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Air Fryer Apple Fritters

Air Fryer Apple Fritters are filled with apple cinnamon flavor for a healthy dessert.

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Air Fryer Apple Fritters on a wire rack with a white mug

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!

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Apple Fritters (split in half and in air fryer)

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.

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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.

Chopped apples on a cutting board with full apples, a knife, and air fryer in background
  • 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.
Air Fryer Apple Fritter mixture in a clear bowl with spoon
  • 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.
Apple Fritters in Air Fryer Uncooked with parchment paper round on bottom
  • 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 my Air Fryer Apple Slices recipe and Air Fryer Apple Crisp recipe as these apples work best when baking.

  • Gala (my all-time favorite apple for eating and baking)
  • Granny Smith
  • Honey Crisp
Air Fryer Apple Fritters on wire rack with one cut in half

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.

Learn more about using parchment paper in an air fryer here.

Air Fryer Apple Fritters on a wire rack with coffee in a white mug

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.

Closeup of Air Fryer Apple Fritter cut open

How to Reheat Apple Fritters in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 320 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Air Fryer Apple Fritters on a wire rack with a white mug

Air Fryer Apple Fritters

Samantha Erb
Apple fritters are air fried and topped with a cinnamon glaze for a delicious dessert!
4.40 from 145 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Air Fryer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Cinnamon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • 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!

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Notes

*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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 166mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8g
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29 thoughts on “Air Fryer Apple Fritters”

  1. Apple Fritter recipe sounds delicious! I know fresh apples would be best but can you use canned apples and if so, how many cups?

    Reply
    • Hi Melissa, since canned apples are typically cooked and softer, I don’t recommend substituting canned apples in this recipe.

  2. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

  3. 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

    Reply
    • Agreed. I tried them because I just got an air fryer and was curious to see what you can do with it. I used pear because I didn’t have apples. They almost shouldn’t be called fritters because they’re really nothing like a doughnut. They’re good, everyone enjoys them, but they’re like little cakes, not fritters.

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