Crunchy Apple Fritters with Cinnamon Syrup

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Apples are such an amazing fruit.  They are delicious, crunchy, juicy, and so healthy they have their own popularized adage (an apple a day keeps the doctor away).  They are also amazing in desserts!

One of my favorite apple desserts has to be apple fritters.  I don’t mean an overly sweetened doughnut with little pieces of apples.  I like more of a play on traditional fritters, which provide a wonderful balance between tasting the fruit and having dessert.  Traditional apple fritters are basically slices of apples battered and fried.  I have created an extra crunchy panko crusted pan-fried version, topped with a delicious cinnamon syrup.  These fritters are unique, crunchy, delicious, and you can really taste the apple.  Happy September everyone 🙂

Baked Apple Fritters

8 to 10 fritters


  • 2 apples (sweeter varieties work well, like Fuji apples)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese style bread crumbs)
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon (not used all at once)
  • 5 Tbsp sugar (not used all at once)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • neutral oil for pan frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Mix together 3 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, remaining cinnamon and sugar, and salt, until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs, until combined.
  • Fill a third container with panko.
  • Peel the apples and slice in 1/4 inch thick slices (you can core the apples before you slice them, or use a knife to cut out the seeds and core from each slice).
  • Set up a dredging station in this order: apples slices, flour mixture, milk-egg mixture, panko, and an empty plate.
  • Preheat the oil over medium heat. Place enough oil to completely cover the bottom of the fritters and part of the sides (I use an enameled cast iron 5 qt braiser, which takes 1 cup of oil).
  • Follow these steps to prepare your apples for frying (one apple at a time): 1. Place in the flour mixture to get a light dusting ; 2. Dunk in the egg-milk mixture; 3. Place back in the flour mixture, coating well; 4. Dunk once more in the egg mixture.; 5. Finally, place in the panko, coating well. Repeat with the remaining apple slices.
  • Once the oil is pre-heated, place the apples in and fry until golden brown on each side. When the apples are done, remove with a slotted spoon and place on a couple of paper towels to catch the excess grease. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture generously all over.
  • Syrup
  • Add all of the ingredients to a pot (I use stainless) over medium heat. Stir as needed until it comes to a boil. Let it continue to boil for about 2 minutes, watching it closely and stirring as needed (turn down heat if needed).
  • Drizzle the fritters with syrup and enjoy!
  • Notes

    #1 Serve these fritters with a scoop of ice cream on top, or even a little whipped cream!

    #2 Serve the apple fritters for brunch or as a breakfast treat.

    #3 Store the left-over syrup in the fridge for other yummy uses. It should hold up for several days or more. Warm before using.

    #4 Refrigerate any left over fritters for up to a couple of days.

    28 Responses to“Crunchy Apple Fritters with Cinnamon Syrup”

    1. 09/10/2015 at 9:23 am #

      These sound so different than usual apple fritters and really yummy!

        09/10/2015 at 9:58 am #

        Thanks Lynn! They are a little different and very crunchy. I am a big fan of crunchy 🙂

    2. skd
      09/10/2015 at 9:39 am #

      Delicious idea👍

        09/10/2015 at 9:59 am #

        Thank you 😀

    3. 09/10/2015 at 10:16 am #

      These look great. Thanks!

        09/10/2015 at 10:18 am #

        Thanks Lynda 😀

    4. 09/10/2015 at 11:00 am #


        09/10/2015 at 11:33 am #

        Thanks Swapna!

    5. 09/10/2015 at 1:45 pm #

      I did a bit of a comedy double take when I saw this recipe as I was scrolling down my feed! These sound AMAZING! I’m a big fan of all things coated in breadcrumbs and fried, but when you add apple and cinnamon into the mix – well you just blew my mind! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

        09/10/2015 at 4:15 pm #

        Too funny! Thank you for the kind words. I hope you enjoy them, and I completely agree with you on frying with breadcrumbs…the crunch is amazing! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    6. 09/10/2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Love the use of panko. I love the extra crunch idea. Definitely something my boys would go for. I will have to remember this after our next apple picking adventure.

        09/10/2015 at 4:17 pm #

        Thanks Gretchen! I love extra crunch especially when you pair it with something juicy like an apple. I hope you have a chance to try them and that your boys like them 😀

    7. Sandhya
      09/10/2015 at 4:01 pm #

      Antonia, thank you for this recipe. I have never made apple fritters but will surely make them now!

        09/10/2015 at 4:18 pm #

        You’re welcome Sandhya 🙂 I hope you enjoy them!

    8. 09/13/2015 at 10:40 pm #

      love panko crumbs but have never used them in anything but fishcakes! Love this idea.

        09/14/2015 at 8:08 am #

        I love them too. They add such a great crunch, and are delicious with the apples and cinnamon 🙂 Thank you!

    9. 09/14/2015 at 12:01 am #

      Grt way to give apple for kids..I should try this

        09/14/2015 at 8:10 am #

        They are definitely a fun way to give apples to kids. My little ones really enjoyed them. I hope you get a chance to try them Vidya 🙂

    10. 09/23/2015 at 5:54 am #

      It looks yummy, gonna try this one of these days 🙂

        09/23/2015 at 8:14 am #

        Thanks Arlene! I hope you have a chance to try it 🙂

    11. 10/01/2015 at 11:09 am #

      A new twist on apple fritters? I’m in. These look great.

        10/01/2015 at 11:27 am #

        Thank you! I hope you get a chance to try them 🙂

    12. 04/06/2016 at 9:46 am #

      Your apple fritters look absolutely stunning & ooh so smashing too!
      I love that yummy dipping sauce too! 🙂

        04/06/2016 at 11:22 am #

        Thanks Sophie! I love that you can taste the fruit in it. You are just making my day 😀

    13. skd
      10/13/2016 at 12:35 pm #

      These fritters look absolutely fantastic. Apple and cinnamon are such an amazing combination. Thank you for sharing ☺

        10/13/2016 at 4:00 pm #

        Thank you Ana, that is so sweet of you 😀 It really is a wonderful combo!

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