How to Make Fried Apple Pies

Get the step-by-step process for how to make fried apple pies, a Southern classic dessert. This recipe is easy to follow and yields a delicious, flaky pie that’s perfect for a fall treat!

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1 (14.1 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter
Extra sugar
Vanilla ice cream, optional

Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, unroll crusts. Press each into a 12-in. circle; trim even with rim of pan. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour and spices; set aside 1 tablespoon for topping. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat. Line bottom and sides of pan with one crust; trim even with rim. Add filling; dot with butter. Roll remaining crust to a 1/4-in.-thick circle. Place over filling; trim, seal and flute edge. Cut slits in several places on top. Sprinkle with reserved sugar mixture. Cover edge loosely with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning if necessary. Bake 25 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour before serving warm or cold with ice cream if desired


Fryer- A deep fryer will work the best, but you can also use a large pot with about 2-3 inches of oil.

Thermometer- This isn’t required, but it will help ensure your oil is the correct temperature.

Rolling Pin- You’ll need this to roll out the dough.

Cutter- Use a large biscuit cutter, glass or anything else with a circular shape to cut out the pies.

Paper Towels- Used to drain the excess oil from the pies.

pie dough (homemade or store bought)
apples, peeled and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
sugar (about 1/4 cup)
cinnamon (about 1 teaspoon)

Prepping the Apples

The first step to making your fried apple pies is to prep the apples. You will need about 6-7 cups of thinly sliced granny smith apples.start by peeling and coring the apples. Then, use a sharp knife to thinly slice the apples. Set the prepared apples aside in a bowl.

Making the Crust

1/2 cup shortening
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 to 7 tablespoons cold water

1.In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
2.Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and stir with a fork until the mixture forms a ball. If necessary, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time. Divide the dough in half, and shape each into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
3.On a lightly floured surface, roll one disk of dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 5-inch biscuit cutter or glass dipped in flour, cut out rounds of dough. Gather the scraps together, roll out to 1/8 inch thickness, and cut out additional rounds of dough. Repeat with remaining disk of dough. You should have 12 rounds total.

Filling and Frying the Pies

Once you have your pies assembled, it’s time to fill and fry them. The filling can be as simple as apple pie filling or you can get creative and add in some other flavors like blueberry or cherry.

To fill the pies, simplyPlace 1/4 cup of filling in the center of each pie. Wet your finger and run it around the edge of the dough. Fold the dough over the filling, making sure to seal all the edges well.

Once the pies are filled, heat about 2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Carefully place the pies in the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve warm with a sprinkle of sugar or cinnamon sugar.


These pies can be served hot or cold, but are best when served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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