Fried Apple Hand Pies

Move aside, apple pie, because these fried hand pies are giving the traditional dessert a run for its money. There's no fork required, and you can load up your fried apple pie with as much powdered sugar icing as you want.

Fried Apple Hand Pies
Photo: Blaine Moats
Start To Finish Time:
50 mins


  • 1 ½ pound apples, peeled cored, and chopped (5 cups)

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice

  • Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup shortening

  • ½ cup ice water

  • Powdered sugar or 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 teaspoon milk


  1. In a large skillet combine apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, 3 Tbsp. flour, and the apple pie spice. Toss gently to coat apples. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes or until apples are tender and juices are thickened, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

  2. In a heavy large pot ot deep-fryer heat oil to 365°F. (If using an electric fryer, follow manufacturer's directions.)

  3. For pastry, in a medium bowl stir together the 2 1/4 cups flour and the salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat, using 1 Tbsp. water at a time, until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a ball.

  4. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten one dough ball. Roll dough into a 12-inch square. Cut dough into nine 4-inch squares. Repeat with remaining dough (18 squares total).

  5. Place 1 1/2 Tbsp. of the cooled filling just off center on each square. Moisten edges of square with water; fold in half diagonally or crosswise. Seal edges by pressing with tines of a fork.

  6. Fry pies, 2 or 3 at a time, in hot oil 3 minutes or until golden, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing. Serve warm or cool.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  1. In a medium bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency.

Oven Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange hand pies on the baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Air-Fryer Directions

In a small bowl beat together 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush hand pies with egg wash. Fry hand pies in a single layer at 380°F for 10 minutes, according to manufacturer's instructions. Brush with melted butter before dredging in cinnamon-sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
11g Fat
26g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 55mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 31.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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