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Green Apple Dessert Latkes


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How Do You Make Latkes With Apples?

The same way you make latkes with potatoes and other veggies. Potato latkes (potato pancakes) are one of my favorite things to make. You can make them with a store-bought boxed mix, with leftover mashed potatoes, or with shredded vegetables. I even made some Chanukkah latkes out of leftover stuffing and applesauce. The possibilities are almost endless. Some latkes are savory and others can be sweet. These apple latkes are on the sweet and tart side. If Granny Smith apples are too tart for you, try this recipe using your favorite type of apples instead.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min

12-15 latkes

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  • 3 Granny Smith apples, shredded
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • Oil for frying
  • Cool Whip, for garnish
  • Cinnamon sugar, for garnish


  1. Wash apples and slice in half. Remove and discard cores and seeds. Shred apples with grater.
  2. Combine shredded apples with flour, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, lemon juice and sugars. Toss until grated apples are well coated.
  3. In separate bowl beat eggs. Add to apple mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Carefully drop dollops of mixture into oil and flatten tops with back of fork if necessary. Fry over medium high heat until golden and crispy. Flip and cook other side until golden and crispy. Use more oil as needed. Remove with spatula and rest briefly on paper towels.
  5. Transfer latkes to baking racks and keep warm in 350° F oven for up to 30 minutes and serve.

Tips for Making Great Apple Latkes

  • Latke preparation usually calls for wringing excess water from the shredded potatoes. Apples aren't as watery when shredded and you can easily skip that step.
  • Use your favorite kind of apple or even mix up the flavor notes by combining two or three different kinds of apples.
  • Only cook a few latkes at a time to keep your oil at a constant temperature. This ensures even cooking from the first batch to the last.
  • Drain latkes on paper towels only briefly. This helps absorb excess oil before transferring to a baking rack and placing in oven.
  • Keep latkes in a 350° oven for about 30 minutes and then serve. This helps to keep them warm and crispy for your guests.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container and reheat in oven before serving.
  • These latkes can be made in advance. Fry, let cool, and refrigerate. Place in 350° oven for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with whipped cream, yogurt, vanilla ice cream, cottage cheese, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
Ditch the lemon juice in a bottle; squeeze them fresh!

Ditch the lemon juice in a bottle; squeeze them fresh!

Freshly Squeezed Real Lemon Juice vs. the Other Stuff

Many times we use bottled lemon juice or lazy lemon because it lasts a lot longer than lemons do and therefore is easier to buy, keep, store and use. It's also full of chemicals and preservatives that help it last as long as it does. If possible, try to use the real stuff AKA a real lemon. It tastes better and is better for you in the long run.

If you only need a little lemon juice for a recipe, try to buy the smallest lemon you can. If you still have leftover juice, use it for cleaning. A lemon is the best way to get stubborn food stains off of a white cutting board. Have Tupperware with food stains and odors? Soak it in warm water and a little lemon juice. Don't throw away that unused lemon—put it to work!

Heather Says

These apple latkes taste great on their own but when served with ice cream they can really mimic warm apple pie a la mode! I love baking and cooking with apples-- especially granny smith apples. This recipe is perfect for fall and tastes warm and comforting when it's cold outside. I love to eat mine right out of the oven with a dollop of Cool Whip. How would you eat yours?

© 2013 Heather


Chantelle Porter from Ann Arbor on July 05, 2015:

These look great. Perfect for Hanukkah.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 09, 2015:

Great recipe, Heather. Looks delicious too. I never had latkes before and would love to give it a try. Voted up for useful.

lauragee from Pittsburgh, PA on April 04, 2014:

these look great!

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 09, 2014:

@Glimmer Twin Fan-- The thought of bad potato latkes breaks my little heart. I'm sorry to hear that :( I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub and I hope you get to give these a try. Thanks for the pin, too :)

@randomcreative-- Thanks for stopping by. I'm always happy to inspire! Take care :)

Claudia Mitchell on January 02, 2014:

These look wonderful. I had bad potato latkes once, so I won't eat them, but I will definitely try these. Nice way to sneak a fruit in for my daughter too. Pinned.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 12, 2013:

Dessert latkes...so inspired! I love it.

Heather (author) from Arizona on December 11, 2013:

@rebeccamealey-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I too love potato latkes so much that I make them every other week or so :)

@Hady Chahine-- Thanks so much for the kind comments! I would love to share with you if we were neighbors. I'm glad you stopped by :)

@Dolores Monet-- Thanks so much for the visit, vote, and comment. I especially love feedback about my photos as it always makes my day! Thanks again :)

@purl3agony-- Caramel sauce sounds too yummy! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by :)

@torrilynn-- Thanks for reading and voting. I'm glad you stopped by :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 11, 2013:

I could definitely go for apple latkes. I love the potato ones, thanks!

Hady Chahine from Manhattan Beach on December 09, 2013:

I wish you were my neighbor because this looks delicious and I don't cook. Urrr! Now I have to share your recipe with a friend and beg or offer something in trade if I'm going to ever taste this fantastic looking treat! Thanks and voted up. ; )

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 09, 2013:

Oh yum! This looks so good! Your pictures are wonderful. I really like to see recipes that are illustrated, they are so much more informative! (Voted up, etc)

Donna Herron from USA on December 08, 2013:

Sounds delicious! I might be tempted to add a little drizzle of warm caramel sauce with the ice cream or cool whip. This would be a nice dessert for a dinner party or holiday gathering. Thanks!!

torrilynn on December 08, 2013:

I love green apple seems like the perfect recipe and treat. Thanks. Voted up.

Heather (author) from Arizona on December 07, 2013:

Thanks, RTalloni! I'm glad you stopped by. You'll have to come back and let me know how they came out :)

RTalloni on December 07, 2013:

A keeper here, for sure. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Nice overall job on this hub, too.

Heather (author) from Arizona on December 07, 2013:

Thanks, ElleBee! I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. I also love to put green apples in my salads all year long. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today :)

ElleBee on December 07, 2013:

I love, love, love granny smith apples (and anything made with them). I am totally storing this away for next apple picking season :) They look super yummy. You can bet that if I find a good price on apples I won't be waiting til next fall to try this recipe.

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