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Bacon Apple Fritters from ZestuousThese velvety, crispy Bacon Apple Fritters are sinfully covered with Bacon Glaze (with or without bourbon). I promise breakfast will never be the same.

Apple fritters have long been my favorite doughnuts. Whenever I grab a box of a dozen glazed for work, I always ask them to bag a fritter on the side just for me.

Recently, I went to a party, and a new doughnut shop in downtown Vegas called O Face Doughnuts was providing a sampling of their delights. Of course, I reached for the fritter…but then wait…the server said, “That’s one of our bacon apple fritters.” I couldn’t believe my ears. My favorite doughnut and bacon! Yes please! It was love at first bite. The fritter had a perfect crispy crust with a soft, pillowy center. I was determined to recreate this recipe at home.

Bacon Apple Fritters from ZestuousI have to warn you, this recipe is NOT healthy in any way. I don’t care that there are apples inside. These are just plain sinful.

Bacon Apple Fritters from ZestuousI started with a traditional fritter batter and stirred in 1 cup apples and 1 cup cooked bacon. I fried them until they were just golden on each side. As you drop them in the oil, you can spread them to be thin and flat for more crunchification or thicker for a doughier fritter. Or for a fun twist, you can spoon baby fritters in the oil. Everything is cuter when it’s bite-sized.

Bacon Apple Fritters from ZestuousWhat makes these bacon apple fritters even more dangerous is the bacon drippings glaze. Yep! You heard me right. After cooking the bacon, combine the drippings with powdered sugar and milk to create a creamy, salty and downright bacony confection. Want to go even naughtier? Add in a splash of bourbon. Come on. I dare ya.

Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous

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Bacon Apple Fritters

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 fritters


  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 cup 255 grams milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon 15 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 cups 275 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. 5 grams baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 apple, diced (about 1 cup or 125 grams)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup 55 grams bacon drippings
  • 1 cup 125 grams powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup 60 grams milk
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400F (205C) degrees. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil. Lay the strips of bacon on the pan in a single layer. Bake for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven. Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate and save 1/3 cup (55 grams) of the drippings for the glaze. Dice the bacon.
    Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous
  • Heat the milk in the microwave for 1 minute. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add in the milk. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
    Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous
  • Add the diced apples and diced bacon.
    Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat to 325-350F (160-175C) degrees. Drop a large spoonful of batter into the hot oil. Use another spoon to scrape the batter off of the first spoon and gently flatten the fritter out into the oil. Add 2 to 3 fritters to the pan at a time. Fry for 3 minutes.
    Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous
  • Flip and fry for 3 more minutes.
    Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous
  • Place a baking rack over a sheet pan. Remove the fritters from the oil and let drain on the rack while you continue cooking the rest of the batter.
    Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the bacon drippings, milk and powdered sugar. For a grown-up fritter, add a tablespoon of bourbon.
    Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous
  • Spoon the glaze over the fritters. Flip and glaze the other side. Serve.
    Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Bacon Apple Fritters from Zestuous

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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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  1. You should offer a print option, or at the very least, repeat the directions in one space for easy “cut and paste” rather than interspersed by photos. The milk, bacon fat and powdered sugar are obviously for the glaze, but you should indicate that on your ingredient list for clarity.

    1. There is a print option at the top by the title. I’m always surprised at the criticisum people show in their comments. At least Ed addmited his printer was at fault for chopping the instructions off. Dont be so critical Mrs. Nancy

  2. Wow no print option? I replaced the sugar with Maple Syrup oh yeah yummy. Turned out awesome!! Thanks for the recipe it is really tasty!!

  3. OMG! Is Elvis in the room? I bet these are to die for, and being single if I made them for myself, I would certainly die. Will keep the recipe “in the back” for when I need something delectable for others.

  4. Here I am with all my prep done looking over the recipe to get started and in the ingredients it calls for 1 cup of milk, yet in the directions it calls for me to heat the milk and use in the batter then again to use the milk for the glaze????? Do I need 2 cups of milk or am I using 1/2 cup in each step? I am a 54 year old man for crying out loud, we need proper direction. Thanx anyway

    1. Forgive me for my 1st post. It seems my printer cut out the 1/4 cup of milk for the glaze. I guess that’s why old men should not try baking

  5. Oh, sweet Heavens… I rarely, rarely, rarely fry anything but I think these just became an exception. I’m doing a Bacon Week next month and I’m seriously thinking of replacing one of the recipes for these. Yum!