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Fried Apple Pies

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Mini Fried Apple Pies are the ideal picnic treat with their flaky crust and delectable filling. Easier than making a traditional pie, but just as satisfying!

Fried Apple Pies on a white square plate with cinnamon sticks

Fried Apple Pies

Don’t these Fried Apple Pies just scream 4th of July? I just love making pie for a picnic, and there’s nothing more American than apple pie. Perfect for the 4th of July, and no silverware required. I was assigned Kelli, of Kelli’s Kitchen, for this month’s BloggerCLUE. I zeroed in on her Small Fried Apple Pies for June’s picnic theme.

These mini pies were super simple to make. Feel free to use a premade pie crust, then all you have to do is cook up the apple filling, and fry or bake. I attempted to fry up these babies, but it was obvious that pan-frying is not my forte. For the next batch, I brushed with an egg wash and let the oven do the work. Feel free to use whatever technique you prefer.

After a drizzle or brushing of an easy powdered sugar glaze, the family was dying to dig in.  We were not disappointed as the flaky crust filled with cinnamon-spiced apples made for a terrific three-bite dessert! I have a feeling Bill will be eating a few for breakfast—he can rationalize almost anything!

Two Fried Apple Pies on a ceramic plate, with one broken open to expose the filling

Tips for Making Fried Apple Pies

I love these portion-controlled, single-serving apple pies, tarts, turnovers or whatever you prefer to call them. They’re super simple to prepare, just follow these tips to make them perfect every single time.

  • Pick the right apples. My mother-in-law always used Granny Smith apples for her applesauce, so those are always a great, easily available choice.
  • Use your favorite crust recipe or packaged crust. If your homemade crust tends to be difficult to work with, a packaged version will make the process much easier.
  • PRO-Tip: Do not overfill your pies. Doing so will prevent you from sealing around the perimeter properly and then the filling will most likely leak when the pies are cooked.
  • Seal the edges of these mini pies well. Cold water assists the surfaces with adhering and crimping with a fork encourages the edges to stay sealed.
  • There are two options for cooking these hand pies, frying or baking. Either works well, but I preferred the less messing baking option.
  • Finish these off with a simple powdered sugar glaze. I drizzled mine back and forth over the exposed surface, but you can thin the icing and paint it on as a glaze if desired.

Kelli of Kelli’s Kitchen

Each month, The Blogger CLUE Society gives me the opportunity to spend a little time on a fellow food blogger’s site to choose a recipe to recreate according to a theme.  As busy bloggers, we generally scan over posts and leave a quick comment, but I love the opportunity to delve a little deeper.

Kelli is one of my favorite bloggers. She’s kind,  supportive, and genuine. Just the salt of the earth. Be sure to check out her blog, Kelli’s Kitchen for tons of delicious recipes!

For more wonderful apple recipes, my family loves this Classic Apple Pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or this elegant Cream Cheese Apple Torte! Having some Homemade Apple Pie Filling in your freezer would be another way to streamline making these pies. If a cake is more your jam, I love the look of this Apple Cider Doughnut Cake.

Fried Apple Pies on a white square plate with cinnamon sticks

The Recipe: Fried Apple Pies

Three bite mini apple pies are perfect for picnics, snacking or dessert! Recipe courtesy of Kelli's Kitchen.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 16 mini pies


  • 2 Pillsbury Pie Crusts, or a homemade double crust
  • 2 apples
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk

Egg wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Peel and core apples, then chop. Place in a saucepan with sugar and cook on low till apples are tender. Add cinnamon and mash till chunky. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Roll out the pie crust on a lightly floured board. Using a 3 inch cookie cutter, cut out 7-8 circles out of each crust.
  3. Place a scant teaspoon of the cooked apples in the middle of the round.
  4. Using very cold water and your fingers, wet all the way around the pie, fold it over and crimp edges with the fork. Make a slit in tops to release steam if desired.
  5. Put a little oil in a skillet and let it get hot first, then place the little pies in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Or glaze with egg wash (mix together egg and water with a fork) and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or till browned.
  6. Take them out of the oil when they are cooked and place on a wire rack with paper towels on them so that will take off the excess oil.
  7. Combine icing ingredients with a fork and then put the glaze over the warm pies.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g


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Two Fried Apple Pies on a white ceramic plate on a checkered napkin, with one broken open to expose the filling

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46 comments on “Fried Apple Pies”

  1. What gorgeous hand pies! What an easy dessert to transport and eat…..I love the idea of baking them…. I have fond memories of hand pies, my mom used to make raisin hand pies. Pinning…

  2. I haven’t had a fried pie in years! They’re so much fun, aren’t they? And I do like that they’re a self-contained package — no cutlery needed. These looks superb — thanks!

  3. Kelli is awesome. I had her site last month and found a keeper of a recipe. I always find something good and am so glad Yumgoggle is around! This is perfect picnic fare, Liz.

  4. Awww…. shucks Liz – I’ve never been called “salt of the earth” but I really like it! 🙂 These pies are a huge favorite since my Nana used to make them in the extra large super industrial size! 🙂 We love our little pies and recently my daughter asked that I make her some apricot pies………..we make them in all different flavors but the apple are our favorite and it is and always has been my most popular post………….your photos are stunning and I do believe I will be baking mine next time. It’s so much easier and doesn’t smell up the house with that greasy smell! Thank you for making these – I bet I’ll be making these on Sunday for my daughters birthday!

  5. It’s my coffee time and I need one of this right now ! It looks so tasty !

  6. Liz, I am not going on a picnic with you! I’d eat a dozen of these and make myself sick! 🙂 Your photos are always so beautiful. Great choice and again, thanks for rounding us all up for a great June event.

  7. My husband would love these. I am definitely going to surprise him with a picnic that includes these tasty little hand pies.

  8. I’m also dying to dig in into one of these apple pies, they look so good!

  9. You are right they do scream 4th of July but breakfast lunch or dinner these are a treat! nice one Liz

  10. Dear Lizzy, these mini pies are a perfect size and a perfect treat for summer. I would love to have one with my coffee. xo, Catherine

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