Thursday, May 18, 2017

McDonald’s Copycat Fried Apple Pies

Visions of McDonald's RETRO Fried Apple Pies have been dancing in my head.  Remember those from the 80's? Crisp flaky, heavenly pie crust oozing with thick apple pie filling and tender chunks of spiced apple. 

I had to create a copycat recipe to cure my hankering for my favorite apple pies from my childhood.  Now you can enjoy one (or 6) too!

My family actually didn't eat out much as I was growing up.  My mom made sure we had a home cooked meal every night we were home.  I would get so excited about stopping for fast food during our vacations.  I have a few favorites, but when I think about McDonald's I remember those fabulous fried apple pies.

To have my copycat fresh apple pie in my hand was like a dream come true.,  Just like the original it is crisp flaky pie crust oozing with thick spiced apple pie filling and tender chunks of tart and sweet apples.  Purely heaven.  We devoured these and I am sure you will too.


With love from our Kitchen Table to yours.  XOXO

Do you  love TSRI?  Don't miss another recipe.  Click here to Subscribe to The Slow Roasted Italian by Email and receive new recipes in your inbox every day!

Don't miss these favorite copycat recipes.   Click on the image or the link to open in a new window.

Red Lobster Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits are light and flaky, garlicky cheddar drop biscuits glistening with butter and speckled with parsley.  Slightly crisp on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside.

Copycat Magic Shell, with only 2 ingredients!

Copycat Wendy's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce perfect for chicken nuggets, fries and even on a spoon!


McDonald’s Copycat Fried Apple Pies
serves 6

2 cups ½” diced apples, (peeled, cored and diced) approx 2-3 medium apples (I used 1 gala and 1 granny smith apple)
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
½ cup water
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
neutral oil (vegetable, canola or coconut oil)
2 sheets Puff Pastry

Remove puff pastry from freezer, unwrap pastry and place on a floured work surface to thaw.

Meanwhile; in a large saucepan over medium heat combine apples, lemon juice, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Mix well.  Stir occasionally until mixture begins to bubble.

Meanwhile combine water and flour in a mason jar or container.  Shake to combine.  Add to pot.  Continue boiling, stirring constantly until apples are softened, approximately 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.  Set aside to cool.

In a heavy-bottomed pan with deep sides, heat about 1” oil to 350 degrees.

Meanwhile, using a sharp knife cut each pasty sheet into 3 equal long pieces.  Lay pasty sheet strips out horizontally on floured work surface.  Place ¼ cup apple pie filling on the left half of each dough strip.  Moisten your clean fingers and wet the edge of the pastry.  Gently pick up the right side of the dough and fold dough on top of the left side, encasing the filling (if any filling seeps out push it back in).

Gently press along the edge with the tines of a fork.  Once all pies are assembled fry them 2 at a time.  Cook for 3-4 minutes total, carefully flipping them over halfway through.  Remove pies from oil when they are a nice golden brown.  Place pies on a stack of paper towels.  Sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon.  Repeat until all pies are cooked.

Serve and enjoy!

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2013 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved

Originally published 11/4/13


  1. you can also use Grands flakey biscuits rolled out thin

  2. G'day! I must admit I used to love these apple pies by McDonald's true!
    Based on your photo, I might have to put these back on my list to do! :)
    Cheers! Joanne

    1. I have made them a number of times now. Everyone who has had them says that they taste almost identical to McDonalds Apple Pie. Have cheated and used canned (Tinned) apples, just added more Cinnamon. Made the dough and it still tastes like McDonalds.

  3. instead of telling me other recipes that i should try, i would appreciate more step-by-step pictures. this is a recipe i will definitely try!

    1. Jelena, I appreciate the feedback. Our readers love our recipe suggestions on each post.

      Our recipe is written step by step. If you need help with a recipe I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

    2. I agree with Jelena. It's helpful to have a visual along with the steps.

    3. I agree, pictures to go along with the instructions would be very helpful

    4. Your recipes are always amazing. Thank you for sharing them. I have to agree with others about the instructions. A video would be helpful for those of us who are visual.

    5. Your recipes are always amazing. Thank you for sharing them. I have to agree with others about the instructions. A video would be helpful for those of us who are visual.

  4. Love this and your other recipes! Yours are the best of all the rest--always! Would it be possible to add the nutritional content for each recipe, or at least calories and some of the other info found on purchased products? That info is the only thing I can think of that would make me love your work and your recipes better! Thanks for being there for us!

  5. Wow, I may have to make these sometime.

    Your experience of eating out being a rare treat sounds a lot like my childhood too.

    I remember being so disappointed when they changed their recipe to a non-fried version.

  6. don't understand how to wrap them in the dough

  7. If you need pictures, find a cookbook, online or in hand, with directions for danish pastry. I learned this in home ec classes in school. It sounds way harder than it is. It is worth the effort.

  8. Thank you for this recipe! Even the McDonald's apple pies of today (only half-filled) are not nearly as good. One question: do you prick the top of the pastry after folding or should they be completely sealed when frying?

  9. Can canned/jar apple pie filling be substituted?! If so, should be filling be cooked prior to filling the dough?

    1. Jonetta, yes, canned pie filling can be used & no, it doesn't need to be cooked before hand :)

  10. I used to love those pies, but these look so much better!


If you really like a post, please Facebook and give it a THUMBS UP or Pin It on Pinterest!

We love to hear your comments and hear when you have used a recipe. ❤ ❤ ❤