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Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies | Magnolia Days

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.