Apple fritters / meet waffles / meet doughnuts in this outrageous autumnal mashup.

Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from

Have you heard of the waffle doughnut, or wonut? Well, pay attention because this is important: it’s a waffle that’s fried in oil until golden and crispy and then dipped in a sugary glaze. And it is amazing.

Starting off with apple fritter batter— filled with diced tart apples and plenty of cinnamon— takes it way over the top, and makes it a perfect fall splurge.

Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from
Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from
Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from

Are they worth all that extra effort of making waffles and then deep frying them?


And are they worth putting on your stretchy pants for?

Most definitely! I’m not saying you should eat these regularly for breakfast, but they are an indulgence I insist you allow yourself at least once this fall.

Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from
Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from

Tips for deep-frying

>> Use a heavy bottomed pot for even heat distribution.

>> Choose oil for with a high smoke point like canola, peanut or safflower.

>> Use a thermometer to make sure you’re heating the oil to the correct temperature. If your oil is too cold, your doughnuts will take on excess oil during their longer frying time. Too hot and you risk burning.

>> Carefully slip the waffles into the hot oil to avoid splashing.

>> Allow the bottom to turn golden brown (about 60 seconds) before flipping over and frying the other side. Remember, as oil drains off of the doughnuts it will appear darker in color.

Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from

Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts
Waffles and doughnuts come together in this apple fritter mashup treat.
Yield: 16 doughnuts
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) buttermilk
  • ¼ cup (55 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (225 grams) chopped apples, peels removed (from about 2-3 apples)
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 1½ cups (170 grams) powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add liquids to the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add the chopped apples and mix only until incorporated.
  2. Preheat a waffle iron and cook waffles according to manufacturer's instructions. Let cool and cut into segments.
  3. Pour enough vegetable or canola oil into a heavy bottomed pot so that it's 2 inches deep. Set over medium heat, insert a thermometer, and heat to 360 degrees F.
  4. Working with the waffles in small batches, fry until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Use a slotted spoon to remove doughnuts and transfer to a paper towel lined tray to drain.
  5. To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Dip the hot doughnuts into the glaze and let sit on a wire rack for 20 minutes before serving.
Apple fritter recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

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39 Responses to Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts

  1. I have to try this! I never though waffles could get better but deep frying is the answer!

  2. Sues says:

    omg!! I’m already on the hunt for the perfect apple fritter recipe and now you throw this at me?? These look heavenly!

  3. These look amazing, seriously amazing! I’d love to try them out but I’m afraid I won’t…I don’t like deep fried food, maybe a baked version would be a little healthier? However these babies must be great!

    xo, Elisa

  4. GAH!!! You know I am all over this! Damn, girl!

  5. I am DYING to make these! Such a unique recipe!

  6. HAven’t heard of a wonut before, but I’m all about them now!!

  7. Shellie says:

    I like the idea of deep frying them, nice way to add a lot of crunch.

  8. Katie says:

    These look insanely good! The deep frying is ingenious, but I could just eat a stack of those waffles on their own. 🙂

    • Annalise says:

      It was tempting to just eat all of the waffles (they smelled AMAZING!), but I’m so glad I held out for the waffles. Even better! Thanks for the comment, Katie!

  9. These look absolutely to die for! Bookmarked for my next GNI. 😉

  10. I am absolutely smitten with these! What a brilliant idea. Apple fritters are a weakness of mine, and you just made them even better. I’ll definitely be putting on the stretchy pants to enjoy these once this year!

  11. You are a wicked genius, Annalise! I cannot stop thinking about these!

  12. Whoa. These look over the top. I’m running to get my stretchy pants right now….

  13. Mary Frances says:

    These look amazing! Just beautiful!

  14. Emily says:

    These look simply amazing!

  15. oh my gawd! first off, love that you made them into waffles!! and then you fried them! love love love. . apple fritters are my fave and I absolutely love this spin on them!

  16. I saw these on IG and fell in love! Such a cool concept… I love all things donut, and this will only add to my love 🙂

  17. Fritter + waffle + doughnut?!?! Love! And totally tempted to walk around calling them friffle-nuts! 🙂

  18. Whoooaaa these look out of this world amazing!!

  19. Ala says:

    Um, excuse me but WHAT. I came over from instagram because I was going to look at your candy bars but then I saw this (apple fritters are my favorite donut, period) and I was all heck to the YESPLEASE! Two for two–you’ve smitten my heart and I will most definitely be back for more. Great to “meet” you on le blog!!

  20. OMG this is probably one the best things I’ve see this week!

  21. Kelly says:

    can you make the waffles in advance? I’m thinking the night before.

    • Annalise says:

      Yes, absolutely! I should put that in the recipe. Let them cool completely, then store in an air-tight container for up to 2 days in advance.

  22. Baby June says:

    Daaaaang those look crazy good! I never would have thought of making doughnuts this way, but now I must try it. Just imagine if you covered those babies with glaze so it could get in all those nooks and crannies…mmmmm 🙂

  23. These waffles look beyond delicious! Pinned & sharing on Facebook!

  24. Tomz says:

    How many wonut quarters does the recipe make?

  25. Suzanne says:

    Yum, these look so sinfull!!

  26. Hi Annalise,

    Your delicious recipe has been nominated as one of the “Top 100 Best Apple Recipes of 2014 for National Apple Month”. You and your readers can vote for it here: (position #84 – random order).

    Happy National Apple Month! 🙂

  27. Saw these beauties on Pinterest and just had to say how awesome they are! I have to say I’ve never actually fried anything… but, these are totally worth trying!

  28. Beth says:

    WOW! I am making these today later! Yummmmmm! 😉

  29. Beth says:

    I didn’t make them but man are these looking good!
    I look froward to making and tasting them soon ;D

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