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A cooling rack with brown parchment underneath it with air fried apple fritters on top. They're golden brown and have glaze dripping down the sides. There's a cup of coffee in the background with a red apple and two whole cinnamon sticks.

Air Fryer Apple fritters with Brown Butter Glaze

These easy air fryer apple fritters with brown butter glaze are healthier than an old fashioned fritter, yet still a delicious and tasty air fryer dessert
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword airfryer, applefritters, applerecipes, easydesserts, falldesserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 Fritters
Calories 168kcal
Author Wine a Little Cook A Lot


Brown Butter Glaze

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Milk if needed

Apple Fritters

  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice fresh
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 large Apples (such as Honey Crisp or Green Apples) peeled, cored and diced small
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil for brushing/spraying


Brown Butter Glaze

  • Place butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Continuing melting the butter until it starts to foam and turn brown. Once browned, remove from heat to cool slightly. You should smell a nutty aroma and see brown specks in the butter.
  • Add powdered sugar to a small bowl. Add browned butter, milk and vanilla whisking until smooth. (If mixture is too thin for your liking, simply add more powdered sugar.) Set aside.

Apple Fritters

  • Line the basket of your air fryer with a piece of parchment paper (I like to cut it to fit so there's no overlapping over the edges). Brush lightly with oil.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in medium bowl.
  • Make a well in the center and add milk, vanilla, lemon juice and eggs. Stir until evenly combined, then fold in the apples.
  • Drop about ¼ cup of the batter onto your parchment lined air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer you may only be able to fit 2 fritters at a time. (You don’t want to overcrowd or they won’t get crispy.)
  • Lightly dab the tops of the fritters with oil using a pastry brush (see recipe notes). Set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 4-5 minutes or until deep golden brown. Flip fritters over and repeat until both sides are golden brown.
  • Place apple fritters on cooling rack and drizzle with brown butter glaze while still warm. (I place a piece of parchment underneath the cooling rack to catch the drippings).


Apple Fritter Recipe adapted from SmallTownWoman.
You can put oil in a clean spray bottle and mist the fritters with the oil instead of brushing.
These apple fritters are a bit more cake like inside than regular fried fritters since they are not actually being fried.
If your glaze is too thin for your liking, simply add more powdered sugar or use less milk.


Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.95g | Protein: 3.12g | Fat: 4.13g | Saturated Fat: 2.36g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.29g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 13.84g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.02mg