At the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant in Tennessee, they serve fritters in your bread basket and proudly display the catch-phrase, “Life is short, eat fritters first!” Whether it’s Thanksgiving or any other meal, this slogan is worth revisiting every once in a while, and these fritters are perfect for the task. Stock up on apples and apple cider at our Thanksgiving Market, November 23rd & 24th, 8am to 6pm, and whip up these fritters to celebrate fall!

Apple Fritters with Cider Glaze

Kirsten Fong
Quick, easy batter-coated sliced apples, fried until crispy and golden, topped with a glaze or simply dusted with cinnamon sugar.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 11 Fritters


  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 cups firm apples (like Granny Smith, about 2 apples) peeled, cored and diced
  • Oil for frying


  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the apple pieces.
  • Heat about 2-inches of oil in a large heavy pot to 350 to 360 degrees. Drop about ¼ cup of batter into the oil per fritter, working in batches, do not overcrowd the pot. Fry until golden and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack set over a paper towel lined baking sheet and repeat with all the batter. Serve tossed with cinnamon sugar, dusted with powdered sugar or coated in glaze.


For the Glaze: Combine 1 cup powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons apple cider and a pinch of salt. Adjust the amount of liquid until the glaze is your desired thickness. Drizzle over the fritters or dip each fritter while they’re still warm.
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