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Easy Fry Pies

Fried Pies are delightful little hand pies filled with pie filling, then fried, and glazed. This easy recipe uses refrigerated rolled pie dough and prepared fillings. Make many flavors or just your favorite (Apple, Bavarian Cream, or Cherry). These fry pies will melt in your mouth.

Bavarian Cream Fry Pies

Fry Pies or hand pies are small pies made with pie dough that is filled with traditional pie fillings. Then the hand pie is crimped shut and fried in oil. Once out of the fryer the pies are drizzled with a sweet glaze. Once cooled these mini pies are eaten by hand.

The fry pies pictured are made with Bavarian Cream and coated with a buttery sugary glaze. When warm these little pies melt in your mouth. I also love hand pies cold in the morning with coffee.

In Southern Maryland, I shop at a local farm stand. One day while shopping they had a table full of Amish baked goods. There was a stack of Amish fry pies in assorted flavors. Browsing the flavors I found Bavarian Cream Fry Pies. I was hooked!

Since these fried pies are easy to make, instead of buying more I made more. Lucky for me I have a fantastic Amish Dutch Market in Annapolis that sells Bavarian Cream in ready-to-pipe tubes. 

Bavarian Cream Fry Pies with a Buttery Sugar Glaze that melts in your mouth!

If you are looking for a fried pie dough recipe look no further. These homemade fried pies are easy and taste amazing. Using premade ingredients like refrigerated pie crust and prepared fillings you can make these in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients for Fry Pies

  • Refrigerated Pie Crust
  • Filling (Pictured is Bavarian Cream)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

Fillings for Fried Hand Pies

Here are some fried pie filling ideas.

  • Puddings and Custards: Bavarian Cream, Chocolate, Vanilla, Coconut Cream, Lemon
  • Fruit Pie Fillings: Apple, Cherry, Peach, Blueberry

You can purchase the same type Ready to Pipe Bavarian Cream from Amazon

Bavarian Cream Fry Pies with a Buttery Sugar Glaze that will melt in your mouth!

How to Make Fried Pies

  • Roll out your pie crusts. Use a large cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough. 
  • Next pipe about 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling onto your pie crust circles. Dip your finger into water and line the outside of the circle. Fold over the pie crust creating a half-moon shape. Use a fork to crimp edges closed. 
  • Heat up your oil and you are ready to fry these little hand pies to golden perfection. Drop one to two pies at a time. Fry for about 20 seconds on each side. Remove to a cooling rack. 
  • In a small saucepan melt butter and whisk in the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. This gives you a melt-in-your-mouth glaze that is to die for! 
  • Brush or drizzle the glaze over the fry pies and let set. 
  • Eat warm or cold! 

Important Fry Pie Recipe Tips

  1. One important step I want to point out is when you pull them out of the fryer DO NOT place the pies on a paper towel. Place them on a wire rack with paper towels underneath to catch the oil. Placing them directly on a paper towel will only make them soggy. This goes for any food coming out of a fryer!
  2. When cutting your pie crust you will get 7 mini pie crusts. If you roll out the scraps you can get 2 more pie crusts.

Recipe for Fry Pies

Amish Fry Pies

Fried Pies

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Fry Pies filled with bavarian cream or any pie filling you desire.


  • Ready-made refrigerated rolled pie crust, 2 pack box.
  • 2 Cups Bavarian Cream or Any Pie Filling
  • Vegetable oil for frying.
  • For the Sugar Glaze
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Cup Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Milk


  1. Unravel pie crust and lay flat on a cutting board.
  2. Using a large round cookie cutter cut 7 circles. Optional: Roll out the crust scraps and cut out 2 more circles.
  3. Place 1-2 Tablespoons of Bavarian Cream on one side of the pie crust.
  4. Dip your finger in water and line the edges of the pie crust.
  5. Fold over crust to create a half-moon shape.
  6. Use a fork to create a seal around the pie crust.
  7. In a large skillet add enough oil to cover the bottom. You don't want to submerge the fry pies. Heat oil to 350F.
  8. In a small saucepan melt butter then add the remaining ingredients for the Sugar Glaze and whip together. Keep warm.
  9. Fry the pies for about 20 seconds on each side. As your oil may get hotter you will have to lessen the fry time on each side. Look for a golden brown color. Remove from and place on a wire rack.
  10. Brush on sugar glaze on both sides of the fried pie.
  11. Eat warm or cold.


When you pull them out of the fryer DO NOT place the pies on a paper towel. Place them on a wire rack with paper towels underneath to catch the oil.

Placing them directly on a paper towel will only make them soggy.

Read the article above for pie-filling variations.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 5.2gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4.3mgSodium: 159.7mgCarbohydrates: 16.7gSugar: 7.9gProtein: 1.2g

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Bavarian Cream Fry Pies

Claire Helm

Saturday 6th of April 2019

Could these be made in an air fryer? Thank you

Ann Frances

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

What size cookie cutter are you supposed to use?

Stephanie Jackson

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

I use a large cookie cutter 3 3/8 inch. Here is a link to the exact one I use:

Marsha Robinson

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

I would also like the recipe for the Barvarian Cream.

Judy Reinagel

Friday 23rd of February 2018

Where do you get the Bavarian cream?


Wednesday 9th of August 2017

Do you use the flaky pie crust?

Stephanie Jackson

Wednesday 9th of August 2017

I use the regular pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts. I don't believe the box says "flaky".

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