Cinnamon Glazed Apple Fritters

Deep fried apple fritters with cinnamon and nutmeg using diced Honeycrisp apples with a sugar glaze.

These delectable apple fritters are a delicious treat that combine tender, diced Honeycrisp apples with a perfectly spiced batter made from all-purpose flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking powder, buttermilk, and applesauce, fried until golden brown in peanut or vegetable oil, and drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze made from powdered sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.


Fritter Batter

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and finely diced

Frying Oil

  • 1 quart of peanut or vegetable oil


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Prepare Fritter Batter:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, light brown sugar, white sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and baking powder. Set aside.
    • In a separate, larger mixing bowl, whisk together beaten eggs, buttermilk, and applesauce until smooth.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, whisking continuously until well combined.
    • Gently fold in diced apples to incorporate into the batter.
  2. Prepare Glaze:
    • In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Fry Fritters:
    • Heat approximately 3 inches of peanut or vegetable oil in a deep pot to 375°F (190°C).
    • Using a 1/4 or 1/3 cup (depending on desired fritter size), carefully scoop and drop batter into the hot oil.
    • Fry each fritter for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
    • Remove fritters with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Glaze & Cool:
    • After draining for a minute, transfer the fritters to a wire rack.
    • Drizzle glaze over the tops and bottoms of each fritter while still warm.
    • Allow fritters to rest and cool slightly before serving.


  • Be cautious when working with hot oil to prevent burns.
  • Adjust the amount of spices in the batter to suit your taste preferences.

Prepare the flour, brown and white sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.

Whisk together the beaten eggs, buttermilk, and applesauce in a larger mixing bowl.

Peel, core, and dice the apples in a separate bowl. Also stir together the powdered sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla extract for the glaze.

Whisk together the dry and wet mixes.

Fold in the diced apples.

Heat about 3 inches of frying oil in a deep pot to 375 degrees.

Use either a 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup depending on the desired size of your fritters to scoop batter into the oil. Fry about 2 minutes on each side until browned.

Remove with a slotted metal spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to drizzle the glaze on both sizes and rest a few minutes to let cool.