McDonald’s Hot Apple Pie

McDonald’s Hot Apple Pie was a favorite of mine when I was growing up. These crispy pies are hard to beat. The crunchy crust and the warm sweet filling inside is a match made in heaven. You can recreate this famous recipe on your own.
McDonald's Hot Apple Pie

I remember growing up with these delicious hot fried apple pies. They were a staple, why in 1992 McDonald’s would discontinue this menu item I have no idea. If you are dining at McDonald’s, you may not be offended if the apple pie was fried rather than baked. The new baked version isn’t crisp, I find it rather doughy, and honestly it isn’t a favorite of mine. I can’t remember when I have ordered an apple pie.

We can recreate this McDonald’s Hot Apple Pie at home. We are going to use 2 medium sized apples. I like to use two different types of apples. I always pick a Granny Smith apple, and then I pick another type of apple, it could be a Honey Crisp, a Red Delicious, Jazz apple, or any other type of your store has available. By using two different types of apples the result will be a more intense apple flavor.

McDonald’s Hot Apple Pie cooking tips

I am also using a package of puff pastry dough. Most stores carry the Pepperidge Farm brand, and I find it works very well. For this recipe, you will use the whole package. You will also need to fry these, I really like use my Grand Pappy Fryer, it heats consistently, and it will store so I can reuse the oil. You can also use a stock pot filled a about 3 inches deep with oil.

Resting the pies on a wire rack to drain instead of paper towels will help keep the pies nice and crisp. If you want to keep these warm before serving I highly recommend in keeping them a warm 200 degree oven.

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McDonald's Apple Pie

Make old fashioned McDonald's fried apple pie with fresh apples and puff pastry.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Recipes, Fried Apple Pie, McDonald's Recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 417kcal


  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 red apple
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sheets puff pastry cut into 8 inch squares


  • Defrost the puff pastry according to package directions.
  • Dice apples into small pieces and place apples in a pot over medium heat.
  • To the pot add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and salt.
  • Cook apples for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the apples are softened.
  • Cut puff pastry into 8 squares.
  • Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of cooked apples onto one side of each one of the squares.
  • Brush water on the edge of each one of the squares and fold the squares over on each other. Use a fork to crimp the edges together.
  • Add enough oil to a large pot or deep fryer to cover the bottom 3 inches.
  • Heat oil until 350 degrees. The oil will be ready when you drop a small piece of dough in the oil and it cooks rapidly.
  • Cook pies 2 at a time, for about 1 minute on each side.
  • Remove pies when both sides are golden brown.
  • Place fried pies on a wire rack to drain excess oil.
  • If you want to keep the pies warm, hold them in a 200-degree oven until you are ready to serve.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Hazel

    We still have the “old school” McDonald’s fried apple pies here in Ireland, they are a long standing favourite. This recipe looks delicious too.

    • stephaniemanley

      Yes, you could bake these. I fried these because the old pies were fried not baked 😉 If you bake them they would be a lot like the flakey turn overs you get from a bakery.

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  3. Guest

    Sounds great! How many sheets of puff pastry does this take? Not in ingredients list. Thanks for this old favorite recipe.

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