Fried Apple Pies

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Fried hand pies in New Orleans are famous. This fried apple hand pie recipe will be famous amongst your family and friends. Warm apples, warm spices, flaky crust and sweetened condensed milk are a recipe for success.

Fried Apple Hand Pies

Fried Apple Pies Cooking Tips:

Make sure you pre-cook your apples to remove all the moisture. Access moisture will make the crust damp. This will ruin the pies.

You can also bake the pies in a 400°F for 20 minutes.

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Can you make ahead?

Freezer: Fried Apple Pies: You can make the apple pies in advance and place in an airtight container, after it cools off. Keep in the freezer for 3 months max. Thaw 24 hours before using.

Fridge: Fried Apple Pies: Pies can be made one day in advanced.

Apple Filling: Filling can be made a day in advance.

Reheating: Fried Apple Pies: Bake in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes. 

Fried Apple Hand Pies

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Substitution Options:

Homemade Self-Rising Flour: Makes 1 cup

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoons salt

Common One to One Substitutions:

Any Apple (Granny, Red, Fiji etc.) = Honeycrisp

Granulated Sugar = Raw Cane Sugar

Cinnamon = Apple Spice Mix

Milk of Choice = Evaporated Milk

Non-Hydrogenated Coconut Oil = Shortening

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Fried hand pies have been a staple in New Orleans for years and I’m excited to share this fried apple hand pie recipe with you. This recipe is super easy to make and your family and friends will love it. Be sure to make a double batch because these pies will go fast! Make the recipe yourself and leave me a 5-star review!

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Fried Apple Pies

Kenneth Temple
Fried hand pies in New Orleans are famous. This fried apple hand pie recipe will be famous amongst your family and friends. Warm apples, warm spices, flaky crust and sweetened condensed milk is a recipe for success.
4.50 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 10 persons
Calories 1036 kcal


Apple Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium Honeycrisp apples skinned, cored, chopped small
  • ½ cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ¼ cup water


  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup shorting
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 4 cups canola oil
  • 4 oz. sweetened condensed milk garnish


  • Turn on the heat to medium in a large skillet, melt butter and add apples, cook for 2 minutes. In a small mix together sugar, cornstarch, salt and apple spice. Add sugar blend and water to apples, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a bowl mix flour and shortening together until crumble texture formed. Add milk and mix until dough is formed.
  • Roll out dough to 1/8 inch on a flour surface, if dough begins to crumble, knead dough a few more times, then roll out. Use a large biscuit cutter cut out 10 circles. Using your thumbs shape into a small bowl shape.
  • Once filling mixture is cooled add 2 tablespoons of filling to each pie circle. Pull and fold dough over, seal edges and crimp with a fork sit on a foiled liner baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pie circles.
  • Heat oil to 350°F and fry four pies at time for 45 seconds per side for even browning.
  • Keep warm in a 200°F oven while you fry off the remaining pies. Drizzle condensed milk over the top of pies. Serve warm and enjoy.


Calories: 1036kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 4gFat: 99gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 27gMonounsaturated Fat: 60gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 117mgPotassium: 144mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 151IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 0.3mg
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