Cinnamon Sugar Apple Fries

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Before I share the recipe for one of the yummiest things we’ve ever put into our mouths, I have to tell you a little backstory. I am technically a food blogger, so you should have expected this. Back in January, we visited Legoland Florida for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip, was discovering Granny’s Apple Fries. We’ve been pretty obsessed with them since the first bite and wanted to try to recreate them at home.

I researched, I googled, I tried two different recipes that I found online that claimed to be Legoland Granny apple fries copycat recipes. And they were both huge failures. The apples shriveled up as soon as they hit the cold air. They were limp and soggy and not anything like we remembered. I tried cutting the apples thinner. I tried them thicker. I tried hotter temps, cooler temps. Nothing was working. I just wanted crispy apple fries because when you think of fries, you think crispy (though my kids did point out that their favorite McDonald’s fries are the soggy ones).

apples cut into slices

apples in batter in a fryer

After a whole lot of brainstorming and trial and error, we fell back on something that seems to save the day for us on a regular basis… funnel cake batter. It worked wonders for our deep fried oreos and it was exactly what these apple fries needed.

Funnel cakes are the perfect crisp and tender inside and they can coat just about anything and taste delicious. So we dipped our apple sticks in the batter, fried and tossed in the cinnamon sugar mix. OMG… HEAVEN. I couldn’t make them fast enough. Every time I took a batch out of our little deep fryer, my kids would grab them. I was in the kitchen making these for hours, just so that I had enough to photograph.

Imagine an apple inside of a churro... that's what these cinnamon sugar apple fries taste like. Crunchy on the outside and warm apple goodness on the inside!

plate of cinnamon sugar apple fries with caramel dipping sauce

ramekin filled with cinnamon sugar apple fries

plate of cinnamon sugar apple fries with caramel dipping sauce

You may have tasted apple fries before, but you've never had anything like these cinnamon sugar apple fries. Imagine a churro, with an apple inside.

girl holding an apple fry dipped in caramel

ramekin filled with cinnamon sugar apple fries

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Fries

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plate of cinnamon sugar apple fries with caramel dipping sauce

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Fries


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life

Description

Apples wrapped in crispy, fried dough and covered in cinnamon and sugar. Imagine an apple stuffed churro. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever eaten.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 45 medium granny smith apples
  • Funnel cake batter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • oil for frying

Optional

  • Whipped Cream
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Caramel Dipping Sauce

Instructions

  • Mix sugars and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Make funnel cake batter according to our recipe.
  • Add oil to a deep fryer or pan. You’ll need about 2 inches high in a pan or enough according to the instructions of your deep fryer. Heat to 375 degrees.
  • Peel and slice apples like french fries. I highly recommend this french fry cutter. It makes the whole process super easy and quick.
  • One by one, dip your apple sticks into the funnel cake batter. Shake off the excess.
  • Drop into your heated oil and fry for 3-4 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. You want them to be golden brown.
  • Remove your apple fries and let sit on a paper towel/plate to soak up any excess oil.
  • Coat in sugar mixture. Top with powdered sugar (optional).
  • Serve warm with caramel dip and/or whipped cream.

Update 5/29/20: Realized that I forgot to add apples to the ingredients list. Oops! Also, after making these for the third time today, I cut the sugar/cinnamon ingredients in half.  That should be plenty!

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  1. I will surely give this recipe a try. It looks really palatable. Thanks for this recipe.

  2. This looks awesome. The funnel cake batter is a genius idea. They really do look crispier than previous recipes I’ve tried. I gave up trying to make these and you saved my day! I’m definitely going to print this and will probably make them every day. Thanks so much for being a super mom and uncovering wonders like this recipe. And, I can really imagine you being a food blogger. The instructions are clear and to the point. These pictures are perfect as well.

  3. yum, Cinnamon apple fries sound good right about now. It’s a little good and a little bad– so its balanced goodness, right?

  4. I’d love to try these, I bet they are great. The caramel dipping sauce with them is a super idea. Mich x

  5. This make a great recipe and ideal for our afternoon snacks, being lockdown I have more time to prepare different cuisine and baking.

  6. These are so simple – but I would have never thought of it! I’m just not a chef! lol 🙂

  7. OH man this is so tempting! I’m trying to cut down on sugar but this might make me cave! looks so delicious!

  8. Oh, wow! These look fabulous! I can’t wait to give them a go! What a super-fun treat!

  9. Years ago I used to get these at Rally’s all the time. They were the highlight of my meal! I can’t wait to make these!

  10. Wow, I never thought you could fry apple slices. This quite creative. Going to have to try this at home for an easy dessert. Thanks for the tip!

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      Hi Marina! I don’t know how the funnel cake batter would hold up in the air fryer. But if you try it, please let me know!

  11. Oh my goodness! These apple fritters look so inviting and good! I am sure everyone will love them!

  12. This is the perfect recipe to kill a sweet tooth. i would love to make the kids some too.

  13. I tried this, and my family LOVED it! Too bad I didn’t get to take pics before they gobble it all down. Will try again 😉

  14. Oh my goodness! These Apple Fries look like sheer perfection. I’m seriously drooling just staring at your photos and it’s definitely a recipe I’d like to try.

  15. This is the best dessert ever! I can’t wait to make this over the weekend. Yummo!

  16. This is a super fun recipe. I would love to try it on a air fryer. This should taste delicious.

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      I’m not sure how the funnel cake batter would hold up in an air fryer but if you try it, please let me know how it turns out!

  17. wow this looks so heavenly! i love anything fried! Will try this recipe tomorrow. Thanks for sharing

  18. I am a big apple fan and I have never thought of frying them haha. I am always open to trying new things so I am gonna give this one a chance, lets say what my apple loving children think about it