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Air-Fryer Apple Fritters

An air fryer makes these easy apple fritters healthier than old-fashioned fritters, yet they are still just as delicious. They're a quick and easy dessert that includes a scrumptious brown butter glaze! —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
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 medium Honeycrisp apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk


  • 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 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, 1 tablespoon milk and remaining 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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  • Pamela
    Jan 22, 2021

    With the flour and fruit, etc., how is the exchange just 1 fat? There should be at least 1 starch!

  • ehretsj
    Dec 17, 2020

    After reading the reviews I made sure to put the parchment paper in with the fritters on them, as well as I gradually added in the milk. I had no problems! We like them. The icing is what makes them I think. They would be bland without them.

  • Linda
    Nov 17, 2020

    Our fryer only went to 400, so had to adjust cook time, glaze needed a little extra milk, otherwise it looked like oatmeal. Taste was fine. Do not put parchment paper in before preheating.

  • Fran
    Oct 25, 2020

    Like a caramel apple treat! I’m glad I didn’t let myself get scared off by the negative reviews. I preheated the air fryer empty and only put the parchment in with the fritters. I made the following substitutions, only because it’s what I had in the house. I used Apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice, brown sugar instead of white sugar, and half & half instead of 2% milk. I used 2 medium apples and 1 small Apple. I ended up adding an extra splash of milk to the frosting to get it to my desired consistency. Everyone in the family asked for seconds!

  • Mark
    Oct 17, 2020

    That was a was a was of time and ingredients. SAFETY tip: never, ever, recommend that you put parchment in the fryer basket, spritz with oil, and preheat. The paper gets sucked up by the fan into the heating element and catches fire! Ask me how I know! After I aired out the house and cleaned up, I stupidly tried again. I wound up with one big runny pancake that was brown on the outside but raw in the middle. On a minor note, the recipe says nothing about how much vanilla to add to the batter. It assumes you make the glaze first and that you should use the "remaining vanilla." Horrible experience, and one that could have been tragic.

  • 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.