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Easy Fried Apple Pies

Remember fried apple pies from McDonald's? We're bringing them back.

Updated January 16, 2018
Easy Fried Apple Pies
Easy Fried Apple Pies
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These easy fried apple pies are almost too simple to make... you'll want to cook them all the time once you find out how easy they are! These fried apple pies are made with premade pie crust, for a dessert recipe that you don't have to stress about. Hot and gooey apple pie filling sit inside of refrigerated pie crust and the outside is dusting with sugar for extra sweetness.

This is literally the easiest apple hand pie recipe you're likely to come across. It will even remind you of the fried apple pies McDonald's used to make! Thank goodness you don't have to miss out on that delicious dessert. All you have to do is make a fantastic version at home, sit back, and enjoy!

Serves8 hand pies


  • 1 cup prepared apple pie filling
  • 1 package (2 rounds) refrigerated pie crust
  • oil for frying
  • sugar for sprinkling


  1. Carefully roll out pie dough.  Cut 4 circles from each round.

  2. On half of each circle, top with 2 tablespoons of pie filling.  Fold other half over and crimp well to seal.  Repeat with all dough circles.

  3. Heat oil in a deep pan to 350 degrees F.

  4. Carefully fry each pie for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.  Sprinkle generously with sugar while hot. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating

    NOTE: Contents will be hot!

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The presentation of these copycat fried apple pies is mouthwatering. I love me some apple pies from McDonald's but like everything, they just are not as good as they use to be. I am hoping this will take me back to the 80's and be a great apple pie.

Our McDonald's is still open as I post this and this recipe is making me want to run out and get one. I like to find knock-off recipes and try them just to see how close they come. This is a very easy version for an apple pie so I think I will bypass the local drive-thru and grab the ingredients to make these pies myself.

That's it. I'm making these, no questions asked, no doubt about it. How can you possibly go wrong with this easy little recipe. Just throw together some store bought ingredients, and voila, no fuss, no muss, no bother, you have delicious fresh apple pies. I'm going to make them with a glaze on top, just to switch it up a bit.

This recipe seems super easy and I love McDonald's pies. I like the idea of making them with different ingredients. I also like that you can fry them in a regular pan and not have to pull out the deep fryer. Has anyone tried these and do they stay together well or does the filling end up oozing out? Does anyone use a special tool for crimping or just fork tines?

I would like to make these pies, only bake them. What would be the oven temp and baking time?

These would be great to pack in lunches for school or work. They would be so much better than the ones you can buy at the store and more economical if you the ingredients on sale. You could make all kinds of fried pies using different fillings. Cherry, blueberry, peach.

I think I will try to make this for my family for Valentine's Day dessert. I wonder if anyone has tried to make this using a different kind of oil? I like using peanut oil for most of my frying. Though I mainly make savory dishes. I am wondering if anyone has tried another oil? Can't wait to make this dessert!!

Yes, I would love to know how to make this completely homemade too. I love working with copycat recipes so I can see if they really taste so close to the real thing that you can fool someone else into thinking it is the original. Thanks for putting this one up, I want to try it but with a few variations if it does not pan out this way.

Where's the recipe for the filling of the apple pie McDonald's


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