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Apple Fritter Rings


These comforting confections flavored with tart Granny Smith apples and cinnamon are a traditional Hanukkah treat.

  • Yield: Makes about 20

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, December 2011


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil, plus 2 cups for frying
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 medium tart apples, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings


  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. In another medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, 4 teaspoons oil, and eggs. Stir in flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  2. In a large, heavy, high-sided skillet, heat 2 cups oil until it registers 375 degrees on a deep-fat or candy thermometer. (The oil should bubble rapidly when a drop of batter is added.) In batches, coat apples in batter and fry until golden brown, about 4 minutes per batch, flipping halfway through. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Toss apples in cinnamon sugar and serve immediately.

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  • Lilme123
    7 OCT, 2014
    I cook and bake constantly... Seldom any problem... Yesterday was Shuffleboard... I was out to please and impress. Thank God I had made cookies and apple donuts also, because these fritter rings were an awful greasy mess. Is the buttermilk amount correct, or should it have been 2/3 cup buttermilk? It came out such a thin, greasy mess. Runny like a too thin tempura. Greasy. Not edible. All had to be discarded. $4.00 in apples... in the trash... Bewildered.
  • SandyCorey
    23 NOV, 2013
    OMG! Just made these. They are amazing. Imade only half a batch of batter, but it was enough for15 rings and 3 chopped up apple fritters to finish it off. If you like cinnamon, I would recommend adding more as the flavour was very subtle. Will make sgain and again.
  • wfb-mom
    22 NOV, 2013
    What a great coincidence! My son was born 14 years ago today after I went to a folk festival where I just couldn't eat enough of the apple fritters. I had no idea how to make them but now they can be a special treat for the birthday celebration tonight. Thank you!