The pieces of apples and the sweet glaze on these Mini Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts will have you reaching for a few more homemade donuts in a hurry. Perfect snack to enjoy with a cup of coffee this afternoon.
*Crunch Pak apples sponsored this post. I am partnering with them as a blog ambassador creating delicious apple recipes. All opinions are 100% my own.
One of my all time favorite donuts is actually a warm apple fritter from a little donut shop in Indiana where we lived for 12 years. Even now, I'm totally drooling as I remember how they melted in your mouth.
The chunks of apple in a soft dough that is fried and coated in a sweet sugary glaze is hard to beat. I'm actually kicking myself right now for not stopping when we drove through there this past summer.
What was I thinking???
I know that fall is still a month away, but this week I jumped on the apple baking train, and I haven't looked back. There may even be some fall decorations on a few tables in our house. My husband and kids gave me a little grief for rushing fall.
Our local grocery store had bags of apples on sale this week, so I had to get started on my apple baking early. The way I see it is that they were basically forcing me to start fall baking.
As a brand ambassador for Crunch Pak apples, I always keep bags of the sliced apples in our fridge for snacks or for recipes like this Maple Apple Walnut Cake or this Apple Praline Cake.
This week as I was baking, all I could think about were those amazing apple fritters that I missed out on last month. So I set out to make a homemade apple fritter recipe in our kitchen.
But then I saw our mini Dash waffle iron sitting on the counter, and I decided to combine apple fritters, waffles, and donuts into one awesome little fall treat. It was a great idea!!
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I would recommend using TWO little waffle irons, so you can finish quicker. Thank goodness I was able to multi task and do some cleaning in our kitchen while the waffle donuts were cooking.
How to make Mini Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts:
- Preheat your waffle iron, so that it is ready to get started as soon as the batter is ready.
- Stir together the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Whisk together the egg, milk, and oil and then stir it into the dry ingredients.
- Use a food processor to shred your Crunch Pak apple slices. You can leave the peels on when you do this. Stir the apple pieces into the batter.
- Spray the waffle iron with non-stick spray and drop the batter by Tablespoons onto different sections of the waffle iron. Make sure to space them out a bit, so they don't cook together.
- Cook the waffle donuts for 3-5 minutes depending on how hot your waffle iron gets. The little waffle iron that I used took 5 minutes to get a good crispy outside that I was happy with. Use a fork to gently remove the donuts from the waffle iron.
- Let the waffle donuts cool on a wire rack while you stir together the glaze.
- Drop each one into the glaze and flip it over to get the glaze into every square of the waffles. Place them back on a wire rack that is inside of sheet pan. The pan underneath will catch all the drips, so you don't have a mess on the counter later.
PRO TIP: These Mini Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts are best served the day they are made. Although, I did refrigerate the leftover waffle donuts. They were pretty delicious reheated in the microwave for a few seconds the next day.
More easy apple recipes you may enjoy:
- Crock Pot Cinnamon Strawberry Applesauce - all you need is three ingredients and a crock pot to make this delicious homemade applesauce
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tarts - drizzles of caramel and chocolate add a fun flair to these easy fall treats
- Cranberry Poppyseed Apple Salad - apple chunks and a homemade berry dressing makes eating salad so fun
- Butter Pecan Apple Skillet Cake - the custard center and bourbon caramel sauce will have you reaching for another slice
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Now I'm drooling. I always make a generous recipe of waffles at one time. Then I freeze them. When I want one, I put in in my toaster oven on toast setting until it is good and warm/hot. That crisps it up and it tastes like it just came out of the waffle iron.
Made these today using a regular round waffle iron. Definitely have to cook them 5 minutes. I ate the first one without icing. They are so good I think I will skip icing for now!
Now these look Fantastic.
Using Almond flavoring in the icing will give them a nice special taste
Thanks for sharing the recipe