingredients, set aside. Combine the wet ingredients separately, set aside.
  4. Test your oil to see if it's hot enough. I just sprinkle a little flour on the top and if it bubbles away then it's ready. You want it hot but not too hot as the outsides of the fritters will be cooked before the inside. If you have a thermometer you're looking for around 375°F.
  5. Once your oil is ready turn it down to a medium heat and then combine the wet and dry ingredients, just to incorporate, don't over mix. Fold in your apples.
  6. Drop ¼ cup of the fritter mixture into the hot oil, I do 3 at a time. Flip after 2 minutes or until deep golden brown, cook the other side until done. Adjust heat accordingly. Mine took about 5-6 minutes total.
  7. To make the glaze, simply mix the ingredients together until smooth.
  8. Remove fritters from oil, drain on paper towels or wire cooling rack (with paper towels or parchment underneath to catch all of the dripping). Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy!


* The applesauce I used is some that I canned last year, we don't peel the apples prior to cooking the sauce and it gives us a beautiful pink color. It is sweetened just a little before canning and does have just a touch of cinnamon in it.

* The glaze: you can make this with all apple cider, all milk or even water if you prefer. It's very simple! You do want this to be quite runny so that it coats the fritters nicely.

* Ingredients for Apple Pie Spice:

  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 heaped tsp vanilla bean powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

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