These are simple and delicious. My kids can't stop eating them! I sometimes use canned apple pie filling and a little sugar and maybe add some ground cinnamon to pastry. Yum!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the apples into a saucepan with the sugar and cinnamon, and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook the apples, stirring frequently, until soft, about 10 minutes; mash the apples with a fork to form a chunky applesauce. Set the apple filling aside.

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  • Whisk flour and salt together in a bowl, and cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until the dough is moistened, and knead several times just until dough holds together. Place dough onto a floured surface, pat into a round, and roll out 1/8-inch thick. Use a large round cookie cutter (4 inches in diameter) to cut the dough into 8 rounds.

  • Place a heaping tablespoon of apple filling onto the center of a dough round, and use your finger to moisten the edge of the crust with cold water. Fold the dough over the filling, and crimp the edges with a fork to make a half-moon-shaped pie. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

  • Pour the oil into a skillet over medium-high heat, and gently lay 2 or 3 pies into the hot oil. Fry to a golden brown color, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain the pies on paper towels. Sprinkle a pinch of confectioners' sugar over each pie to serve. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

304.3 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 37.7g 12% DV; fat 15.9g 25% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 292.1mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2011
I did add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the pastry and loved this. Simple to do nice for brown bag lunches. I will make this again. Thanks! Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2011
I did add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the pastry and loved this. Simple to do nice for brown bag lunches. I will make this again. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2012
This is a good recipe but it's even better with the following changes: 1) Add cinnamon to the pastry. 2) Don't mash the apples up into a sauce but just slice them thinly and it tastes more authentic. 3) to the apple mixture add the following spices: nutmeg cloves and a little more cinnamon. I would highly suggest adding the spices TO YOUR OWN TASTE. I love spices so I will add a lot more. 3) Instead of using shortening in your pastry use softened butter. Make sure the butter is still cool from the refrigerator but able to stir. (By the way I would suggest doing that ANY time you're making crusts and pastries). I hope you enjoy this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/25/2011
Thanks for this recipe. My grandmother use to make these when we were kids and find it today on Christmas morning is so special. I believe this is just how she made them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2014
These turned out fantastic! I did half white sugar & half brown sugar like other reviewers I also added cinnamon to the dough and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar when they were finished. Quick and easy with ingredients I always have on-hand! They were gone in minutes and both my son & husband are asking when I'm going to make them again! Definitely a keeper!! Thank you so much! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2012
I wanted some apple pie but i didn't want a whole pie because it only my husband and i.I found this recipe for fried apple pies..After reading the recipe i said that this would better than a whole pie. My husband loved them and he is not a big sweet eater...I am. The reason i rated 4 stars is because i am not good at making pie crust.So i used the frozen crust i keep on hand and i added one tablespoon of butter to the apples while they cooking.And i fried in peanut oil and i use cinnamon sugar to put on after they out of oil They came out very very good. Thanks for the recipe. I know i will be making these again real soon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2013
Yummy little hand pies! I added a little cinnamon to the dough as others did and I used apple pie spice (made from this site) instead of just cinnamon. As soon as I pulled them from the oil I sprinkled them with turbinado sugar. They were certainly ready before an hour's time making them a fast little treat when you want apple pie. I scaled the recipe down for my husband and I which is nice because the 2 of us couldn't eat a whole baked apple pie. Would make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2016
These little pies are just wonderful. I was crunched for time so I used a ready made pie crust I already had in the fridge. I added a bit of nutmeg and sprinkled them with a sugar cinnamon mix when they came out of the oil. This recipe is fabulously versatile. I think I'll make something savory next. Thanks so much for sharing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2019
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2013
Made these and they are so good. I also added cinnamon to my dough. I used can apple filling. Will make again and use fresh apples. Kate75 Read More