Kayla and I started making Fried Apple Pies years ago after we visited the apple orchard one time. I think she was in Kindergarten. We had purchased one to share and immediately fell in love with the taste and texture of a fried apple pie.
I looked around and found several recipes, tried them out, and then used those to create my own version. We love these any time of the year and they are super quick to make up!
How to Make Old Fashioned Southern Fried Apple Pies
Let your pie dough come to room temperature and then roll it out. I used a 4″ biscuit cutter to cut mine, making smaller hand pies, but you can use a bowl to get a bigger sized pie.
Don’t overload your rounds or your apple mixture will ooze out. Now, take your pie round and fold it over and crimp the edges using a fork.
Also — and this is important, make sure your oil temperature is at 350 degrees. If not, your pie dough will soak up the oil making them soggy instead of crisp and flaky.
Once you get your pies made, be sure and let them drain on paper towels before sprinkling them with a cinnamon sugar mix (I am loving the Adams Extract Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar mix).
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 apples
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup vegetable oil
Peel and dice apples. Add sugar and cinnamon. Cook in a saucepan on low heat. Cook until soft, then mash with fork to form a thick applesauce.
Sift flour and salt together. Cut in the shortening. Add water and mix with fork.
Roll out to about 1/8 inch thick on a floured board. Cut with a large cookie cutter (4 inches in diameter).
In each round, place 1 heaping tablespoon fruit. Moisten edges with cold water, fold and press edge with a fork.
Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Fry pies, a few at a time, 2 to 3 minutes on each side; cook until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
You can make these using refrigerated pie dough, but you can also make them and create a homemade pie dough which is what I did for this recipe.
Love apple recipes? Be sure to check out a few of my other favorites here —
What is your favorite apple dish? How do you incorporate apples into your savory meals? I would love to hear!