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A quick and delicious snack of sliced apple rings dipped in a yogurt batter, fried, and topped with cinnamon-sugar.

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Happy FRIDAY!!!

I think Fridays need to be a National Holiday. Everyone celebrates this day, anyhow! What do you think?

When I worked in the big city back in my hay day, a bar nearby used to have Happy-Hour-Fridays. All day Friday was happy hour. Happy prices, happy people! I was there twice on Fridays – lunch time and after work. If you’re reading, Hi Boss! icon smile Apple Rings

I also think that Fridays need to come with a sweet weekend recipe because, as we all know, weekend calories don’t count.

Thus, when life gives you apples

Or, when your apple tree gives you apples… you maaaaaake???

Apple Rings! Ding! Ding! Ding!

You probably wanted to say Apple Pie, but let’s pretend, for the sake of my recipe. Ahem. My mom’s recipe. 

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My mom makes killer onion rings so I asked her to give up the recipe for the batter. Measurements and all. The lady was more than happy to let me have it, but she wasn’t all too happy with me to use the same batter with apples. For some reason, she just wasn’t having it - “The batter is too thick…it’s not sweet…it won’t work” … la di da di da

I told her to ‘chill out’ while showing her the chill-hand, 1990′s-Pepsi-commercial-style. Remember that?! YouTube it.

Well, needless to say, she LOVED these apple rings. Truly, loved! She just kept going back for more. But so did I! They were best while hot, but I still enjoyed them later on that night, when everyone went to bed. icon biggrin Apple Rings

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My mom has a thing for putting yogurt in batter and this recipe is no different. But, lucky for us, it’s pretty simple and we can do this in our sleep – mix, whisk, dunk, fry. The end.
Tomorrow morning wake up before the rest of the fam and get on this. You won’t even need to wake them up. The smell of state-fair fried food will do that for you. Which reminds me, open up the windows while working on this deliciousness – your neighbors will thank you.


 Apple Rings

Apple Rings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Apple Ring Diethood Recipe Apple Rings

A quick and delicious snack of sliced apple rings dipped in a yogurt batter, fried, and topped with cinnamon-sugar.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt ( I use Dannon )
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 cooking apples, like Granny Smith, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Canola Oil for Frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together yogurt and 1 egg; whisk until well combined.
  • Whisk yogurt mixture into flour mixture; set aside.
  • Slice apples and using a round small cookie cutter, or a knife, cut “rings” out of the middle of the apple slices.
  • In a large deep skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat to 375 degrees.
  • Dip the apple rings in the batter then place in the skillet and cook in batches, 1 to 2 minutes per slice, or until golden, turning once to cook the other side.
  • In a bowl or plate combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well.
  • Sprinkle sugar mixture over the apple rings while still hot.
  • Serve immediately.
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  1. Emma October 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM - Reply

    This recipe looks awesome! A great idea for a Saturday morning brunch watching soccer!
    Has anybody tried baking them?
    I was thinking: hotel pan, a bit of canola, flip half way through, will it be crispy you think?

    • Katerina Petrovska October 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM - Reply

      Hi Emma!

      While I have never tried to bake the apple slices, I think what might work is placing them on a lightly buttered wire rack set over a baking sheet to catch the drippings.
      Spray the apple rings with Baking Spray and bake at 350 for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is browned. Again, I haven’t tried this, but I think this will work. Let me know how it goes!

  2. Kathy August 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM - Reply

    Hi! My mom and I made these and they are absolutely fantastic! They’re not too great cold as they get soggy. But warmed oh wow! We tried caramel for dipping. My dad was in heaven. Next time we might try an apple chimicheesecake thing also in slices instead of rings. I’m a horrible slicer and the rings were extremely funny looking. I would love it even more if it was baked not fried. I love the fried but the sizzling makes my dog shake and pees all over. So I’m looking for a way to bake these. If anyone tried baking these, lemme know? These will definitely be a holiday maybe once a month treat. TY for introducing these into our lives. :)

    • Katerina Petrovska August 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM - Reply

      Apple Chimicheesecake?! Oh my HEAVENS!! That is such an awesome idea! I am going to try it!
      I’m also incredibly happy to know that you and your parents enjoyed the Apple Rings! THANK YOUUUU!!

  3. Patty June 20, 2014 at 2:22 AM - Reply

    This recipe is delicious! I made them on my mom’s birthday and the whole family loved em (my grandma even had me write down the recipe for her).

    We added a tablespoon of cinnamon instead of a teaspoon, on accident, but it still turned out perfect. We also drizzled caramel on top… Mmm.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Katerina Petrovska June 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM - Reply

      HI Patty!! I am SO HAPPY to hear that you all enjoyed them!! THANK YOU!

  4. Jonikas May 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM - Reply

    Mmmmm… these look delish! Has anyone tried making these gluten-free? I’m thinking a simple flour base ( or a GF mix) would work well, especially with the yogurt to make the batter more moist. :P

  5. Louise November 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM - Reply

    Could these apple rings be baked and if so at what temp and for how long. I don’t like using canola oil as it’s a GMO

    • Katerina Petrovska November 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM - Reply

      Hi Louise! While I have never tried to bake the apple slices according to this recipe, I think what might work is layering the apple slices on a lightly buttered wire rack set over a baking sheet to catch the drippings. Bake at 350 for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is browned.

  6. Julia@Vikalinka October 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM - Reply

    I’ve seen and admired this picture all over Pinterest. The recipe is also a stroke of a genius! I am definitely frying me some apple rings this weekend.

  7. Cultural Chromatics October 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM - Reply

    This is seriously brilliant Kate!! Brava!

  8. mjskit October 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    checked out the Pepsi commercial and I guess I was asleep in the 80′s. Never saw it or at least I don’t remember it. :) One thing I won’t forget are these apple rings. What a great smell to wake up to and what a great breakfast treat. Might just have to surprise my hubby with these. Thanks!

  9. Ramona October 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM - Reply

    Wow… what a clever apple ring. Looks amazing. :)

  10. Faith (An Edible Mosaic) October 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM - Reply

    You seriously have the best recipes, Kate! I think I’ve bookmarked like 20 (at least) from you so far…can’t wait to give these beauties a try!

    • Katerina Petrovska October 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM - Reply

      Faith, I really, really appreciate those words!! So nice of you! THANK YOU!!!! xo

  11. Charlie October 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM - Reply

    Omg Kate, these must be sooo good!

  12. Carla October 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    I always put an apple in my daughter’s lunch box I’m thinking this would be a welcome change for her. Thanks!

  13. Ash-foodfashionparty October 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to make apple fries or rings, just didn’t get to it. Your recipe sounds really good and what even better is it’s baked. Will try this for sure.

  14. Deanna October 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM - Reply

    Yum Kate! These look SO good. What a great fall recipe. I can totally see these smell up my whole condo complex!

  15. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen October 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM - Reply

    Love the idea of using yogurt in batter to fry up some tasty apple rings! Thanks to you and your mom, I’m in trouble now, LOL!

  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM - Reply

    I need these rings in my life! Pretty sure I’d inhale the whole batch ;).

  17. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    Oh my goodness YES. I just want to devour these right now!

  18. Valerie October 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM - Reply

    Whoa!!! I so need these apple rings in my right now.

    (Fridays are mini holidays, aren’t they?)

  19. I love getting recipes from my mom and making them at home. It connects me to her even when we’re not together. I have to admit that I do think of apple pie, but I’m more than willing to change my thoughts for this treat.

  20. Meagan October 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM - Reply

    Your mom should be proud with the way these babies turned out. They look delicious.

  21. Maria | Pink Patisserie October 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM - Reply

    What a fabulous, delicious idea Kate! A kind of healthyish apple fritter! They’re beautiful too! Happy Friday!

  22. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) October 4, 2013 at 7:45 AM - Reply

    What a great apple recipe! I am imagining the scent of these and biting into a hot one. And now I am starving!!!!

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