The Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe (Homemade)

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The Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe (Homemade)

Happy First Day of Fall!

In true Cara fashion, I couldn’t resist but to share one of my favorite classic Fall desserts with you today- Fried Apple Pies!

But not just any plain ol’ fried apple pies recipe, THE BEST fried apple pies recipe made completely homemade from scratch. 

Because, just like my 3-Ingredient Biscuits, Easy Poptarts, and Best EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies, some things are just better made homemade!

When it comes to these fried apple pies, I truly believe that you don’t want to cut any corners by using canned biscuits or pre-made pastry dough. 

These homemade, old-fashioned, Amish-style fried apple pies feature a tender, flaky, buttery, made-from-scratch pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze that looks similar to Mcdonald’s fried apple pies, but are WAY better. 

These fried apple pies are insanely delicious, and best of all they’re SUPER easy to make! 

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 The Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe

Fried Apple Pies are that classic Fall dessert you can’t resist making on a cool Fall day.

That’s exactly what happened this past weekend and eating these homemade fried apple pies warmed us right up! 

Despite being completely homemade, these Amish-Style Fried Apple Pies are super easy to make and the end result is a tender, flaky, buttery pie crust, filled with a delicious cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet glaze that hardens to perfection. 

Although these fried apple pies are a little different from many fried apple pie recipes out there that use canned biscuit dough, they’re truly the best fried apple pies you’ll ever eat, and they’re not hard to make. 

I found the recipe a few years ago in an old Amish cookbook and I’m so glad I did!

These Southern fried apple hand pies are great for making when you have guests over and you really want to wow them. You’ll have a hard time not wanting to make multiple batches of these delicious fried apple pies, and trust me when I say everyone will be begging you for the recipe! 

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There's nothing better than Southern Fried Apple Pies in the Fall! Check out my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe that's made completely homemade from scratch! These old fashioned Amish-Style Fried Apple Hand Pies are so easy and delicious with a tender, flaky, and buttery pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. #friedapplepies #applepie #falldesserts

Homemade Fried Apple Pies Recipe

My old fashioned fried apple pies have three main components – a buttery pie crust that’s made from scratch, a perfectly sweet/tart apple pie filling, and a powdered sugar glaze that makes these pies delicious and beautiful! 

 

Pie Crust – The homemade pie crust is perfection with a super tender and buttery inside and a flaky/crunchy outside.

Apple Filling – The diced apple pie filling is made from a combination of granny smith apples and red delicious for the perfect balance of sweet/sour and flavored to perfection with brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Glaze – Lastly, these fried apple pies are coated in a sweet powdered sugar glaze that hardens and looks so beautiful! 

 

Tools You’ll Need to Make Fried Apple Pies:

To make my best fried apple pies recipe you don’t need any crazy fancy tools, but I’ve included a list of recommended tools below. 

If nothing else, make sure you have a deep cast iron pot like this for frying your apple pies and a rolling pin for making your fried pie dough.

If you want your fried apple pies to look like mine in the photos, grab this affordable pastry wheel for easy cutting/crimped edges and this pastry brush for glazing your pies with ease! 

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Homemade Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe FAQ’s

What are the best apples for fried apple pies? 

My favorite combination for fried apple pies is a granny smith and red delicious. It gives the pie filling a perfect sweet/tart flavor! 

Other apples that are great choices include Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Gala, as these will all hold their shape when cooked.

 

What is the easiest way to fry these fried apple hand pies?

There’s a couple different ways you can make these fried apple hand pies, but I’ve personally found the two easiest methods are to use either a deep cast iron pot like this or a deep fryer

If you’re short on space or don’t deep fry a lot, go with a dutch oven pot, but if you frequently deep fry foods, this 4-quart deep fryer is the best! 

Both of these methods will help you achieve perfectly golden, flaky, and delicious fried apple pies. 

 

Are homemade fried apple pies better/healthier than store-bought? 

Yes, absolutely! Once you make a batch of these fried hand pies you’ll never want to eat another store-bought fried apple pie again.

They also totally put McDonald’s fried apple pies to shame! 

Not only do they taste better, but they’re way healthier and not loaded with a ton of preservatives and unknown ingredients.

Because you’re making them from scratch, you control the ingredients and can easily adjust based on your dietary needs. 

 

How do I store fried apple pies?

Leftover fried apple pies can be wrapped in a paper towel or tea cloth and stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

You can also refrigerate them and re-heat in the microwave if desired, although they will be softer than when they were freshly made. 

 

 

 

There's nothing better than Southern Fried Apple Pies in the Fall! Check out my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe that's made completely homemade from scratch! These old fashioned Amish-Style Fried Apple Hand Pies are so easy and delicious with a tender, flaky, and buttery pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. #friedapplepies #applepie #falldesserts

How to Make Fried Apple Pies (Amish-Style)

To make these delicious homemade fried apple pies, you’ll start first by making the apple pie filling.

Apple Pie Filling

First, peel, core, and dice 2 large apples into small cubes. I used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Red Delicious for the perfect sweet/sour combo.

Next, combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until juices start to form for about 3 minutes.

Next, combine the apple cider (or apple juice) and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour into the saucepan and turn the heat up to high and cook for an additional 3 minute, stirring constantly, or until the mixture has thickened up. Remove from heat and set aside. 

There's nothing better than Southern Fried Apple Pies in the Fall! Check out my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe that's made completely homemade from scratch! These old fashioned Amish-Style Fried Apple Hand Pies are so easy and delicious with a tender, flaky, and buttery pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. #friedapplepies #applepie #falldesserts

Homemade Pie Dough

Next, it’s time to make the homemade pie dough. Start by sifting the flour in a large mixing bowl. Next, cut the cold butter into cubes and using a pastry cutter begin to work the flour until all the butter is tiny lumps.

In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks and salt together. Microwave the milk for 30 second intervals until steaming hot. 

A little at a time, begin to pour in the hot milk with the egg mixture and stir constantly.

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There's nothing better than Southern Fried Apple Pies in the Fall! Check out my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe that's made completely homemade from scratch! These old fashioned Amish-Style Fried Apple Hand Pies are so easy and delicious with a tender, flaky, and buttery pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. #friedapplepies #applepie #falldesserts

Lastly, pour the milk and egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until your dough has formed.

Next, place the dough onto parchment paper and knead for about 1 minute or until the dough is smooth-looking. 

Next, divide the pie dough into 6 equal sized pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Using a rolling pin or a glass, roll each ball out into circles. (Don’t worry about your circle not being perfectly round, we will be cutting away the excess once it is folded.)

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There's nothing better than Southern Fried Apple Pies in the Fall! Check out my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe that's made completely homemade from scratch! These old fashioned Amish-Style Fried Apple Hand Pies are so easy and delicious with a tender, flaky, and buttery pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. #friedapplepies #applepie #falldesserts

How to Make the Fried Apple Pies

Fill each circle with 2 tablespoons of apple pie filling and fold the dough in half. Next, pinch the edges together to seal, and if desired cut away the excess with a pastry wheel or pizza cutter. You can always use your excess to make another pie.

Crimp down the edges with a fork to ensure all the filling stays intact when frying. 

There's nothing better than Southern Fried Apple Pies in the Fall! Check out my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe that's made completely homemade from scratch! These old fashioned Amish-Style Fried Apple Hand Pies are so easy and delicious with a tender, flaky, and buttery pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. #friedapplepies #applepie #falldesserts

There's nothing better than Southern Fried Apple Pies in the Fall! Check out my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe that's made completely homemade from scratch! These old fashioned Amish-Style Fried Apple Hand Pies are so easy and delicious with a tender, flaky, and buttery pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. #friedapplepies #applepie #falldesserts

There's nothing better than Southern Fried Apple Pies in the Fall! Check out my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe that's made completely homemade from scratch! These old fashioned Amish-Style Fried Apple Hand Pies are so easy and delicious with a tender, flaky, and buttery pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. #friedapplepies #applepie #falldesserts

How to Fry Fried Apple Pies

Next, heat up oil in a deep fryer or a deep sauce pan to 350 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can always use the wooden spoon trick by sticking it in the center of the pot. If small bubbles form around the handle, then it’s ready.

Add your pies into the hot oil one at a time and fry for about 2 minutes per side, or until a light golden brown.

Place fried apple pies on a paper towel to dry. 

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Homemade Powdered Sugar Glaze

While your pies are frying, make the glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until it is smooth. You will want to glaze the pies pretty quickly after they’ve fried and while they are still warm.

I recommend using a pastry brush to create a beautiful glaze on both sides, but you can also drizzle the icing on top or dip it into the glaze in a shallow bowl. 

No matter which way you glaze these pies, they are absolutely delicious! 

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The Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe (Homemade)

  • Author: Kindly Unspoken
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Craving fried apple pies this Fall season? Then try my Best Fried Apple Pies Recipe! These homemade, old-fashioned, Amish-style fried apple pies feature a tender, flaky, buttery, made-from-scratch pie crust, a cinnamon sugar apple pie filling, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze.


Ingredients

Scale

Apple Pie Filling

  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced (I used 1 granny smith and 1 red gala)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cider (or apple juice)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Pie Dough

  • 2 cups self-rising flour, sifted
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup HOT milk*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pie Glaze

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying

Instructions

  • To make these delicious fried apple pies, you’ll start first by making the homemade apple pie filling. First, peel, core, and dice 2 large apples into small cubes. I used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Red Delicious for the perfect sweet/sour combo.
  • Next, combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until juices start to form for about 3 minutes. Next, combine the apple cider (or apple juice) and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour into the saucepan and turn the heat up to high and cook for an additional 3 minute, stirring constantly, or until the mixture has thickened up. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Next, it’s time to make the homemade pie dough. Start by sifting the flour in a large mixing bowl. Next, cut the cold butter into cubes and using a pastry cutter begin to work the flour until all the butter is tiny lumps. In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks and salt together. Microwave the milk at 30 second intervals until steaming hot. A little at a time, begin to pour in the hot milk to the egg mixture and stir constantly.
  • Lastly, pour the milk and egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until your dough has formed. Next, place the dough onto parchment paper and knead for about 1 minute or until the dough is smooth-looking.
  • Next, divide the pie dough into 6 equal sized pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Using a rolling pin or a glass, roll each ball out into circles. (Don’t worry about your circle not being perfectly round, we will be cutting away the excess once it is folded.)
  • Fill each circle with 2 tablespoons of apple pie filling and fold the dough in half. Next, pinch the edges together to seal, and if desired cut away the excess with a pastry wheel or pizza cutter. (You can always use your excess to make another pie) Crimp down the edges with a fork to ensure all the filling stays intact when frying.
  • Next, heat up oil in a deep fryer or a deep sauce pan to 350 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can always use the wooden spoon trick by sticking it in the center of the pot. If small bubbles form around the handle, then it’s ready.
  • Add your pies into the hot oil one at a time and fry for about 2 minutes per side, or until a light golden brown. Place fried apple pies on a paper towel to dry.
  • While your pies are frying, make the glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until it is smooth. You will want to glaze the pies pretty quickly after they’ve fried and while they are still warm. I recommend using a pastry brush to create a beautiful glaze on both sides, but you can also drizzle the icing on top or dip it into the glaze in a shallow bowl.
  • Let glaze set for a few minutes and then enjoy your delicious fried apple pies!

Notes

How to Store Leftover Fried Apple Pies

Leftover fried apple pies can be wrapped in a paper towel or tea cloth and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also refrigerate them and re-heat in the microwave if desired, although they will be softer than when they were freshly made.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s recipe for my Homemade Fried Apple Pies! Have you ever made fried apple hand pies from scratch? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thanks for stopping by! – Cara

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  1. Patti wrote:

    Hot milk, how hot and enlighten us if you put in microwave or put in pan and how you determine when it is hot enough. Thanks

    Posted 6.24.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Patti, Apologies for not clarifying this in the recipe – I will update it. I usually microwave the milk in a microwave safe bowl or glass for 30 second intervals until it is steaming hot. How long will depend on your microwave, so make sure you stir it each time you check it so that it doesn’t burn. I hope that helps and I hope you love them!

      Posted 6.26.21 Reply
  2. Cheryl Eckley wrote:

    Could you make these with almond flour and add baking powder to make it self rising? Just asking for a friend who doesn’t like to bake with regular flour. I didn’t have self rising flour I had to add baking powder to make it self rising wasn’t sure if almond flour would work.

    Posted 5.27.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Cheryl, great question! You should be able to replace the Almond Flour, although the texture of the crust will be different. I recommend using 2 cups almond flour, 4 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp salt. Hope that helps!

      Posted 5.31.21 Reply
  3. Teri wrote:

    Could these be assembled. Then put in the freezer till ready to fry?

    Posted 5.9.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Teri, I haven’t personally tried making them ahead, but I don’t think it would be a problem. I recommend assembling them, placing them on a cookie sheet or tray and freezing them for 30 mins-1 hour, then placing in a freezer safe bag (that way they don’t stick together). If you try, let me know how it turns out and I’ll add it to the recommendations for other readers. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

      Posted 5.10.21 Reply
  4. Kera wrote:

    I actually decided to use sour apple pucker instead of apple juice or cider. I must say they turned out excellent.

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      That sounds delicious! Glad they turned out awesome! šŸ™‚

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  5. Kera wrote:

    Could you use applesauce instead of apple cider or juice?

    Posted 4.17.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hmm, I haven’t tried that but it would probably work. It’s mostly just for adding extra flavor. Let me know if it turns out! šŸ™‚

      Posted 4.18.21 Reply
  6. Karen Hooper wrote:

    Why do my fried pies get soft and lumpy after a couple hours! Why???

    Posted 2.16.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Karen, sorry to hear that’s happening. It could be that you’re storing them in a way that’s creating moisture to occur on the pies. I recommend that leftover fried apple pies be wrapped in a paper towel or tea cloth and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also set them in your microwave.

      Posted 2.17.21 Reply
  7. April wrote:

    Do you use self rising flour or all purpose?

    Posted 12.5.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi April, I personally used self-rising flour, but you can use either one.

      Posted 12.9.20 Reply