Fried apple rings are a festive fall treat made from fresh apples, cinnamon, and sugar. They’re easy to make and taste delicious!
Cinnamon Fried Apple Rings
The first time I ever tried Fried Apple Rings was at our state fair. (Everything is fried at a state fair, right?!)They tasted like little apple fritters, but not as heavy, and I liked that a lot!
I also loved the simplicity of this tasty little treat – fried apples dipped in batter, deep fried, then coated in cinnamon and sugar… that’s it!
With a simple ingredient list and frying method, these fried slices of heaven are so easy to make at home.
How To Make Fried Apples Rings
- apples – I’ve tried this recipe with a bunch of apple varieties and they’re all amazing: granny smith, gala, honey crisp, etc.
- oil for frying
- for the batter – flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, vinegar + milk or buttermilk, and an egg
- for the topping – sugar, and cinnamon
Preparation – Slice the apples into thin round slices that are about a quarter of an inch thick. I leave the peel on because once it’s fried I don’t notice it, but you can take it off if you want to. Cut the core out of each apple slice and then cut each slice so there are two rings.
Preheat the vegetable oil in a large pot or saucepan over medium heat.
Make The Batter – Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar into a medium-sized bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine the milk and vinegar (or substitute with buttermilk), with the egg. Add the milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir everything together.
In a third bowl, mix together the remaining cinnamon and sugar, and then pour the mixture onto a plate.
Coat – Dip each apple ring into the batter and allow any excess to drip off.
Fry – Place a few slices at a time into the heated oil and let them fry for a few minutes. Once the bottom side has turned golden brown, flip each apple ring over and let the other side cook.
Coat. Once both sides have cooked, remove the apple rings and place them on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil. Place them on the plate with the cinnamon and sugar mixture to cover each side.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- Serving Suggestion – These cinnamon apple rings taste the best when they’re hot, so serve them immediately.
- Double the Dessert – While they definitely taste amazing alone, they are also amazing dipped in chocolate or caramel sauce, or used as a topping for vanilla ice cream.
- Substitution – If you prefer to use buttermilk in your recipe batter, you can substitute one cup of buttermilk for the milk and vinegar.
- Perfect Slices – I used a mandolin slicer when cutting my apples into rings. Just put it on the “thick” setting and you’re all set.
- Easy Ring Cuts – I use a water bottle cap to cut out the centers, but you can also use round biscuit cutters.
More Delicious Apple Recipes
If you enjoyed these fried apple rings, then you’re going to love these other apple recipes!
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- The Best Apple Crisp Recipe
- Apple Cinnamon German Pancakes
- Apple Spice French Toast Bites
- Mini Apple Pies
Fried Apple Rings Recipe
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EASY Fried Apples Rings
- 4 large apples
- oil, for frying
for the batter:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 TBS sugar
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
for the cinnamon sugar topping:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat a large shallow pot full of about 2 inches of oil over medium heat.
- In a medium-sized bowl mix together your flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. In a small bowl, combine your buttermilk and egg. In a third bowl, combine your cinnamon and sugar for the topping then pour onto a plate.
- Pour your buttermilk and egg into the flour mixture and stir together.
- Slice your apples into thin round slices, about 1/4 inch thick (I used my mandolin on thick). Cut out the core of your apple slices with a water bottle lid or a round cookie/ biscuit cutter.
- Dip your apple slices into your batter and allow excess batter to drip off.
- Put a few slices at a time into the preheated oil and allow to cook for a couple of minutes, flipping after the bottom half is a golden brown color.
- Once both sides are browned, remove from oil and place on some paper towels to drip excess oil off. Dip apple slices into cinnamon sugar mixture, and coat on both sides.
- Serve immediately as they're definitely best while hot.
About the Author: Aimee is the creative mom and blogger from Like Mother Like Daughter. Aimee spent a few years blogging on Somewhat Simple as one of our baking contributors.