Home · Recipes · Pies & Tarts Fried Apple Pie Author: Maryanne CabreraPublished: Sep 18, 2018Updated: Sep 29, 2023 View Recipe2 ReviewsThis post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. Elevated homemade fried apple pies inspired by the famous McDonald’s version. What’s better than baked apple pie? Fried apple pie! Frying pie dough results in a crispier crust. Traditional apple pies and this salted caramel apple pie can take close to an hour of baking time. This handheld apple pie fries up in about 5 minutes! Recipe Components Homemade Pie Dough : made with a combination of butter and shortening Apple Filling : mixture of Gala and Granny Smith apples cooked with cinnamon and sugar Frying Oil : Carefully deep fry assembled pies in oil to achieve crispy exterior crust I wish I could tell you these taste like the McDonald’s apple pie. They don’t. This homemade fried apple pie recipe is so much better! United States McDonald’s locations stopped offering the traditional fried apple pies years ago. Only a handful of United States locations still have fried pies! Instead, they switched to a baked version. Homemade is the way to go to relive that same fried pie experience of childhood. Once you master this apple version, try out fried strawberry hand pies. There are several ways to finish the freshly fried pies. 1) Enjoy them as is without any additional coating. 2.) Coat them in cinnamon sugar like the image above. 3). Cover them with a sweet sugar glaze. Homemade Pie Dough Can you see those little pockets of fat marbled throughout the pie dough? Fat! Fat is the key to flaky pie crust. Your choice of butter, shortening, or lard will determine the level of pie crust flakiness. When making pie dough, it is VERY important to work with chilled ingredients. Cold flour, cold butter, ice cold water. It’s a good idea to keep chill all the pie dough ingredients in the freezer for a few minutes before beginning. Butter vs Shortening While I’m a fan of the flavors of all-butter crusts, shortening does a wonders for pie dough. Commercially sold unsalted butter is about 80% milk fat, 18% water, and 2% milk solids. Shortening is 100% fat. There are a ton of shortening options. I stick to Spectrum Shortening. The 100% vegetable shortening is my favorite. It’s not hydrogenated and it is made from organic palm oil. Shortening adds fat without additional moisture, making for a much flakier crust. This fried pie recipe benefits from using a combination of butter and shortening. You are able to enjoy the best of both ingredients: the flavors of butter with the added flakiness from the shortening. How to Assemble Hand Pies Roll out chilled pie dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. To ensure the pie dough is evenly rolled out, I suggest using these dough strips. Cut the dough into 10 cm by 6.5 cm rectangles. Gather any dough scrapes and re-roll ONCE. I don’t suggest re-rolling more than once. [You should have at least 20 rectangles (10 tops and 10 bottoms).] Brush egg wash along the perimeter of the rectangles. This will serve as border so the apple filling won’t ooze out (as much) during assembly. The egg wash also ensures that the top and bottom pieces stick together. Use fork tines to seal the edges together. Pop the assembled apple pies in the freezer while you heat the frying oil. How to Deep Fry Foods Frying 101Deep Fried Food SafetyMaintain proper oil temperature Keep the fryer oil between 350-365 degrees F. Oil may reach well over 400 degrees. DON’T let it get that hot! Oil is highly flammable Do not let the oil get in direct contact with burner flames. In this case, you might want to use an induction burner. Home kitchen should be equipped with a fire extinguisher. If a fire does flare up, DO NOT USE WATER to put out the fire. WATER will cause the oil to splatter and spread. Cover the pot with a lid or a large metal baking sheet. Carefully add foods to hot oil DO NOT DROP food into hot oil. This will cause the hot oil to splatter and you may get burned. Instead, use a slotted spoon or stainless steel spider to gently submerge the food into the oil. Serving Suggestions As with most fried foods, these apple pies are best served the same day they are fried. Serve apple pies warm, fresh from the fryer. For a decadent treat, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To further intensify the apple flavors, serve with homemade apple pie ice cream! Storage Instructions Keep any leftovers in a container at room temperature overnight. Keep in the fridge for longer storage up to three days. Gently reheat in a toaster oven or air fryer to warm up. However, it won’t have the same crisp texture as when it was first fried. The resulting fried apple pies are crispy, flaky, and oh so delicious. Just look at the texture of the pie crust in the image above! More Pie and Tart Recipes Apple Slab Pie Pear Frangipane Tart Persimmon Cranberry Pie Banana Truffle Pie Fried Apple Pies Fried apple hand pies are crispy, tender, and so delicious. Enjoy them as is or toss in cinnamon sugar. For the ultimate treat, serve with a scoop of ice cream! Prep Time: 35 minutes minutesCook Time: 10 minutes minutesChill Time:: 2 hours hours 15 minutes minutes Servings: 10 hand pies Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate Recipe IngredientsPie Dough:3 cups all-purpose flour (360 g)2 Tablespoon granulated sugar (30 g)1 tsp fine sea salt½ cup unsalted butter, (113 g) cut into small cubes½ cup all vegetable shortening* (92 g)1 tsp apple cider vinegar6 Tablespoon ice waterCinnamon Apple Filling:1 ¼ cup Gala apple, chopped in ½-inch pieces1 ½ cup Granny Smith apple, chopped into ½-inch pieces¼ cup granulated sugar¼ cup light brown sugar, packed1 tsp lemon juice½ tsp ground cinnamon¼ tsp kosher salt1 ½ tsp cornstarchEgg Wash:1 large eggpinch fine sea salt1 tsp waterCinnamon Sugar:⅓ cup (68 g) granulated sugar1 tsp ground cinnamonpinch ground nutmeg Instructions Pie Dough:In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Add cubed butter and shortening. Cover and let chill in the freezer for 5-8 minutes until ingredients are cold.Using a pastry blender (or two forks), cut cold butter and shortening into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse, pebbled sand. Add vinegar and ice water. Fold to combine until dough is a shaggy mess.Dump dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently knead until mixture comes together. Pat dough into a thickness of about 1/2-inch. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours (overnight is best).Cinnamon Apple Filling:In a small sauce pot, combine chopped apples, sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt. Set over medium heat and stir often until sugar has dissolved and apples have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cornstarch and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute and then remove from heat.At this point, the Gala apples will have significantly softened while the Granny Smith apples should be soft but still retain their shape. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to an airtight container and keep chilled in the fridge until ready to assemble. Assembly:Allow chilled dough to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. Cut dough into 4 portions. Working with one portion at a time, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out as many 10cm x 6.5 cm rectangles. Save any scrapes for later use.Repeat rolling out dough with remaining 3 portions. Gather scrapes and knead together. Re-roll out to 1/4-inch and cut out additional rounds.* You should have at least 20 rectangles (10 tops and 10 bottoms). Egg Wash: whisk together egg, salt, and water until well combined. Use a pastry brush to apply egg wash to the perimeter of pie dough rectangles (tops and bottoms). Spoon one tablespoon of cinnamon apple filling into the center of 10 rectangles. Invert remaining egg washed rectangles over filling. Ensure the egg washed portions are facing each other. Line up the edges of top and bottom pieces. Use the tines of a fork to seal edges together. Place assembled pies on a parchment (or wax paper) lined baking sheet. Cover and keep in the freezer while frying oil heats up, about 12-15 minutes.Fill a large pot (dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot works best at retaining heat) with 3-inches of vegetable oil or vegetable oil. Use a candy thermometer to measure and maintain temperature. Heat oil to 365 degrees F.Carefully place 2-3 chilled hand pies into hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden in color. Keep an eye on candy thermometer and adjust heat accordingly to maintain constant cooking temperature. Drain fried hand pies on wire rack or paper towel lined baking sheet. Allow to cool for 2 minutes before tossing in cinnamon sugar mixture.Cinnamon Sugar: Whisk together sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Apple hand pies can be served warm or at room temperature. These pies are best enjoyed the day they are cooked. Notes The combination of Gala and Granny Smith apples creates a slightly sweet, slightly tart flavor profile. The gala apples will soften and break down faster, while the Granny Smith will retain it’s shape. Apples can be peeled or unpeeled. I use this organic all vegetable shortening made from palm oil. These fried pies are best served the same day as frying. Frying in shortening results in an crispier exterior. Those fried in shortening will feel less greasy than oil-fried version. Use a candy thermometer to maintain proper cooking temperature. There will be leftover cinnamon apple filling. Use as dipping sauce or spoon over ice cream, pancakes, biscuits. Keeps covered in the fridge for up to three days. I do not suggest re-rolling the dough more than once. Fry up any remaining dough scrapes to make “pie chips” that you can dip in leftover apple filling! Author: Maryanne Cabrera Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanKeyword: fried apple pies, apple hand pies, fried pies, apple pie Did you make this recipe?Show us on Instagram! Tag @littleepicurean and hashtag #littleepicurean.