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Easy Apple Cherry Fritters

If you are looking for a delicious sweet treat you can have anytime be sure to try out these amazing Apple Cherry Fritters! Easy to make and SO good!

What makes something a fritter?

A fritter is a type of fried food typically made with a batter or dough that contains pieces of fruit, vegetables, or meat. Fritters are often coated in a breading or batter and then deep-fried, shallow-fried, or pan-fried.

Imagine biting into a warm, crispy fritter filled with tart apples and sweet cherries, with a hint of spice and everything nice! Our apple cherry fritter recipe offers just that – a harmonious balance of fruitiness, sweetness, and spicy undertones, all brought together in a golden-fried delight. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time you need a sweet treat!

Why This Recipe Works

Versatile Fruit Choices: This recipe uses both apples and cherries, which brings together the tartness of apples and the sweetness of cherries for a perfect flavor balance. Spice Mix: Cinnamon and nutmeg impart a warmth that contrasts beautifully with the fruitiness. Batter Consistency: The combination of milk, egg, and butter ensures the fritters are soft on the inside while remaining crispy on the outside.


Can I use other fruit combinations? Absolutely! While apple and cherry is a winning combo, you can experiment with fruits of your preference.

What kind of oil should I use for frying? Both vegetable oil and olive oil work. However, vegetable oil has a milder flavor and higher smoke point, making it slightly more preferable for frying desserts.

Can I store leftover batter? Yes, you can refrigerate it for up to a day, but ensure you give it a good stir before using again.

There are many different types of fritter recipes, but some of the most popular include:

  • -Apple fritters
  • -Banana fritters
  • -Berry Fritters
  • -Corn fritters
  • -Zucchini fritters
  • -Oyster fritters
  • -Seafood fritters ( made with fish or shrimp)
  • -Meat fritters ( made with ground beef, pork, or chicken)

Tips & Tricks

Ensure your oil is at the right temperature before frying to avoid soggy fritters. While dicing the apples, keep them uniform in size to ensure even cooking. When using frozen cherries, ensure they’re thawed and drained to avoid excess moisture in the batter. Sprinkle a bit of sugar on the fritters right after frying for an added layer of sweetness.


Tropical Fritters: Swap out apples and cherries for pineapples and mangoes.

Berry Blast: Use a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries in place of apples and cherries.

Spiced Up: Add a touch of cardamom or cloves for an even spicier kick.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

Soggy Fritters: This often results from the oil temperature being too low. Ensure your oil is hot enough before starting.

Uneven Cooking: Can occur if fruit pieces are of different sizes. Aim for uniformity while chopping.

Batter Separation: If the batter seems to be separating, give it a quick whisk to bring it together. Remember to not overmix.

Fritters are a popular snack food and can often be found at fairs and carnivals. They can be served plain, with a dipping sauce, or topped with powdered sugar, honey, syrup, or other sweet toppings.

Why is it called an apple fritter?

An apple fritter is a type of fritter that contains chunks of apple in the batter or dough. The apples can be fresh, canned, or even dried, and they are often coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture before frying.

How do you make an Apple Cherry Fritter?

Apple cherry fritters are made by combining flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, and melted butter to form a batter.

Fresh or frozen cherries and apples are then added to the batter and mixed in. The fritters are fried in hot oil until golden brown. They can be served plain, with a dipping sauce, or dusted with powdered sugar.

what tools do I need for this fabulous apple fritter?

  • skillet: cast iron or electric or deep fryer. Deep enough for 2-3 inches of oil
  • candy thermometer is helpful if using a non-electric skillet or deep fryer
  • medium size bowl
  • 2 small size bowls
  • slotted spoon or rubber spatula
  • wire rack
  • paper towel 

What is the difference between a fritter and a donut?

The main difference between a fritter and a donut is that a fritter contains pieces of fruit, vegetables, or meat in the batter or dough, while a donut does not.

Making This Recipe With Kids

Kids can help chop the fruits (with supervision) or use kid-friendly chopping tools. Let them mix the batter. This is a fun way for them to be involved and learn the basics of baking. They can also help in decorating the fritters with icing, and maybe even some sprinkles!

Topping Options

Classic Icing: A drizzle made from the provided icing ingredients. Chocolate Drizzle: Melt some chocolate and drizzle over the fritters. Caramel Sauce: Perfect for those who love an extra hint of sweetness.

Fruit Fritters are also typically coated in a breading or batter and then deep-fried, while donuts are typically coated in a sweet glaze or frosting and baked.

What ingredients do you need for these Apple Cherry Fritters?

  • 2 tart apples, diced
  • 3⁄4 cup cherries, chopped
  • ◦ fresh, frozen, or maraschino will all work
  • 1 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • vegetable oil or olive oil for frying
  • Icing Ingredients:
  • 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp milk 

You won’t need any wheat flour for this easy recipe.

Where should you serve these Apple Fritters?

These fritters are best served warm, straight out of the fryer. If you are making them ahead of time, you can reheat them in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

They can be served plain or with a dipping sauce such as caramel, chocolate, or raspberry. They can also be dusted with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup or served with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

With every bite of these fritters, you’ll be reminded of why this combination is heavenly. The melding flavors of apples and cherries, combined with the warmth of spices, all encased in a crispy outer layer, make this recipe an undeniable winner. Perfect for family breakfasts, gatherings, or even just a moment to yourself with a cup of coffee. Dive into this delightful journey of flavors and textures.

What are some more fun apple recipes to try?

If you are looking for more amazing dessert recipes, be sure to check out this comprehensive list! 50+ Fun and Easy Dessert Recipes For Kids!

Easy Apple Cherry Fritters
Yield: 16 fritters

Easy Apple Cherry Fritters

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These awesome apple cherry fritter are super yummy and great for anytime!


  • Ingredients:
  • • 2 tart apples, diced
  • • 3⁄4 cup cherries, chopped
  • ◦ fresh, frozen, or maraschino will all work
  • • 1 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • • 2/3 cup milk
  • • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • • 1 egg
  • • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • • 2 tsp vanilla
  • • 2 tsp baking powder
  • • 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
  • • 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg
  • • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • • vegetable or olive oil for frying
  • Icing Ingredients:
  • • 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
  • • 3 tsp milk


  1. Gather ingredients.
  2. In a medium size bowl, sift flour, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set
  3. In a small bowl, beat together milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter.
  4. Gradually mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, until batter is smooth.
  5. Peel and dice apples and add to fritter batter mixture.
  6. Chop cherries and add to batter. Set aside.
  7. Prepare icing by combining powdered sugar and milk, in a small bowl, until smooth and
    creamy. Set aside.
  8. Add oil to skillet and heat to 360°. Use candy thermometer if needed. If you don't have either,
    you can heat the skillet on medium-high heat and test the oil by dropping in a small amount of
    batter. If it is sizzling and frying, then the temperature is good, if not, turn up the heat a little.
  9. Carefully drop large spoonfuls of batter into the oil. As it browns, use a slotted spoon/spatula to
    flip the fritters and fry on the other side. These should only take 1 1⁄2 – 2 minutes per side. You
    can test the first fritter to make sure the center is done.
  10. Transfer the fritters to paper towel to drain and then place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
  11. When your batch of fritters are ready and cooled slightly, drizzle with icing.
  12. Enjoy!
  13. These can be stored in a covered container if they last that long.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 182Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 22mgSodium 170mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 3g

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