Apple Fritter Rings

These Apple Fritter Rings are a fun spin on the popular donut shop Apple Fritter. Like a sweet apple version of an onion ring!

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sweet’N Low® (2 packets) , or 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • splash of vanilla
  • 4 large apples
  • vegetable oil, for frying

For the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sweet’N Low® (6 packets) , or 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Line a baking sheet with paper towels; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, Sweet’N Low, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Add in the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla; stir until just combined.
  • Slice the apples into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Remove and discard the center core of each slice with a tiny cookie cutter or apple corer.
  • Add about 2 inches of oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot set over medium heat, until it reaches 350 degrees F. 
  • Dip each apple ring into the batter, shaking off any excess. Carefully lower the ring into the oil. Fry apple rings 3 or 4 at a time, but don’t allow them to touch, for about 1 minute per side, or until golden. 
  • Using tongs, transfer them to the paper towels.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining apple slices.
  • While still warm, sprinkle them with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. 
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If you want to use regular granulated sugar instead, you'll need 2 tablespoons for the batter and 1/3 cup for the cinnamon-sugar topping.
  • You can really use any type of apple here, but I prefer Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Gala, or Fuji.
  • These Apple Fritter Rings are simple enough as is, but pancake batter would simplify them even more.
  • You can make the inner hole pretty small like I did, using a single apple corer, or widen it up with a round biscuit cutter. You could even use the rim of a glass if you put some muscle behind it.

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