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Maple Glazed Apple Fritters

The crisp fall weather is in the air and apple season is officially here! What better way to take advantage of this time of year then to hit the orchards with your kiddo’s and whip up some homemade fritters for everyone to enjoy?!

The apple fritters were tested by Mackenzie FIVE times to make sure they were absolutely perfect … and I have to say, she really nailed this recipe! The apple cider in this recipe gives the fritters such an intense apple flavour that is so drool-worthy!

Jillian Harris Apple Fritters Vegan

I know I’ve mentioned this before but I want to let you in on my little “ingredient shopping hack”! I buy all of my baking ingredients from Bulk Barn! In this recipe alone, I bought my flour, sugar, baking powder, icing sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, all from Bulk Barn! I honestly love shopping there so much because it’s so cost-effective and I love the fact that I can bring my own containers in order to reduce the amount of packaging coming into my home!

Alright … let’s dig into the recipe … shall we? I’ll warn you though, this recipe is highly addicting and insanely delicious! LOL!

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Maple Glazed Apple Fritters

Maple Glazed Apple Fritters


  • 1 1/4 cups apple cider (warmed like bath water temperature)
  • 2 packets dry active yeast
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp vegan butter melted and cooled
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
  • Filling
  • 4-5 green or tart apples, chopped
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • Glaze
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Almond milk, to thin


  1. Make the dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm apple cider with the yeast and sugar.
  2. Let mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy and smells like bread.
  3. Add the melted butter, mix a little to combine and then add the 3 cups flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Mix the dough with a wooden spoon until dough comes together, and then use hands to mix in circular motion until smooth, about 3-4 minutes. The dough should come together, but be slightly sticky to touch.
  5. Grease a large bowl and transfer the dough ball inside. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (I like to use my oven with the light turned on), for about 40 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
  6. Make the glaze. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Add almond milk as needed to thin to desired consistency. Set aside.
  7. Make the filling. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Add the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally for about 7-8 minutes.
  8. Continue to cook until the apples are caramelized, about 5 more minutes. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool.
  9. Transfer dough to large floured surface and roll into large rectangle, about the size of a cookie sheet lengthwise.
  10. Add apple filling to bottom half of rectangle, and carefully fold top layer over the bottom. Use a paring knife or serrated knife to cut dough into 20-25 small squares.
  11. Using your hands, fold over bottom corners over top of each fritter so that it looks like a satchel and apples won’t fall out the sides when frying (it’s okay if a few do!).
  12. Place uncooked fritters on a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 15 minutes. Before frying, stretch out fritters gently and slightly to ensure middle will cook properly.
  13. Fry the fritters. In a large deep sauce pan, heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees. It’s important to fry the fritters around this temperature to avoid burning or soggy fritters.
  14. Once oil is heated, using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer fritters into the oil and let fry on each side for 40-60 seconds, or until browned and crisp. Watch carefully to avoid burning!
  15. Transfer to cooling rack. Drizzle glaze over fritters and serve warm.
  16. Store in airtight container for up to 2 days, but best served fresh.

Jillian Harris Apple Fritters Vegan

If you happen to make these fritters, make sure to share your feedback with me in the comments below! I can’t WAIT for you to give them a try!




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  1. Jane Davidson | Typically Jane

    September 13th, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Gah these look amazing! can’t wait to make them! Aaaaand since they are vegan I can ell myself it’s basically a health food.

  2. Jillian Harris

    September 14th, 2018 at 9:57 am

    That’s what I tell myself … LOL

  3. Cindy

    September 13th, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    What is step number 2???

  4. Jillian Harris

    September 14th, 2018 at 9:56 am

    The steps were all there but the numbering was just off! Fixed now! xo

  5. Alison Beatty

    September 13th, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Looks soooo yummy! As I was reading the recipe, I noticed step 2 was blank. I think you are just wanting to see if we are awake, so, is there a step 2?

  6. Jillian Harris

    September 14th, 2018 at 9:56 am

    LOLLL!!! The numbering was just off! It’s fixed now! XO

  7. Allie

    September 13th, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I know that you like to use plant based ingredients, is this imthe reason for the almond milk instead of regular milk? It should regular milk not be substituted?

  8. Jennifer Bradley

    September 13th, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I am definitely going to try and make these, I’m not vegan but have been thinking lately that I need to make some adjustments to my diet, as I have some serious health issues, severe asthma, allergie, and vocal cord dysfunction. But, I love my sweets, it’s the Scottish heritage lol!

  9. Cel

    September 13th, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Complete waste of time. Yeast didn’t foamy like th recipe suggested.

  10. Jillian Harris

    September 14th, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Really?? Did you let it sit?? What yeast did you use? xo

  11. Trista

    September 16th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Mine didn’t either, used fleischmann active dry yeast and warm (but not hot) apple cider vinegar. Should it be hot?

  12. Jillian Harris

    September 17th, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    It’s supposed to be warm apple cider, not warm apple cider vinegar!! GAHH!!! It was a typo in the recipe which is now fixed!! XO

  13. Elisabeth

    September 16th, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I found the same thing. I think the liquid to yeast ratio is off.

  14. Jillian Harris

    September 17th, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    It’s supposed to be warm apple cider not apple cider vinegar!!! Eeeeppp!! There was a typo in the first version which I’ve adjusted!!

  15. Elisabeth

    September 16th, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I think it’s the apple cider vinegar – it cancels out the yeast’s ability to grow.

  16. Erin

    September 13th, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Love this! Excited to try them.

    Am I able to sub normal butter? I’m not vegan

  17. Jillian Harris

    September 14th, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Yes!!! XOXO

  18. Natashia

    September 14th, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Instead of frying these can you bake them?

  19. Sarah

    September 14th, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you for this. As a momma of a kiddo allergic to eggs, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts and several other things this is a perfect recipe for when her friends get donuts!! Thank you!!

  20. Jen

    September 14th, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I’m on my second batch, and neither time has the dough risen… 🙁

  21. Jillian Harris

    September 17th, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Did you try it with the warmed apple cider?? There was a typo in the recipe at first, it said apple cider vinegar but it’s apple cider!!!

  22. Holly

    September 15th, 2018 at 6:18 am

    When I printed this it said “Apple cider vinegar” but now it says “Apple cider”- I’m assuming it’s not vinegar but please let me know! I’m dying to make these!

  23. Jillian Harris

    September 17th, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    That’s right, it’s apple cider, not apple cider vinegar!!! XOXO

  24. Meagan

    September 15th, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    The yeast isn’t foaming for me either and I used active dry yeast exactly as it mentioned ?. I’m so sad! (And I let it set for 20 + minutes!)

  25. Jillian Harris

    September 17th, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Gahhhh!!!! It’s supposed to be warm apple cider, not apple cider vinegar!!! That was a typo! Now fixed!! xo

  26. Kelsey

    September 16th, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    We made these last night! We either made too much filling or didn’t let the apples caramalize enough as it was a little wet and the dough got a little soggy. We also used regular butter and added the vanilla at the beginning of cooking the apples (wine was involved so directions were sometimes read after haha) which may have changed things a little. BUT we did cut half of it up and tried to make fritter looking things and popped the other half (looked like a panzerotti) in the oven to bake – I wish we had stuck with the fritters! The baked half was good, but our little fritter blobs turned out AMAZING! Was the perfect fall dessert for the cold weather we are getting here in Alberta. Will definitely make again 🙂

  27. Jillian Harris

    September 17th, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    The original blog post had a typo in the recipe, which has now been corrected!! It said apple cider vinegar when it’s supposed to be warm apple cider!! XO

  28. Harjit

    September 16th, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    These look amazing, could they be in a gluten and dairy free version as well? My daughter cannot have any gluten or dairy.

  29. lorraine gil

    September 18th, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Is it Apple cider or Apple cider vinegar in the ingredientes?? Looks yummi

  30. Jillian Harris

    September 19th, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Apple cider!!! XOXO

  31. Ellen

    October 3rd, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I made these and they totally flopped. I thought first it was the yeast, but I had just went and bought a new one for this recipe. The yeast and apple vinegar cider did not rise at all or smell like bread. They even didn’t even rise at all throughout, the dough, or in the little fritters. I’m so disappointed! I’m going to have to throw the whole thing out….:(

  32. Jillian Harris

    October 4th, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Hi Ellen! It’s supposed to be warm apple cider, not apple cider vinegar!! ? XO

  33. Kate

    October 7th, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Oy. . . these did not come out well at all. The first thing was that the dough took about 1 hour and a 1/2 to grow in size. I used warm cider and put it in my oven with the light on. The dough was extremely sticky so I thought I had floured my whole rolling surface enough but apparently I did not. After putting the wet mixture onto my dough and cutting them into squares(ish), the cut dough with filling was impossible to get off of the board. The wet mixture also made the bottom dough soggy and crumble when taken off the surface. To not have a meltdown, my husband came over and with a LOT of flour, rolled out extra unused dough and double wrapped the few fritters I was able to scrape off the board. We ended up with a few good, albeit doughy fritters, but they were a long, frustrating process to get. For anyone thinking of making these I would NOT and yes, they look delicious in the pictures, but they were a flop and take a lot of time. My suggestion if you must make them would be to go to Step 9 (use a LOT of flour!!), but then put a spoonful of mixture on the dough, and put a small dough piece on top, like you were making mini pies. Then maybe you could shape it into a fritter without all the dough getting really soggy.

  34. Jillian Harris

    October 9th, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Hi Kate!! So strange!! And you used warm apple cider, not apple cider vinegar, right??

  35. Aurora

    October 15th, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Hi, I found this delicious recipe but now I have a silly question. Because I live far away in Europe, we might have another size package of how much does one package of yeast weight?
    And thank God I just read those comments about apple cider vinegar, I would have fail this too…

    Thank you already about your blog and Instagram site Jillian, I became a fan during watching Love it or list it and also that serie of you and Justin. Your house is beautiful!

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