McDonald’s Apple Pie

McDonald’s Apple Pie was a favorite of mine when I was growing up. These crispy hand 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 fried apple pie at home with this copycat recipe.

homemade McDonald's fried apple pies on a rack and plate

I remember growing up with these delicious hot fried apple pies. They were a staple. I have no idea why McDonald’s would discontinue this menu item in 1992.

Sonic Drive-Ins have been serving up tasty food at the “Speed of Sound” since the 1950s. Although Sonic is known mostly for its burgers, drinks, onion rings, and in-your-car dining experience, the chain has expanded its menu to include many new favorites like the Sonic FRITOS® Chili Cheese Wrap. The Sonic Chili Cheese Wrap was initially offered as a limited-time promotion, but when the chain discontinued the menu item, the diners’ disappointment was enough to bring it back in limited locations. Making a Sonic chili cheese wrap couldn’t be easier. It is basically just chili with all the fixings and a handful of the famous FRITOS® corn chips all wrapped up in a tortilla. But don’t let the utter simplicity fool you. This is one great sandwich you really have to try!

Much Depends on a Red Can

If you are a chili lover, and you choose to use your family’s favorite chili to use in this recipe, these wraps are going to be popular around your house. But if your goal is to recreate the most authentic Sonic taste, you really need to crack open a little red can of Hormel chili. Make it the kind without any beans, please. Sure, not everyone likes the idea of eating chili from a can, and that is fine. In that case, go ahead and make the recipe whatever freshly made chili you have on hand, but don’t expect to get the same taste as you would at Sonic.

If you want to skip the can but don’t already have a bean-free chili recipe you love, why not try making Chilis Original Chili Recipe or Lady Bird Johnson’s Pedernales Chili. The second recipe is one of the easiest chili around, but you will probably want to drain the chili well before making a wrap.

Other FRITOS® -Based Dishes You Can Make at Home

No tortillas, no problem. You can use this same basic recipe to make a variety of different Sonic Drive-In menu items. Sonic FRITOS® Pie is almost the same recipe, just without the tortilla. Top a hamburger with a FRITOS® Pie, and you wind up with a FRITOS®Chili Cheese Jr. Burger. Do the same thing to a hot dog, and you get the FRITOS® Chili Cheesy Coney.

Tips for Making and Serving a Sonic Chili Cheese Wrap

  • Make it your own with additional ingredients. Sonic offers diners several ways to customize their wraps, including adding extra cheese, spicy jalapeno slices, and onions. But don’t let what you can get at the drive-in limit what you do at home. Other great options are slices of avocado, a dollop of sour cream, shredded cilantro, and crumbled bacon.
  • Don’t overstuff your wrap. Too much filling in a wrap can make eating messy. For an 8-inch tortilla,don’t use more than a cup of filling. You can increase that to a cup and a half if you are using 10-inch wraps. Remember to place the filling a third of the way from the bottom and leave enough space on the sides to fold them over.

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Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Granny Smith apple
  • Red apple
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Puff pastry sheets
McDonald's apple pie ingredients

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Ingredient Notes

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.

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.

How to Make McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie

  1. Defrost the puff pastry according to package directions.
  2. Dice apples into small pieces and place them in a pot over medium heat.
  3. Add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and salt.
  4. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the apples are softened.
    homemade McDonald's apple pie filling
  5. Cut puff pastry into 8 squares.
  6. Spoon cooked apples onto each one of the squares.
  7. Brush water on the edges of the pastry squares and fold the squares over on each other.
  8. Use a fork to crimp the edges together.
    apple pie filling on puff pastry sheets
  9. Add enough oil to a heavy pot or deep fryer to be 3 inches deep.
  10. Heat oil until 350 degrees.
  11. Fry pies for about 1 minute on each side. Remove when both sides are golden brown.
  12. Place pies on a wire rack to drain excess oil.
  13. You can keep the pies warm in a 200-degree oven until you are ready to serve.

Equipment and Cooking Tips

You will need to deep fry these pies. I really like to use my Grand Pappy Fryer. It heats consistently and it will store so I can reuse the oil.

You can also use a stockpot filled 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 the pies warm before serving I highly recommend in placing them a warm 200-degree oven.

homemade McDonald's apple pie and a fork on a plate

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homemade McDonald's fried apple pies on a rack and plate

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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 Manley

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com'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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