These fried apple pies taste just like the ones that McDonald’s used to sell – the REAL Mcdonald’s fried pie from your childhood!
Enjoy delicious bites filled with nostalgia when you make this fried apple pie recipe.
While we didn’t actually eat out much when I was growing up, I did develop a love for McDonald’s™ fried apple pie on vacations or special occasions.
Crisp, flaky crust oozing with a thick spiced filling and tender chunks of tart fruit — my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Fried Apple Pies
Now you can devour this heavenly dessert whenever you want, without ever having to leave your kitchen. Simply cook up the filling, add it to puff pastry sheets, seal, and fry.
Even better, this fried apple pie recipe uses mostly pantry staples. As long as you have a package of puff pastry in the freezer and a couple of apples, you’re ready to go!
Another use for the pastry can be found in our delicious Italian Pastry Cream recipe!!
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Thaw the puff pastry. Before you start anything else, remove the package from the freezer and roll out the sheets on a floured surface. It will soften while you make the filling.
- Which apples to use? This homemade fried apple pie recipe is very forgiving, so feel free to use your favorite varieties. I like the sweet and tart combination of Gala and Granny Smith.
- Chop small. Cut the apples into chunks about ½-inch in length. Smaller pieces will soften faster and more consistently.
- Tip for sealing the edges: Have a small bowl of water nearby, then dip your finger and run it along the edge of the dough. The moisture will hold the edges together until you seal them with a fork. You could also use a small pastry brush instead of your finger if desired.
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Fried Apple Pies FAQ
Which apples are in a McDonald’s fried apple pie?
According to the restaurant’s website, they now use a blend of American grown apples including Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Gala, Idared, and Fuji.
What is the best oil for frying desserts?
Neutral oils with a high smoke point such as vegetable or canola are great for any type of deep frying.
For dessert recipes, you could also use coconut oil since the natural sweetness will blend into the food. Be sure to use a refined oil (not virgin or expeller-pressed), because it can withstand higher temperatures.
Do you cook apples before putting them in pie?
For the traditional baked version, slices are often left raw since they will soften during the extended time in the oven.
When making handheld fried apple pies, there isn’t enough time for the fruit to become tender so it should be cooked first.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Fabulous Copycat Desserts
- Dole Whip Recipe (Pineapple)
- Cinnabon Cinnamon Sticks
- McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
- Disney Butterfinger Cupcakes
Crispy Fried Apple Pies
- 2 cups 1/2” diced apples
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- neutral oil, vegetable, canola or coconut oil
- 2 sheets puff pastry, 1 package
- 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 the heat, stir in vanilla. Set aside to cool.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan with deep sides, heat about 1-2” 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 a floured work surface. Place 1/4 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 the 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 1-2 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!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published November 2011, updated and republished March 2022
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