Fried Apple Rings

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These Fried Apple Rings are a quick and delicious snack! Made with sliced apple rings dipped in pancake batter, fried to a crisp, and topped with sweet cinnamon-sugar. They are pretty much the definition of irresistible!

fried apple rings served on a white plate.

Happiest of Fridays, friends! I think Fridays need to be a National Holiday. Everyone celebrates this day, anyhow!

When I worked in the big city of Chicago, 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! 😉

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

sprinkling apple fritters with cinnamon sugar


Fried Apple Rings or Apple Fritters are my kids’ favorite Sunday breakfast. Can you see why?! Becaaaause, it’s apple slices covered in pancake batter and fried to a crispy and sweet perfection! It’s like a donut + a pancake + a baked apple = all into ONE! 

My mom makes killer onion rings so I asked her to give up the recipe for the batter. 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

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

apple slices in pancake batter.


  1. To make this apple rings recipe, first we start by making a simple batter with flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl you’ll combine milk, eggs, and vanilla. I always play around with this part; sometimes I LOVE to use a sugar-free flavored creamer and other times I mix in plain yogurt with the milk. What I’m trying to say is to please feel free to play with the recipe.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; stir until incorporated, and set aside.
  4. Heat canola oil in a heavy bottomed skillet.
  5. Slice apples into 1/4-inch thick round slices; remove the middle of each apple slice with a paring knife.
  6. Dip apple slices in prepared batter and fry for couple minutes, or until done.
  7. Remove from oil; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, and serve.


  • While I think these apple fritters are delicious even a day later, I have to say that they are best almost immediately after cooking. They are crisp, hot, and sweet.
  • If you want to go the easier route, you can always use a store-bought pancake mix for the batter.
  • Also, as a healthier option, you can put an apple ring on the griddle instead of frying them.

Fried Apple Rings stacked on a plate.

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.



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Apple Rings

A quick and delicious snack with sliced apple rings dipped in a sweet pancake batter, fried to a crisp, and topped with cinnamon-sugar.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk,, (In place of milk, I have used Sugar Free Hazelnut Creamer and it's really good!)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large apples,, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Canola Oil for Frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
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  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together milk and egg; add vanilla and whisk until well combined.
  • Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture; set aside.
  • Slice apples and cut out the middle part of the apple slices. I use a small round cookie cutter to pop them out.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat to 375˚F degrees.
  • Dip the apple rings in the batter then transfer them to 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 cinnamon sugar over the apple rings while still hot.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Haylee says:

    I made these this afternoon and they were soo good. Could barely keep my dad from eating them all! I swapped the milk for hazelnut creamer like you suggested, and forgot the baking powder, but they still turned out great. Don’t forget the cinnamon sugar after frying, it makes a huge difference.

    1. Katerina says:

      It sounds like they were a hit! Using hazelnut creamer was a great idea, and I’m glad they still turned out well without the baking powder. The cinnamon sugar really makes them special. Thank you! 🙂

  2. Jon says:

    Hi! I’m looking forward to trying this recipe but was wondering if almond flour would also work. It sounds like a great Fall snack!

  3. Crina Toader says:

    Hello, I have a technical question about your blog, could you please tell me how you inserted the recipe square into your post?

    I want to start my own blog but I can t find how to do that.

    I also made this recipe, it was really good especially when they were warm…can t stop eating them.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi! Assuming you are on WordPress, you will need to download a “recipe plugin” to do that. I use Meal Planner Pro, and you can find that here:
      I hope that helps! 🙂

      1. Crina Toader says:

        Thanks a lot, I have found the plugins, it takes a lot of learning to make a blog 🙂


        1. Katerina Petrovska says:

          You’re welcome! 🙂 And yes, it isn’t as easy as it looks … it takes a while for everything to come together. 😀 GOOD LUCK!!!

      2. Michael Hinchey says:

        What apples do you use for this?

        1. Katerina Petrovska says:

          Hi! I have used Honeycrisps, Granny Smith, and other times I just use whatever apples are in the fruit basket. 😃

          1. Manon Ishii says:

            Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe
            They turned out absolutely delicious
            I topped them up with a little Camembert cheese and Caramel sauce yummy 😋

          2. Katerina Petrovska says:

            I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much! 🙂

    2. Amanda says:

      I’m going to make these to bring to a work snack day. Do you have any tips for maintaining freshness/ crispness when making ahead?

      Thanks so much, so excited to try!

      1. Katerina says:

        Like most fried foods, fried apple rings are best when eaten immediately as they lose their crispness over time. If you need to store them, allow the apple rings to cool to room temperature. This will help prevent steam from being trapped, which can make them soggy. Store them in an airtight container and place a sheet of parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking and to help reduce moisture. Then refrigerate them. To reheat the apple rings, if possible, use a toaster oven to regain some of their crispness. Avoid using the microwave, as it will make them soggy.

  4. Megan @ MegUnprocessed says:

    This looks fun and creative!

  5. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons says:

    Wow, this looks amazing! Like the best of the State Fair!

  6. Josh says:

    Really good but the dough was a little thick and hard to get on the apples

  7. Debbie says:

    Do you peel the apples.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi Debbie!
      No, I don’t peel the apples.

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  9. Emma says:

    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?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      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!

  10. Kathy says:

    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. 🙂

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      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!!