Homemade air fryer apple fritters are deliciously crispy, filled with sweet apples, and dripping with melt-in-your-mouth apple cider glaze. These are totally bakery-worthy and so easy to make at home!
Why you’ll love it: These are warm apple fritters that aren’t deep fried. You can’t beat it!
How long it takes: 25 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: air fryer, cooling rack, mixing bowl
Servings: makes 12 small fritters
- 1 Recipe Overview
- 2 Easy Air Fryer Apple Fritters
- 3 Why You’ll Love This Apple Fritter Recipe
- 4 Ingredients You’ll Need
- 5 What Are the Best Apples for Apple Fritters?
- 6 How To Make Air Fryer Apple Fritters
- 7 FAQs
- 8 Make This Apple Fritter Recipe Your Own
- 9 What to Serve with Apple Fritters
- 10 Storage Tips
- 11 Leftover Love
- 12 More Apple Recipes
- 13 Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Apple Fritters
Easy Air Fryer Apple Fritters
Air fryer apple fritters are an addictive finger-licking fall treat. My family totally loves these apple fritters and I’m sure yours will, too. These apple fritters are about to become a seasonal favorite, right up there with my apple-packed cider muffins.
My apple fritter recipe has all the richness, flavor, and spice of your favorite old-fashioned bakery fritters, minus the deep-frying. The air fryer makes it SO easy (and far less messy) to enjoy these sweet treats any day of the week.
Why You’ll Love This Apple Fritter Recipe
- Soft on the inside, crisp on the outside. Air fryer apple fritters aren’t an exact copycat of their doughnut-style cousins. They’re soft inside and crisp on top, like a muffin top smothered in delicious apple cider glaze, and super irresistible.
- Easy to make. The batter for these apple fritters is SO easy. It’s basically a quick bread.
- Filled with apple flavor. These fritters are filled with nice-sized chunks of real apples and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Like biting into a pocket full of fall sunshine!
- Less greasy. Air frying makes the whole fritter-frying process much quicker and far less greasy than if you were to deep-fry them in oil, like old-fashioned apple fritters.
Ingredients You’ll Need
I’ll run through the recipe here and give you some extra helpful tips. As always, look for the printable recipe card near the end of the post with complete instructions and nutrition information.
- Apples – Any firm apple will work. I like Gala or Honeycrisp apples.
- Apple Cider – For even more apple flavor in your fritters! I recommend using a non-fermented cider, or apple juice also works. You’ll also add apple cider to the glaze.
- All-Purpose Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Salt, and Vanilla
- Cinnamon and Nutmeg – Warm spices that pair perfectly with apples. Apple pie spice blend also works well in this recipe, or you can use only cinnamon if you happen to be out of nutmeg.
- Milk and Eggs – Use non-dairy milk if you prefer.
- Powdered Sugar – For a smooth glaze flavored with apple cider, vanilla, and cinnamon.
What Are the Best Apples for Apple Fritters?
The best apples for apple fritters are firm baking apples, like the kind you’d use to make apple crisp or apple pie. My favorites are Gala apples or Honeycrisp for their sweetness. Granny Smith also work if you prefer a more tart apple.
How To Make Air Fryer Apple Fritters
Fun fact: The word fritter is taken from the Latin word “frictura” which means “to fry.” I wonder if there’s a word in Latin for “air fry”?! Because that’s what we’re about to do:
- Prep the air fryer. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit into the air fryer. The fritter batter is very soft, and the paper keeps the batter from falling through the rack. Lightly spray the parchment with nonstick spray.
- Make the fritter batter. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, apple cider, and vanilla. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and gently blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold in the chopped apple. That’s it!
- Portion out the batter. Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto the parchment paper. You may have to fry the fritters in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer. A light spritz of nonstick spray helps the fritters crisp up.
- Cook. Air fry the fritters at 400ºF for 6 minutes, flip, and fry for 4 more minutes. While the fritters are baking, make a simple glaze using powdered sugar, apple cider, cinnamon, and vanilla.
- Add the glaze. Dip the fritters into the glaze and let them dry on a wire rack until the glaze hardens a bit.
While fritters and donuts are usually deep-fried, a donut is shaped before frying, while a fritter is more free-form. A fritter consists of filling that is folded right into the batter, then fried. There are savory fritters (vegetable, bean, or meat) and sweet fritters, like this apple fritter recipe.
Cook your fritters in batches and make sure to leave enough space between them inside the air fryer. Your fritters need the hot air to circulate in order to crisp up. Overcrowding the air fryer will lead to steamed, soggy fritters.
Make This Apple Fritter Recipe Your Own
Looking for ways to get creative with homemade fritters? Try these easy variation ideas:
- Bake the fritters. Don’t have an air fryer? No problem, you can bake these in the oven, too. The recipe card has baking instructions. Or try my apple spice cake!
- Try different fruits. Substitute cut-up peaches, apricots, or plums for the apples, or stir in blueberries or raspberries.
- Make savory fritters. Try vegetable fritters instead of sweet apple fritters. They’re packed with zucchini, sweet bell pepper, carrots, and feta cheese.
What to Serve with Apple Fritters
Air fryer apple fritters are a snack to look forward to or a welcome addition to breakfast or brunch! Serve them with coffee or tea alongside a bowl of yogurt with granola. These cozy apple fritters are also the perfect accompaniment to hot mulled cider or an apple cider mocktail, or just plain ice-cold glass of milk.
You can serve your apple fritters a la mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce never hurts, either!). Or, go all-in on the apple theme and top your fritters with whipped cream and homemade apple compote.
- To Store. Like any bakery treat, apple fritters are best eaten the same day you make them. If you have leftovers, store them in a tightly covered container on the counter for up to 2 days and reheat them before serving. To reheat apple fritters in the air fryer, place the fritters back into the fryer at 400ºF and warm them for a couple of minutes, then enjoy!
- Freezer. You can freeze these apple fritters for up to 3 months. Make sure they’re cooled completely, and then store them airtight. Defrost your fritters in the fridge uncovered before reheating in the air fryer for best results.
Make an apple fritter sundae! These are a huge hit during apple season in our house. Crumble leftover apple fritters into a bowl, and then top with your favorite ice cream and caramel sauce for an over-the-top dessert.
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup apple cider
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Line the bottom of the air fryer basket with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine milk, apple cider, eggs, and vanilla. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Toss dry ingredients together a little before stirring into wet ingredients. Do not overmix. Fold in apples.
- Using an ice cream scoop or two tablespoons, drop batter, making 3 or 4 fritters at a time, into air fryer. Spritz with more nonstick cooking spray.
- Cook at 400ºF for 6 minutes, flip, and cook for additional 4 minutes or until golden brown.
- While the fritters cook, make the glaze. In a medium sized bowl, combine glaze ingredients, stirring until smooth.
- Remove fritters to cooling rack placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Dip the fritters individually in the glaze, using two forks to hold them. Place glazed fritters back on cooling rack to finish cooling and for glaze to set.
- Yield depends on size of fritters.
- Baking instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Scoop batter onto greased baking sheet (or line with parchment paper) and bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Glaze as directed.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.