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Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies for #SundaySupper

Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies | Magnolia Days

It’s been eons since I’ve been on a picnic. Well, eons may be stretching it a little. It has been a decade or two. We used to pack a picnic back when we had a boat and went water skiing. We headed out early in the morning and spent the day on the lake with friends. After a morning of skiing we would find a quiet spot to tie off or drop anchor and have lunch. We had sandwiches, chips, and some sort of sweet treat. I think back to those days and wonder why I didn’t bring any Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies.

I dream often of those summer days on the lake. The fun we had crops up in my mind even while I sleep. It is probably the comfort of water. I remember the gentle rocking of the boat as we rested after our lunch. Summer and picnics go hand in hand. It’s no surprise July is National Picnic Month. I was all in when Gallo Family Vineyards invited Sunday Supper tastemakers to share our favorite picnic foods.

Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies | Magnolia Days

Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies are picnic food. Them being hand pies pretty much fits in the category without a doubt. Utensils are not needed for eating them. They are small enough to be easily packed and the right size for an individual dessert. Plus their sweet fruity flavor is summery too.

Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies | Magnolia Days

How to make the hand pies? Boil dried apricots until soft then mash them with sugar, butter, and cinnamon. I use a food processor to do the mashing. Put the filling on rounds of pie crust dough, fold them over, seal with a fork, and deep fry until golden brown. Yes, deep fry them. It is a tad on the indulgent side. A little deep fried indulgence is nice every now and then.

Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies | Magnolia Days

Which wines to pair with the hand pies? Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot has stone fruit flavor to complement apricot. It also doesn’t require chilling and can go right in the basket with the pies. Bringing a cooler? Pack their Moscato or White Zinfandel because both of them have stone fruit flavors too. Take a look at Gallo’s National Picnic Month blog post for more tips and inspiration.

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Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies | Magnolia Days
4.16 from 20 votes

Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies

Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies are a fruity sweet dessert to make for picnics and to pack in lunches. No utensils required to enjoy these little pies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Renee


  • 6 ounces dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 packages refrigerated pie crusts
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Place apricots in a saucepan and cover with at least 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Cook until apricots have softened, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain apricots.
  2. Place warm apricots, sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Process until combined and mixture looks like jam.
  3. Cut pie crusts into 4- to 5-inch rounds.
  4. Place about 1 tablespoon of apricot filling on each round. Moisten edges with water.
  5. Fold rounds in half and press edges together with a fork.
  6. Pour enough oil into a large cast iron skillet or sauté pan to be about 1-inch deep.
  7. Heat oil to 375°F.
  8. Fry pies a few at a time until golden brown, turning once or twice while frying for even browning. Transfer pies to a platter or baking sheet lined with paper towels.
  9. Add more oil to the skillet if needed between batches.

Recipe Notes

Leftover apricot filling can be used the same as preserves or jam. Keep chilled in a sealed container.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

Recipe Rating


Wednesday 12th of August 2020

I can’t wait to make these. I always asked my mom for these fried pies instead of a birthday cake. She made them, so delicious. The only problem is my dad always talked me out of half of them!!! I cant wait to make these. Sweet memories.

Katie Moseman

Sunday 16th of August 2020

That's lovely, Joan. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday 26th of June 2019

My mother n law had a huge apricot tree and taught me how to make apricot hand pies. She used to pack them in a shoe box and give them to my husband/her son for his Birthday! That was over 55 years ago! Still love them today and the memories! Lovely recipe!!

Stephanie Roberts

Monday 26th of June 2017

My husband's mom used to make these for him when he was growing up. She passed away before I could get her recipe. Now, after 29 years of marriage, I found your recipe and I made fried apricot hand pies for him for the first time! And he loved them! He's 54 years old and it was like he was a kid again. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Katie Moseman

Monday 26th of June 2017

That is a wonderful story! So happy the recipe brought joy to you & your husband. Thank you for giving it a try!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

Monday 20th of July 2015

You took me right back to some fun water skiing vacations with your memory. Wonderful recipe! I am so happy to cook along with you for this #SundaySupper picnic.

Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

I don't think I've ever baked w apricots. I'll have to remedy that and make this sooner than later! So cute and fun and I'm sure delicious!