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This might be my proudest moment ever as a parent. Cooking with the kids has had many stumbling blocks and of course successes. One of my favorite moments was when Shae and I made our own chewy soft pretzels and the non-cooking post with the clay mini food. This week for #kidsinthekitchen Shaun stepped up to the plate and cooked these Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings just about by himself.

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Shae and I started on our own like usual. I cut & cored the apples, Shae made the batter, cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar glaze.  We had a little assembly line going and I attempted to have her add the apples to the oil but she was scared so I stepped in for that.Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Shaun wandered in and immediately wanted to help. He took over at the stove and manned the frying stage.  I stepped to the other side of the kitchen and let him do it. He did wonderfully with very little guidance from me.  We didn’t have the Copper Crisper from New Easy so I was nervous with him being so close to a pot of hot oil but he proved himself worthy.  Shae kept saying that they were doing so good they could make these all the time. I squashed that idea and made sure they understood this was a parent supervised activity.Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

They made a great team. Shae dried the apple rings, dipped them and Shaun fried them. Great teamwork.

These tasted just like the apple cider doughnuts we get from the orchard. The apple is still a bit firm but the cinnamon and crisp batter are warm and inviting and it’s easy to eat and eat and eat.


  • 3 medium size apples, we used honey crisp but granny smith would be great
  • 1 cup plus 1 cup complete pancake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbls sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tsp milk
  • canola or vegetable oil for cooking


In a large sauce pan heat oil up to 350 degrees

Slice peeled apples into 1/2 inch thick rings.  Using a small cookie cutter (or large frosting tip) remove core and seeds.

Set aside on paper towels to dry.

Mix 1 cup pancake mix & 1 cup of water till most lumps are gone, set aside.

Mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl, set aside.

Mix powdered sugar and milk in small bowl till smooth, set aside.

When oil has come to temperature dip apple rings in remaining dry pancake mix then into prepared pancake batter. Shake excess batter off apple rings before gently dropping in oil.  I had Shaun hold 1 inch of the coated apple in the oil to set before dropping in. This helped them from sticking to each other.

As they turn a golden brown gently turn them and cook the other side. The rings should be done in 3-4 minutes.

Remove and let drain on paper towels.

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while they are hot. Drizzle them with glaze as you serve them.

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings with Glaze #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #recipe #apples

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  1. Delicious! Looks like the kids did a great job!

  2. Wow, those fried apple rings look amazingly delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will have to make some this weekend.

  3. These look delicious! I love how you involve your daughter in cooking!

  4. I’m heading to the orchard today to pick up apples! I have to make this recipe!

  5. Ok, I pinned these because they are EASY PEASY to convert to gluten and dairy free and I KNOW my kids will love these and not even MISS Halloween candy when they eat them!!

  6. These look delicious! I pinned them too.

  7. oh i must have those apple rings in my life! thanks for another party too 🙂

  8. They look delicious! Pinned and WILL make them. 🙂

  9. I love this! And I can totally adapt this for allergies 🙂

  10. these sound so yummy and easy to make!

  11. No way! How good does this look!?!? i cannot wait to make this! Like Carrie, I will be adapting it to a GF version.

  12. I love the flavors of fall, including cinnamon! These looks like a pretty easy treat to make with a big impact.

  13. Yum! Looks like they did a great job! Those look very good!

  14. This sounds so yummy! Love how easy they are to make!

  15. Okay, way easier than I thought! Those look delicious!

  16. ooooh that looks really delicious!! My kids would LOVE them!

  17. Betty B. says

    As soon as I read “These tasted just like the apple cider doughnuts we get from the orchard” I was sold!!! I’m going to try these with my little guys!

  18. These look delicious. Seriously…fabulous! Perfect timing too;)

  19. These look and sound SO GOOD! My daughter just got some apples from the apple orchard I bet she would love to make these!

  20. I have never had apple rings before, but how yummy!

  21. I’ve never seen fried apple rings before. What a brilliant idea. I need to get my son in the kitchen more and try some of these recipes out.

  22. This is amazing!!

  23. YUMM! I want to make these now, they look so good.

  24. Oh my goodness, why have I never known about these before? I have got to make some for the boys, they look so delicious.

  25. OMG and does it taste just like apple pie?!!! *I die* I LOVE apple pie!!!

  26. Oh gosh, these look sinful. We don’t eat anything fried. But that doesn’t mean these aren’t delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Those look so yummy! I’m sure my girls would enjoy making and savoring them!

  28. Kristin Goodson says

    These look amazing! Love the pictures you add.. I am more apt to make something if I have visuals. We love apples and these look like yummy treats!


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