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Amish Apple Fry Pies

We're taking you into the country with this recipe for Amish fry pies!

Updated June 29, 2018
Amish Apple Fry Pies
Amish Apple Fry Pies
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If you're unfamiliar with the term "fry pie," let me fill you in on what you've been missing out on. A fry pie is a handheld dessert made by wrapping pie filling with a crust and frying it. How can that be anything but delicious? The Amish have perfected fry pies, and this recipe from our Test Kitchen is an apple pie version. Our Amish Apple Fry Pies are covered in a vanilla glaze, so as long as you don't mind getting sticky, you can happily eat one with your hands. These mini pies are absolutely delicious, and because the filling, dough, and glaze are all made from scratch, you can be proud of your creation. Amish Apple Fry Pies are incredibly easy to make, and your friends will be wowed!

Preparation Time45 min

Cooking Time15 min


  • For the buns
  • 2 large gala apples, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • store-bought pie crust
  • For the icing
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Amish Apple Fry Pies


  1. Combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the apples are slightly softened and have released their juices, about 5 minutes.

  2. Whisk together the water and cornstarch in a small bowl until a slurry forms.

  3. Pour the slurry into the apple mixture, stirring continuously as you continue to cook for 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken and the apples will be soft.  

  4. Remove the filling mixture from the heat, add the lemon juice, and set aside to cool.

  5. Using a circular cookie cutter, cut out 6 circles out of the pie dough.

  6. Place 2 tablespoons of apple pie filling on each circle.

  7. Fold the dough circle in half over the filling and press down on the edges to seal.

  8. Fold or crimp the edges so that the pies stay closed while frying.

  9. In a large saucepan heat about 3 cups of oil to 350°F.

  10. Place two pies in the oil at a time and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.

  11. Remove pies and place on paper towels.

  12. Repeat until all pies are fried.

  13. To make the glaze, combine the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and milk in a small saucepan. Whisk in the vanilla extract and a cup of the powdered sugar.

  14. Drizzle the glaze on top of the pies and serve.

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