Baked Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters with Vanilla Glaze

The Spruce / Ozoz Sokoh

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 12 pieces
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
208 Calories
7g Fat
31g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 495mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 155mg 12%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 92mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These baked apple fritters are delicious for breakfast, snacking, gifts, and fall celebrations. A combination of biscuit and scone dough with apples and cinnamon, they capture the essence of fall in soft, crunchy, sweet, warming bites.

They're lovely plain, but you can finish with powdered sugar or glaze them. Either way, you'll be glad you made and baked them.


  • 3 1/4 cups self-rising flour

  • 3 heaping tablespoons brown sugar, divided equally

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, divided equally

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or fine sea salt

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) frozen or very cold unsalted butter

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 medium sweet apple, cored and cut into chunks (such as Gala, about 1 cup)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • Vanilla glaze, or confectioners' sugar, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Apple Fritters ingredients

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  2. Heat the oven to 400 F/205 C/Gas 6 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Line baking sheet with parchment paper

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  3. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add half of the sugar, half of the cinnamon powder, baking powder and salt. Stir well to combine.

    Combine flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking powder and salt

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  4. Grate the butter into the flour with a box grater.

    Grate the butter into the flour

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  5. Rub until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    Rub until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs

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  6. Make a well in the center and with a table knife, stir in the beaten eggs, lemon zest and milk, stirring until the dough comes together. It should be soft, lightly sticky but pliable. If it's dry, add more milk by the tablespoon till it comes together.

    Make a well in the center

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  7. Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and knead lightly until just smooth. Gently roll out into a round shape, about 3/4-inch thickness.

    knead lightly and roll out into a round shape

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  8. Divide dough into 8 'biscuit' pieces. An easy way to split this dough circle, first cut in half, then quarters, and finally eighths.

    Divide dough into 8 'biscuit' pieces

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  9. Cut each piece of 'biscuit' up, into 10 to 12 pieces.

    Cut each piece into 10 to 12 pieces

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  10. In a large bowl, combine the cut up biscuit dough with the rest of the sugar, rest of the cinnamon powder, and chopped apple. Mix gently to evenly distribute the ingredients.

    Mix dough with rest of the sugar, cinnamon powder, and chopped apple

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  11. Scoop the dough with a 1/4 cup for each fritter and place on your lined baking sheet. Gently press each fritter together, about 3-inches.

    Scoop the dough and place on parchment lined baking sheet

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  12. Brush the fritters with the melted butter.

    Brush the fritters with the melted butter

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  13. Bake in the center of the oven until golden, well-risen and cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes.

    Bake in the center of the oven until golden

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  14. Remove and let cool on the tray for about 10 minutes. These fritters are great plain, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or top them with vanilla glaze. Enjoy!   

    Baked Apple Fritters Recipe

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    Recipe Variations

    • You could use store-bought biscuit dough instead of making your own.
    • Whole wheat flour works well, just reduce the quantity by 1/4 cup, so you use 3 cups and add 1/4 cup more milk because it absorbs more liquid. You might need to bake for 5 to 7 minutes longer.
    • Switch up the spices. Pumpkin spice, chai spices, or any of your fall favorites would work.
    • If you fancy it, add some nuts. Almonds, pecans, and walnuts would work well.
    • Swap the apples for pears or a use a mixture of both.
    • Try a cream cheese glaze.