Air-Fryer Apple Fritters

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min./batch

Makes

15 servings

Updated: Dec. 31, 2023
These air-fryer apple fritters are 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

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Cooking spray
  • BROWNED BUTTER GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk

Directions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 410°. 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.
  2. Line air-fryer basket with parchment (cut to fit); spritz with cooking spray. In batches, drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment. Spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Turn fritters; continue to air-fry until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Carefully cook until butter starts to brown and foam, about 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.
Air-Fryer Apple Fritters Tips

What are the best apples for apple fritters?

Personal preferences vary, but in general, the best apples for fritters have a good balance between sweetness and tartness. We like Honeycrisp apples for their crisp sweetness, which intensifies as they cook. Like apples for pie, Braeburn, Jonagold or Pink Lady apples also work great for apple fritters.

How do you store air-fryer apple fritters?

Store apple fritters in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days or up to week in the refrigerator. For long-term storage, let the fritters cool completely before packing them into a freezer-safe bag or container, and freeze in a single layer for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw the frozen apple fritters in the refrigerator overnight.

How do you reheat air-fryer apple fritters?

Leftover apple fritters can turn out a little soggy, especially if they are chilled in the fridge, so we recommend reheating them before serving. Pop them in the microwave and heat in 15 second increments, or like other air-fryer recipes, crisp them in the air fryer. Simply preheat to 370°F and cook the fritters for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they’re heated through and lightly crispy on the outside.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

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: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.