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Air-Fryer Apple Fritters

These easy air-fryer apple fritters with brown butter glaze are healthier than old-fashioned fritters, yet they are still as delicious. Plus they're made in under 30 minutes for a quick and easy air-fryer dessert! — Alyssa Castriotta, North Scituate, Rhode Island
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 min./batch
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • Cooking spray
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 medium Honey Crisp apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided


  • Line air-fryer basket with parchment (cut to fit); spritz with cooking spray. Preheat air-fryer to 410&deg.
    In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add milk, eggs, lemon juice and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; stir just until moistened. Fold in apples.
    In batches, drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls 2-in. apart onto air-fryer basket. Spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Turn fritters; continue to air-fry until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
    Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Carefully cook until butter starts to brown and foam, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Add confectioners' sugar, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to browned butter; whisk until smooth. Drizzle over fritters before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 fritter: 145 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 183mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat.

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  • jegerr
    Oct 3, 2020

    1 1/2 Cups of flour made a very runny batter. I needed to a lot more flour to get a consistency that did not run all over the parchment paper.

  • Alina
    Sep 26, 2020

    Batter is too thin and spreads across the air fryer basket. What a mess! And the taste is bland. A waste of two apples.

  • Veronica
    Sep 7, 2020

    Do you have any suggestions on egg replacement? We can't use egg due to allergies, but I would love to try these! Thank you

  • ubu
    Apr 30, 2020

    These turned out great. I did pat down the mounds of batter after I dropped it onto the parchment paper because they do puff up. The ratio of chopped apple to batter was perfect.