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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 most 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 cake is more your jam, I love the look of this Apple Cider Doughnut Cake.


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Fried Apple Pies on a white square plate with cinnamon sticks

Fried Apple Pies

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

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 mini pies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 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
  • 13 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.

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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44 comments on “Fried Apple Pies”

  1. 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

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

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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…

  11. Oh wow! These would be such a hit in my house! They look scrumptious and are so pretty, too! Perfect for a picnic!

  12. Yes please! We haven’t had apple pie in a while but with my son’s B-Day coming up-it’s on the menu:@) Your hand pies are cute!

  13. I like the idea of these and I like that you can choose to bake them rather than fry them. They look wonderful.

  14. Liz, these little fried apple pies look so good…especially that they are packed with apples…yum!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

  15. I can totally see enjoying one of these for breakfast. I’m thinking warm with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. They look great!

  16. Honestly you had me at fried – and a handpie to boot – this is a heavenly bit that is portable for a picnic. Great choice!!!

  17. What a perfect time-saving ingredient—to use ready made pie crust! I love that the filling is home made. And to be honest, I’d prefer the baked versions too. These hand held pies are not only perfect for the Fourth of July, but for lunches too. Lovely recipe. Now to check Kelli’s blog.

  18. Doug would be having a few of the pies for breakfast too (I think all guys rationalize that kind of stuff). Of course, for him it would be a two-bite pie (hopefully). They really do look fantastic…my kind of dessert.

  19. these look perfect for a picnic! 🙂

  20. I’m pretty sure the only thing better than regular apple pie is these FRIED apple pies! GIrl, you are just genius!

  21. These pies scream summer and picnic. Love them. Since I’m terrible at frying I would have gone the baking route, too, and it doesn’t look like these pies suffered at all. They’re gorgeous!

  22. I could actually go for one right now. With a cup of coffee.

  23. What perfect picnic treats I adore apple pie like these. I too am no good with a frying pan so would use the oven as well to do all the work.

  24. I need these in my life – they look like SUCH perfect tasty bite sized treats!!

  25. Awesome, here in Indonesia we had similiar dish but the filling using jackfruit instead of apple…

  26. Fried pies! What the what! These are so prefect for a picnic, you can’t beat a handheld dessert. These would be a huge hit for my family. I will be sure to make them for my mom soon. Gorgeous post! Great choice.

  27. I absolutely love the idea of these little hand pies! They remind me of the ones at McDonald’s, only better since they’re homemade. Amazing!!

  28. I’d love to find these in my picnic basket!

  29. What adorable pies, I love that vanilla drizzle! I would have baked too.. frying at home terrifies me ;).

  30. These look great. I could probably rationalize eating them for breakfast too!

  31. My only experience with fried apple pies were the ones sold in the case at that hamburger place! And in the bakers aisle in those green papers. I never like either. But i bet I like these!

  32. Fried apple pies?! This is so cool! They look incredible – my mouth is watering!

  33. I can’t decide if I’m super glad or mad that these pies are mini! Glad that mini ones have less calories but so mad because mini ones have less pie 🙂

  34. Thanks for the recipe for the Fried Apple Pie, will let you know my results on sunday
    Have a great day <3

    What men secretly want lady

  35. My mouth is watering with all these lovely apple desserts!

  36. Your mini pies do holler 4th of July…So glad you gave the baking option. Frying is not my strong suit either =) Lovely squiggly glaze touch =)

  37. I’m with Bill on this one. These little apple pies would be the best breakfast too! Nice job, Liz!

  38. I’ve never made a fried turnover pie, but you’ve certainly got me convinced to do so with these yummy little apple pies! Perfect for picnics as you said!

  39. Just look at those pies!! I have a soft spot for anything apple and I’m all over these beauties!! <3

  40. Lizzy,
    I could eat a half dozen of these right now. They look delicious.

  41. They are screaming 4th of July and make me now!!!!!

  42. Kelli has the best recipes! Love these hand-pies. They would be great for any cook-out!

  43. I made the fried apple pies! Amazing!
    I normally don’t eat that much sweets but I have to say, I ate 2. They are so good my husband ate 3 and wanted more.

  44. I am so glad you reminded me about these ,, I love them and so does everyone else!

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