Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
14 Hours 18 Mins
Makes 1 1/2 dozen

There's enough filling to make a second batch of these delicious pies, or you can freeze it for later. Serve warm or at room temperature.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Dough: Stir together flour and sugar. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape dough into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 12 to 24 hours.

Step 2

Meanwhile, prepare Filling: Bring apples and water to cover (about 3 1/2 cups) to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.

Step 3

Drain apples; place in a large bowl. Coarsely mash apples with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar and next 4 ingredients. (A pastry blender does a great job.) Cover and chill 12 to 24 hours.

Step 4

Prepare Cinnamon Sugar: Stir together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon.

Step 5

Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 18 portions; shape into balls. Flatten into 3-inch circles; roll into 5-inch circles. Working with 1 circle at a time, spoon 1 Tbsp. filling into center of each circle; brush edge with water. Fold dough over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal.

Step 6

Fry, in batches, in hot oil 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle both sides of hot pies with cinnamon sugar.

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Ratings & Reviews


September 09, 2016
I would think you could simmer a Grannie Smith in cinnamon, brown sugar and water for a few minutes, you'd probably have to experiment to make a tasty filling for the hand pies, just a thought but it would be a lot faster than rehydrating dried apples. Yom Tov, Shalom!

December 01, 2015
Fresh apples in fried pies don't cook long enough for the apples to get done

December 25, 2015
Traditional fried pies are always made with dried apples. This recipe is great.

Bonbon50's Review

October 03, 2013

Branch's Review

September 21, 2013

Julieupnorth's Review

August 24, 2013
Sounds good but why isn't it made with fresh apples? Has anyone tried it that way?