Copycat McDonald's Fried Apple Pies

Copycat McDonald's Fried Apple Pies


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McDonald's switched over from fried to baked pies years ago, but every once in a while we still get cravings for them!

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Time needed

45 min preparation + 15 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6 servings


  • Crust:
  • 1 C. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbs. cold butter
  • 1/4 C. ice water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Filling:
  • 2 C. peeled apples, chopped
  • 1/2 C. apple cider
  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • salt
  • 2 Tbs. flour

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  1. Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in the food processor. Cut up the butter into large chunks, and add to the flour. Pulse until the mixture is crumbly.

  2. Add the ice water and pulseuntil the dough is held together.

  3. Form dough into a 6” disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  4. To make the filling, combine the apples, cider, sugar, zest and juice, and salt, and cook over medium heat. 

  5. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute or two more. Remove from heat and let cool.

  6. Heat cooking oil to 350 degrees.

  7. Roll a third of the dough into a 12" oval. 

  8. Cut the oval in half, and carefully pile 1/3 cup of filling on one half of each semi-circle. 

  9. Wet the edges, and fold over, pressing each into a turnover shape.

  10. Seal the edges with a fork.

  11. Fry the pies for 3-4 minutes. Flip halfway through. Remove when they are a deep golden brown.

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