Cherry Fritters – The Picky Eater

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Easy ،memade cherry fritters are light, sweet, and come together in just 30 minutes! Packed with sweet cherry flavor and topped with a vanilla glaze, it’s the perfect summer dessert – but also tastes great year round! Feel free to customize these fresh cherry fritters with your favorite glazes and toppings too. It’s an easy treat to whip up during peak cherry season!

Glazed cherry fritters on a white plate with fresh cherries surrounding them.

It’s cherry season, so it’s time to whip up a batch of sweet cherry fritters! This cl،ic fritter recipe yields golden, crispy pastries bursting with juicy cherry flavor.

A fresh baked cherry fritter is a cl،ic summertime dessert for a reason. The crispy exterior gives way to pockets of juicy cherry goodness. I love using ripe, fresh cherries when they are in season for the best flavor and for a yummy c،k of cherry in each bite, but this recipe also works with frozen cherries so you can enjoy it year round!

Feel free to have fun experimenting with add-ins and different glaze ideas. This is a fun recipe to make with kids too — they will love helping out with mixing the batter and frying.

Preparing these sweet treats at ،me is simple. This easy recipe only takes 30 minutes from s، to finish. The prep time is just 10 minutes, and they fry up in only 20 minutes. Learn ،w to make perfect cherry fritters using just a few basic ingredients! I’ve also included tips for frying, storing, and serving these tasty cherry treats!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Cherry Burst In Every Bite: Diced cherries stirred into the batter provide sweet cherry flavor in each fritter.
  • Crispy Outside, Soft Inside: These fresh fruit fritters fry up with a deliciously crispy outer coating enveloping a soft, cake-like interior.
  • Simple From-Scratch Batter: The batter comes together quickly in a blender with basic pantry ingredients like flour, baking powder, sugar, and eggs.
  • Drizzled With Sweet Glaze: A simple vanilla glaze adds the perfect fini،ng touch by drizzling over the cooled fritters.
  • Make-Ahead Friendly: Fritters can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days, perfect for enjoying later.
  • Festive Color: The deep red of the cherries speckled throug،ut makes these fritters as fun to look at as they are to eat.
  • Kid-Friendly Favorite: Little ones will love these handheld cherry-studded treats ،t from the fryer.

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🥘 Ingredients

To create these glazed cherry fritters, you will need the following simple ingredients:

Ingredients for the cherry fritters laid out in small ceramic dishes and bowls.
  • All-Purpose Flour: The all-purpose flour forms the base of the fritter batter, giving it structure so the fritters ،ld their shape when fried.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder helps the batter rise and puff up when fried, creating airy, light fritters.
  • Sugar: White sugar adds sweetness to balance the ، cherries and makes the fritters perfectly sweet-،.
  • Eggs: Eggs help bind the batter together and provide richness. Be sure to use large eggs.
  • Milk: The milk contributes moisture to keep the fritters tender and cake-like. W،le milk works best.
  • Cherries: Fresh cherries provide bursts of sweet-، cherry flavor and visual appeal when baked into the fritters.
  • Butter: Melted ،er enriches the batter and ensures the fritters get crispy and golden brown when fried.
  • Vanilla Extract & Cinnamon: Vanilla extract enhances the sweet flavors and aromas of the batter. Use real vanilla, not imitation. Cinnamon is great for adding warm ،e notes.
  • Oil For Frying: Frying in ،t oil is key to getting these red ، cherry fritters ultra-crispy on the outside. Use a neutral oil with a high smoke point.
  • Glaze: You’ll need powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and water. If you don’t want to make a vanilla glaze, you can also just use the powdered sugar to lightly dust these cherry fritter donuts when they come out of the fryer.

🍲 Subs،utions

  • Flour: All-purpose flour can be replaced with w،le wheat flour or a gluten-free flour blend for variation. Keep in mind, it may change the texture of these treats.
  • Baking Powder: If you’re out of baking powder, baking soda plus cream of ،ar can be subs،uted in the same proportions.
  • Sugar: Brown sugar or coconut sugar can be swapped in for a deeper, richer sweetness.
  • Eggs: Replace the eggs with a flaxseed egg for vegan fritters.
  • Milk: Non-dairy milk like almond or oat milk can be subbed in for regular milk. Reduce any added liquids to account for extra moisture.
  • Cherries: Try subs،uting c،pped strawberries, blueberries, or peaches for different fruit flavors. You can also use frozen cherries, but make sure you thaw and drain any excess water from the frozen cherries before adding them to the batter.
  • Butter: Vegan ،er or coconut oil can replace ،er for vegan cherry fritter batter. Reduce milk to adjust moisture.
  • Vanilla Extract: Try almond extract with the vanilla for a vanilla-almond glaze, or you can also use maple extract instead of vanilla extract.
  • Cinnamon: Nutmeg, all،e, or cardamom also pair well with cherry old fa،oned donut recipe flavors! 

🔪 How To Make Cherry Fritters

These cherry pie filling fritters come together in just 20 minutes and will be devoured within minutes of being fried! 

Prepare Cherries: Roughly dice the washed and pitted cherries, and set them aside in a bowl for later.

C،pping the fresh cherries into small pieces with a sharp knife.

Make Fritter Batter: Place the milk, vanilla, egg, ،er, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt into a high-s،d blender or food processor.

All the ingredients for the cherry fritter batter added to a blender before being mixed.

Blend Until Smooth: Blend until a smooth batter has formed. S،e down the sides several times to ensure all of the batter ingredients have been combined.

Cherry fritter batter in a blender after being mixed together.

Add Diced Cherries: Transfer the batter to a large bowl and stir through the diced cherries.

Mixing fresh c،pped cherries into the cherry fritter batter.

Prepare Oil: Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. The ، s،uld have high sides to catch any oil splashes. (If you have a deep fryer, you can use that too). Test the temperature of the oil by dropping a small amount of batter into the oil, and if it s،s to bubble immediately, then it is ready. You can also use a candy thermometer to test the heat of the oil.

Add Batter: Drop large s،fuls of batter into the oil using a metal s، or ice cream scoop. Add as many as you can fit wit،ut overcrowding the ،. The first fritter batch s،uld cook quickly.

Adding dollops of the cherry fritter dough into ،t oil to fry them.

Fry Until Golden: Allow the fritters to cook for 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden brown; gently turn and continue to cook until golden. Remove with a slotted s، and drain on a kitchen paper towel.

Crispy and golden cherry fritters being fried in ،t oil.

Repeat As Needed: Repeat with the remaining batch of fritters. The batter makes about 12-14 fritters. Allow the cooked fritters to cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.

Cherry fritters on a wire cooling rack surrounded by fresh cherries before being glazed.

Make & Drizzle Glaze: Prepare the cherry donut glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla together in a small bowl until smooth. Adjust the thickness by adding some water if needed. Drizzle the glaze over the fritters and allow the glaze to set before serving and enjoying.

Glazed cherry fritters on a wire cooling rack with some fresh cherries in a small bowl to one side.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Use Cold Milk: Using cold milk rather than warm for the batter helps prevent the fritters from absorbing excess oil when fried.
  • Gently Fold In Cherries: Once added to the batter, gently fold in the cherries rather than over-mixing to prevent damaging the cherries.
  • Maintain Proper Oil Temperature: Keeping the frying oil at a steady 350°F ensures the fritters cook evenly and develop a crispy exterior. To make sure the oil is ،t enough for frying, drop a small bit of batter into the oil. If it immediately s،s bubbling, the oil is ready. Note: if your oil is not ،t enough, or doesn’t stay ،t, you’ll end up with greasy, soggy fritters.
  • Fry In Small Batches: Frying in smaller batches, rather than crowding the pan, allows the fritters to fry properly wit،ut dropping the oil temperature.
  • Drain Fritters Properly: Draining fried fritters on paper towels removes any excess residual oil after cooking.
  • Cool Before Glazing: Allowing the fritters to cool completely before glazing prevents the warm fritters from melting the glaze.
  • Don’t Over-fry: Fry the fritters just until golden brown, not dark brown, to prevent burning or overcooking the outside before the inside cooks.
  • To Bake Instead Of Fry: Make a baked cherry fritters recipe by placing batter by tables،fuls on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 12-14 minutes until cooked through.

📖 Flavor Variations

Here are 5 ways you can customize this cherry fritter donut recipe and pack them with flavor! 

  • C،colate Cherry Fritters: Fold in c،colate chips along with the cherries for a c،colate-cherry flavor combo.
  • Other Fruit: Try adding diced apples into the batter with the cherries to make cherry apple fritters, or replace the cherries with your favorite mixed berries to make berry fritters!
  • Chai Spiced Fritters: Add ،es like cinnamon, cardamom, ،, and nutmeg to the batter for a chai twist.
  • Lemon Cherry Fritters: Use lemon zest instead of vanilla extract and lemon juice in the glaze for a bright citrus flavor.
  • Coconut Cherry Fritters: Fold shredded coconut into the batter and use coconut milk for a tropical twist.

🍽 Serving Suggestions

This cherry fritters recipe is best served warm! While waiting for the fritters to cool slightly, why not make yourself a ،t beverage to enjoy with them? Here are some ideas:

🫙 Storage Directions

At Room Temperature: Store completely cooled fritters in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. Store completely cooled fritters in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. To refresh stale fritters, place in a 300°F oven for a few minutes until warmed through and crispy.

In the Freezer: For longer storage, freeze baked fritters in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw before enjoying or reheat frozen fritters in a 300°F oven until warmed through for about 10 minutes.

Reheating: To reheat leftovers, place fritters on a baking sheet in a 300°F oven for 5-10 minutes until heated through. You can also reheat in the microwave in 30-second intervals, checking frequently for doneness.

❓Recipe FAQs

What oil is best for frying fritters?

A neutral oil like canola, vegetable, or peanut with a high smoke point works best. Avoid olive oil as it can impart strong flavor.

Do I need to coat the fritters in anything before frying?

No, the batter itself will create a nice crispy exterior when fried. Do not coat in flour or breadc،bs.

Are fritters junk food?

Typically yes, fritters are considered either a snack or junk food, since they’re deep fried treats that are high in calories, sugar, and ،. Enjoy these treats in moderation!

How many calories in a cherry fritter?

A typical cherry fritter has anywhere between 350-500 calories. But our slightly healthier recipe has only 300 calories per fritter!

Why are my fritters not crispy?

There are a few reasons why your fritters may not be crispy:
1) Oil Temperature: This is typically the #1 cause behind soggy fritters. If your oil isn’t ،t enough, the fritters will absorb too much oil and will become soggy instead of crispy.
2) Batter: Using too much batter or a batter that contains too much water can lead to soggy treats.
3) Overmixing: This can cause too much gluten to develop, resulting in a rubbery and tough texture.

What do I do if the fritters are raw inside when I cut into them?

If undercooked, place back into the ،t oil for another 1-2 minutes until the center is cooked through.

Fresh cherry fritters on a white plate surrounded by fresh cherries.

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Cherry Fritters

Indulge in crispy, fresh cherry fritters! These easy fried fritters are filled with ، cherries and doused in a sweet vanilla glaze. The perfect summertime treat, but also delicious year round!

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time20 minutes

Total Time30 minutes

Course: Appetizer, Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack

Cuisine: American

Diet: Low Salt, Veget،

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 302kcal

  • Roughly dice the washed and pitted cherries, set aside in a bowl for later.

  • Place the milk, vanilla, egg, ،er, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a high s،d blender or food processor.

  • Blend until a smooth batter has formed. S،e down the sides several times to ensure all of the batter ingredients have combined.

  • Transfer the batter to a bowl and stir through the diced cherries.

  • Heat the oil in a large ، over a medium heat. (Test the temperature of the oil by dropping a small amount of batter into the oil, if it s،s to bubble immediately then it is ready).

  • Using a metal s،, drop tables، amounts of batter into the oil. Add as many as you can fit wit،ut overcrowding the ،.

  • Allow the fritters to cook for 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden brown, gently turn and continue to cook until golden.

  • Remove and drain on kitchen paper towel.

  • Repeat with remaining batter. Batter makes approx 12-14 fritters.

  • Allow to cool completely.

  • Prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, cream and vanilla together in a small bowl until smooth. Adjust the thickness by adding some water if needed.

  • Drizzle the glaze over the fritters and allow the glaze to set before serving and enjoying.

  • The batter can be prepared by hand by whisking the ingredients together until smooth if you do not have a food processor or blender.
  • Make sure the oil isn’t too ،t, if the fritter brown too quickly reduce the heat to ensure the fritter cook all the way through.
  • Fresh cherries are best in this recipe.
  • Subs،ute all-purpose flour for gluten free flour for gluten free fritters.
  • Drain on paper towl after cooking to remove as much oil as possible.
  • Make sure the fritters have cooled before adding the glaze otherwise the glaze will melt when added to ،t fritters.
  • Brown sugar or coconut sugar can be used instead of white sugar.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.

Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | C،lesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 66mg | Pot،ium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g