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Fried Apple Hand Pies #EasterSweetsWeek

by myroilist

Fried Apple Hand Pies are decadent and delicious treats to make for any special occasion or holiday and it’s a recipe guaranteed to please any sweet tooth. I am taking you through step by step on how to make Fried Apple Hand Pies. 

I am sharing one of my all- time favorite desserts for #EasterSweetsWeek! I grew up calling them “fried pies” but I guess most folks call them hand pies. Whatever you call them they are pure deliciousness.


Fried Apple Hand Pies

I think y’all know that I love just about anything deep fried. I’ve made Fried Lemon Hand Pies and Nutella Hand Pies, using store bought crust. Today, I’m so excited to have the most incredible homemade fried pie dough to share with you!

Welcome to this year’s #EasterSweetWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. We’re so glad that you’ve joined us for this week long event of Springtime and Easter dessert recipes! We’re sharing tons of treats this week plus a few fantastic giveaways! You’re going to love what we have in store for you.

I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are my own.

I signed up to participate in #EasterSweetsWeek because I knew it would get me off of the computer and in the kitchen to make something sweet and that’s just what I needed this week.

Sponsors for #EasterDessertsWeek sent Dixie Crystals Sugar, the coolest Anolon Square Springform Pan + a gorgeous Anolon Square Baker, tools from Microplane, Adam’s Best Vanilla and Lemon Extracts and the most gorgeous apples from Rainier Fruit.

How to Make Fried Apple Hand Pies:

I knew I wanted make something special with those gorgeous apples and fried pies immediately came to my mind.

Ingredients for Apple Pie Filling:

  •  Gala Apples
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt

I use an all butter pie crust when I’m making homemade pie crust but that just doesn’t work for deep frying. It just seems to go to pieces.

I was telling my mom that I was making fried apple pies and she wanted to know if I was using that recipe that has canned milk in it? Uh, no? But I’d like to….

The recipe came from her aunt’s recipe box and I’m sure it’s been around for ages but I’ve never had anything like it. It is a really soft dough that puffs up when you fry it and it’s so tender that it just melts in your mouth.

Ingredients for Fried Hand Pie Dough:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Shortening
  • Egg
  • Evaporated Milk

After mixing the dough, I refrigerated it while I prepared the filling. The dough was a little sticky and soft so I used a generous amount of flour to roll out the dough.

I used my 2 cup measure to cut the dough. My mom said she uses a small saucer and cuts around them with a knife.

I got a little over excited when I was frying them up and forgot to take any photos. I used a heavy skillet and fried 2-3 at a time in about 2 inches of vegetable oil. Then drained them on a paper towel lined rack placed in a cookie sheet.

They are so good right out of the frying pan. I couldn’t stop thinking about how good those little apple pies are from the grocery store. You know the ones that are coated in icing? Yes!

I made a quick glaze from the Dixie Crystals powdered sugar and milk. I completely dunked them pies in the icing using a fork and then let them dry on a wire rack.

The icing takes these to over the top amazing. I am thinking these are literally the best thing I’ve ever made. EVER.

Fried pies always make me think of my grandma. I remember her making them when I was growing up and they were always so dang good. She often made them with dried apricots and I’ve got to try that soon.

I’m a southern girl and love my deep fried foods. I try to be moderate about such things but these fried pies are impossible to resist!

I totally skipped dinner and had more than 3 of these and less than five! I might be wrong about my moderation.

I seriously love these pies and I’m telling you the pastry crust is to die for but I will also say this is not the kind of dessert you whip up in a hurry.

There are lots of steps and it takes a bit of time to roll out the dough and shape the pies. However, they are worth every single minute and every single calorie!

More Apple Desserts to Try:

Easy Apple Cobbler is just like the one grandma would make. So good topped with vanilla ice cream. 

Apple Crumb Pie is a classic for any occasion. You can’t go wrong with this easy apple pie!

Apple Fritter Cake is a simple loaf cake to bake for any day of the week. 

Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Shooters are really simple to make and perfect for entertaining!

Check out the amazing #EasterSweetsWeek recipes from our bloggers today!





Baked Desserts:

No Bake Treats:

Yield: 12

Fried Apple Hand Pies

Fried Apple Hand Pies are decadent and delicious treats to make for any special occasion or holiday and it’s a recipe guaranteed to please any sweet tooth. I am taking you through step by step on how to make Fried Apple Hand Pies. 

Prep Time
1 hour
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 45 minutes


For the Pastry

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour, plus 1 cup for rolling out dough
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup shortnening
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

For the Filling

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and diced

For the Glaze

  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk


  1. For the dough: Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Cut in shortening until well combined using a fork or pastry cutter. Whisk egg and milk together and mix until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate one hour or until you are ready to make the pies.
  2. Add apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt in a bowl and toss together. Add water and cornstarch to a pan and whisk together. Add apples and mix together. Place over medium- high heat. Cook, stirring often about 10 minutes. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. When you are ready to make the pies, divide the dough into thirds. Roll dough out over a well floured surface. Add additional flour to the top of the dough if needed to make it easy to roll.
  4. Use a 4 – 5 inch circle (a small saucer or large cookie cutter) to cut pastry into circles.
  5. Add about 1 tablespoon of apple filling to the center of each circle.
  6. Fold over and pinch seams closed. Fold edges over and press edges with a fork. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  7. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  8. Cook 2 or 3 pies at a time, turning to brown both sides. Remove from oil to a paper towel lined rack to drain.
  9. Whisk powdered sugar and milk together until smooth in a medium sized bowl.
  10. Dip fried pies into icing and drain on a wire rack placed in a baking pan until icing is set, about 10 -15 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately.


Pies are best the first day. Leftovers can be be placed in an airtight container and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature for serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 848Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 51gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 3gSugar: 37gProtein: 6g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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This year we have are 28 fantastic bloggers participating in this year’s Easter dessert event! Throughout the week we’ll be share tons of great Springtime and Easter themed dessert recipes with you. With over 75 sweet dessert recipes being shared this week we just know that you’re going to want to save some of these recipes to make again and again! We even hope that some of these recipes end up in your Easter recipe keepsake collection! Plus, don’t forget that we have 5 (five) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors!


Prize #1 — Dixie Crystals is giving away one (1) Instant Pot (8 Qt) to one lucky winner!



Prize #2 — Adam’s Extract is giving one (1) winner 5 different extracts including a bottle of Pure vanilla and a color pack.


Prize #3 — Rainier Fruit is giving one (1) winner a box of Apples and some wonderful Apple themed goodies from Sur La Table


Prize #4 — Anolon is giving one (1) winner a Anolon® Vesta™ 9-Inch Square Baker in Cobalt Blue


Prize #5 — Microplane is giving one (1) winner a Twist & Zest, grip & strip and a classic zester/grater

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Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older.. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from Marh 26th – April 1st at 12AMEST. Winners will be selected soon afterwards and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 5 (five) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 5 (five) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #EasterSweetsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

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