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Spiced Apple & Thyme Fritters

Spiced Apple and Thyme Fritters

  • Author: Chef Resha
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 10 fritters


Deliciously spiced fritters studded with tart apples and fresh thyme, glazed and topped with more fresh thyme and coarse sea salt. Super easy! Slightly adapted from Cook’s Country.




  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup apple cider (SEE NOTE)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cups vegetable or canola oil, for frying


  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Fresh thyme leaves, to garnish
  • Coarse sea salt, to garnish


  1. Cut peeled and cored apples into 1/4-inch dice. Lay apples in a single layer over paper towels and pat them dry.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and thyme in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the cider, eggs, and melted butter until combined. 
  4. Stir the apples into the flour mixture until they’re all coated. Pour in the cider mixture, and fold with a rubber spatula or spoon until incorporated. 
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk the confectioners sugar, apple cider, cinnamon, and nutmeg until smooth.
  6. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. You can use a dutch oven, cast iron skillet, deep-sided skillet, or deep fryer for this. When the oil is heated to temperature, scoop 1/3 cup of batter into the oil. Press the batter lightly with the back of a spoon or fork to flatten. Don’t fry more than 4 or 5 fritters at a time so the oil temp doesn’t drop too much. Adjust the heat if necessary to maintain a frying temperature of 325-350 degrees F. Fry the fritters until deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer fritters to a baking rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet to cool 5 minutes. Drizzle about a tablespoon or two over the fritters. Make sure you top with fresh thyme and coarse salt before the glaze sets, that way it’ll stick. Continue frying and adjusting heat until they’re all done. Glaze and repeat. 
  7. Serve and enjoy!


Don’t use plain ol’ apple juice! It lacks flavor, and you need flavor for this recipe. Use apple cider, trust me.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: desserts

Keywords: apple thyme fritters, apples, sweets, fall desserts

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