Baked Apple Fritters

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | September 23rd, 2023 | Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Best served warm from the oven, these cider glazed, baked apple fritters are the baked good you didn’t know you needed.

Homemade fritters filled with apple and topped with a cider glaze

I am not a fan of most fried foods. However, once in a blue moon I will go to a local bakery and buy donuts. If they happen to have apple fritters, I’ll add one to the assortment. When I get home, I usually will eat some of that apple fritter. In the moment of eating the fritter, I’ll enjoy its sweetness and bites of apple. Later, I’ll feel icky from it being a fried food. I don’t feel sick, but I just feel weighted down by all the heaviness of the fried food.

After a recent trip to a local bakery in Hot Springs, I went through the same steps. Find apple fritter. Eat apple fritter. Enjoy apple fritter. Feel icky. Yes, I should know better, but I do enjoy a good apple fritter, so what’s a girl supposed to do?

Homemade fritters filled with apple and topped with a cider glaze

The obvious answer: Create her own recipe for an apple fritter!

Today I have my results to share with you, and they are utterly addictive results. Fresh from the oven, these warm baked goods are worse than potato chips. You’re inclined to eat more than one.

To get these fritters to a point of perfection I went through a bunch of A/B testing with this recipe. Should the fritters be freeform or made in a muffin pan? Should the fritters have a glaze or a frosting? The final result is a freeform, glazed fritter.

Homemade fritters filled with apple and topped with a cider glaze

Take my advice: eat them right after baking. When they are warm with glaze still dripping off their edges, they are an incredible treat. I’d tell you how they are when they’ve cooled, but none of the test batches made it that far in my house.

Want another excuse to eat something sweet and made with apples for breakfast? Give these Cinnamon Apple Biscotti a try.

Homemade fritters filled with apple and topped with a cider glaze

Baked Apple Fritters

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Course Breakfast

Servings 16 fritters



  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter diced
  • 1-1/2 cups diced apple
  • 1 large egg
  • 5.3 ounce vanilla yogurt 1 single serving size container
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon



  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, stirring well.
  • Add the butter with a pastry blender, two forks, or your hands until coarse crumbs form about the size of peas.
  • Gently stir in the apples.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and egg.
  • Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and mix to combine.
  • Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter forms a ball when stirred.
  • Place a heaping tablespoon of batter on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown and fully cooked through.
  • Remove the fritters from the oven, and allow to cool for two minutes.
  • Transfer the fritters to a cooling rack with a layer of parchment paper under it.*
  • In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, apple cider, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. (The glaze should be thick.)
  • Spoon the glaze over each fritter and let it drip down the sides.
  • Eat at once. (Very messy- but worth it!)



Reuse parchment paper from baking.

Keyword baked fritters
  1. Jenn says:

    You’ve got a typo at the very end of that first paragraph: “good” instead of “food”

  2. Michele Pesula Kuegler says:

    Well, now I’m fully embarrassed. Thank you for letting me know; it’s fixed!

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