Air Fryer Apple Fritters are filled with apple cinnamon flavor for a healthy dessert.
I am team apple when it comes to Fall flavors and apple fritters in the air fryer are one of my favorites ways to use up my extra ones.
In this post, I will show you how to make a completely homemade air fryer apple fritter, what apples are the best to use, and how to correctly store the apple fritters. You can even freeze them!
What is an Apple Fritter?
Apple fritters are typically deep-fried donuts filled with apple pieces with cinnamon flavor. They are then topped with glaze for an even sweeter taste!
This air fryer version is much healthier and is cooked without any oil, but still delivers a delicious fritter flavor! The icing adds even more cinnamon flavor for the best-tasting apple fritter you’ve had.
Looking for more sweet treats? Check out this list of 20+ Delicious Air Fryer Desserts to try!
How to Make Air Fryer Apple Fritters
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
- Dice the apples into small cubes. You can peel them if you would like, although it’s not necessary.
- Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg into a big mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
- In a second bowl, mix the butter, egg, milk, and lemon juice.
- Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
- Place the mixture in the fridge and preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees.
- Scoop the apple fritters into medium-sized balls, about 2 tablespoons big, and place in the air fryer in one layer not touching.
I like to use a medium-sized cookie scoop to make consistent sizes. I recommend using parchment paper rounds to avoid any sticking or dripping through the air fryer holes with a wetter batter.
- Cook the air fryer apple fritters for 6 to 7 minutes.
- While the apple fritters are cooking in the air fryer, put together the glaze by whisking together the confectioner’s sugar, milk, cinnamon, and just a pinch of salt for flavor in a bowl.
- Remove the apple fritters from the air fryer, top with glaze, and enjoy!
What are the Best Apples to Use for This Recipe?
I love how versatile apples are, so here are my favorites to use in this recipe. They work great in baking and taste fantastic in apple fritters.
You will find this is a very similar list to the Air Fryer Apple Slices recipe as these apples work best when baking.
- Gala (my all-time favorite apple for eating and baking)
- Granny Smith
- Honey Crisp
Tips for Making Even Fluffier Air Fryer Apple Fritters!
- Instead of using melted butter, use cold butter grated into the batter using a cheese grater.
- Refrigerate the batter for 15 minutes before air frying.
- If you can’t refrigerate them for 15 minutes, scoop them onto a cookie sheet and let refrigerate while preheating the air fryer. Since the batter will be in smaller scoops, they will get colder faster.
Do I Really Need to Use Parchment Paper Rounds to Cook These?
The short answer is no, but a batter like this can easily stick to the air fryer basket even if you’re using a nonstick basket.
To avoid sticking and the batter from edging down into the air fryer holes, you can place a simple parchment paper round to avoid the cleanup and sticking.
You can also use normal parchment paper and cut it to shape with holes inside, but I found for the price, the parchment paper rounds are completely worth the $7-10 investment.
How to Store Apple Fritters
These apple fritters will taste best when eaten fresh, but it’s completely possible to store and eat them later!
Apple fritters can be stored in the following ways:
- In a plastic airtight container for up to 3 days
- In the refrigerator, covered, for up to a week
- In the freezer for up to 3 months
- You can even store the batter in the fridge for up to 2 days before air frying them!
If saving for a special occasion, skip the glaze when storing and pour it on right after reheating the apple fritters using the directions below.
How to Reheat Apple Fritters in the Air Fryer
- Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees.
- Place the already cooked apple fritters inside the air fryer. You can put them on a parchment paper round, air fryer pizza pan, or an air fryer silicone basket to help keep your physical air fryer clean from the glaze.
- Cook for about 2-3 minutes then enjoy!
If you’re cooking the apple fritters from refrigerated, add on an extra 1-2 minutes to get them fully heated.
Other Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love:
- The Best Air Fryer Thanksgiving Recipes
- Air Fryer Baked Apples
- Air Fryer Apple Slices
- Air Fryer Apple Chips
- Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds
- Air Fryer Oreos
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cinnamon Sugar Fries
- 4-Ingredient Air Fryer Jelly Donuts
Love air frying? Join our newsletter! You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or join our free Facebook Air Frying Community.
Air Fryer Weight Watcher Points per serving: 5
Air Fryer Apple Fritters
Apple fritters are air fried and topped with a cinnamon glaze for a delicious dessert!
- 2 apples, cored and diced
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Dice the apples into small cubes and set aside. Peel them if desired.
- Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, mix the milk, butter,* egg, and lemon juice.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Stir in the apples and put mixture into the fridge for anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 days (covered).
- Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees.
- Put a parchment round on the bottom of the basket and scoop out apple fritters into 2-tablespoon balls. Place apple fritters in the air fryer and cook for 6-7 minutes.
- While cooking, whisk the confectioners sugar, milk, cinnamon, and salt together to make the glaze.
- Remove the apple fritters from the air fryer, place them on a wire rack, and immediately pour the glaze over top and enjoy!
*to make the apple fritters even fluffier, grate the butter in cold to the recipe instead of using melted butter.
How to Reheat Apple Fritters in the Air Fryer:
1. Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees.
2. Cook apple fritters for 2-3 minutes and enjoy! If cooking from refrigerated, add 1-2 additional minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.
26 thoughts on “Air Fryer Apple Fritters”
I have an Omni air fryer oven which will hold a 12 cup muffin tin. Do you think these would cook properly in a buttered tin? If so, on bake or air fry?
Hi Melissa, you could definitely try cookingt the apple fritters in a muffin tin, but the tops will get much more cooked than the bottom and the sides as it won’t get that true air frying effect. This recipe is meant for the air frying setting on the air fryer, but you could always choose bake and bake them like they were cooked in an oven instead of air frying them.
Our son bought us a air fryer, oven, toaster oven for Christmas. Can these recipes be adapted to use this appliance?
How fun! Is this an actual oven size or toaster oven size? If it’s a toaster oven-style, you can use all of these recipes on the air fry mode, use the same temperature, and occasionally you may need to add 3-5 minutes to the recipe depending on what it is. Always start by checking it at the times listed though.
These look incredible. I am getting the parchment things this week. My husband likes to buy these at the donut shop. Now we (or he?) can easily do them at home!
You can use coffee filters as well! I do
I just made these fritters in my new air fryer and they were great! I may slightly cook the apples before adding them to the mixture next time, just to make them a little softer. But I made 16 of them and they are all gone! *Hubby approves!!!
i made these this morning and they were great! the only thing i changed was that i pan fried the apples in a little butter and cinnamon JUST until they started to become translucent (another review has mentioned this as a suggestion) prior to adding to the batter. thanks for the recipe!
Can use unsweetened almond milk replace milk?
Hi Deborah, I have not tried this recipe with almond milk, but typically you can swap milk for almond milk 1:1 with no issues when baking.
Can I make these in a large French door air fryer?
Yes! It may take a few extra minutes to cook in an air fryer oven though.
Is this receipt cooked on an air fryer basket or steak type pan? My Kalorik has 4 different levels to place the pan or air fry baskets for different foods.
Are we to use the Bake mode or Air Fryer mode?
I use an air fryer basket, but you can make this on a rack air fryer as well. Just remember that some layers are closer to the heating coils than others so they will so the racks will need to be swapped around when baking or monitored closely.
Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe for the air fryer! Just made this apple fritter recipe this evening and it was so easy and the fritters and glaze turned out perfectly! They were airy and I liked the contrast of the fresh cut apple with the sweet, cinnamon glaze. This is a keeper recipe, wow :-))
Are your recipes also for an instant pot? I ordered an air fryer to go with it (on top of it) and it arrives this week.
Hi Dianna, as long as you have the air fryer lid with your Instant Pot, you can use this recipe with it!
Hi Samantha, Thank you so much for your excellent tutorial on air fryers. I was gifted one today (used) & immediately tried to find some recipes & that’s how I found YOU…My issue is that my fryer has a paddle in the centre & it revolves?.. ever heard of that? so I’m disappointed as I can’t imagine how it’s going to work unless I take out the paddle, but I don’t think I’m supposed so obviously, I can’t make certain things. It’s a T-FAL Actifry Original…
Hi Glammy, I have seen the Actifrys. I don’t recommend cooking anything in it that can’t be rotated easily, including these apple fritters. Those are more meant for fries, etc to rotate the food. I actually didn’t realize they still made those!
Apple Fritter recipe sounds delicious! I know fresh apples would be best but can you use canned apples and if so, how many cups?
Hi Melissa, since canned apples are typically cooked and softer, I don’t recommend substituting canned apples in this recipe.
I made these tonight exactly as is. I cut the apple really small too. I have already eaten 3! I’ve made air fryer cookies before but they come out gooey in the middle sometimes and these did not!! I had honey crisp apples I had to use up and really wanted an air fryer dessert. These were perfect. I need to put them away before I eat more!
One note, the glaze as is is super runny. I added more cinnamon and powdered sugar to thicken it up.
I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Kelly! You did the right thing with the glaze by adding a bit more powdered sugar to make it thicker for your liking.
Ok after reading the comments and making these I feel like I should share helpful tips. The definitely look and smell like apple fritters but don’t taste like a donut because they aren’t deep fried. It’s more like apple cake. Followed the recipe exact and because I cut the apples small pre cooking was not necessary. They took 12-13 minutes. I flipped them halfway. Grate the butter for sure. Don’t preheat with the parchment inside it will burn. Dip the donuts in the glaze (I found it too much cinnamon in that) also I made an apple crisp topping that I cooked onto them for the last couple minutes it made the dessert! Thanks for the recipe
Confused if I cook on AIR FRY or Bake in the Air Fryer?
All of my air fryer recipes use the air fry function on the air fryer for ease as not all air fryers have a bake option.