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McDonald's Apple Pie

McDonald's Apple Pie

Ah, McDonald’s apple pies — we liked you better when you were fried, but we also understand why that can’t be anymore. There’s nothing more American than hamburgers, fries, milkshakes, and pies — and you can find them all under the golden arches.

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For the dough

  • 1 package pastry dough, preferably Pillsbury
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sugar

For the filling

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon flour


Calories Per Serving615

Folate equivalent (total)349µg87%

Riboflavin (B2)0.5mg27.3%

Just-Like McDonald's Fried Apple Pie

While McDonald's apple pies are great, making the copycat version at home is even better! This recipe for Just-Like McDonald's Fried Apple Pie lets you create a recipe for fried apple pies with a flaky, golden crust and traditional apple pie filling. The crust is substantial enough to be a hand pie, so these are perfect to make for a social gathering. Uncover McDonald's secret recipe to their fried apple pies, and you may never make a traditional pie again!

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Recipes utilizing the sweet-tart and widely varied different varieties of apples are some of the most fun to work with that I have found, but this one is one of the exceptions. I love recipes that use apple, especially apple pies, but this one is pretty complicated and might serve me better given a simpler way to make them while leaving flavor intact.

Just an FYI, here in Canada McDonald's doesn't fry their pies, they are really baked. I know because I worked for them for 2.5 years and put 1000's of them into the ovens. Margaret-Ann

Yes, they are now baked here in the United States as well. Im afraid they discovered that deep frying things is bad for your health and causes obesity. This recipe appears to be for the old fashioned, absolutely yummy apple pies of my youth! YUM!

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The Real Reason McDonald's Apple Pie Tastes So Good

Love it or hate it, McDonald’s knows how to keep customers coming back for more. We already know why its Coke is so much better than anywhere else--now it’s time to uncover another McDonald’s mystery: What makes the apple pies so. damn. good?

Mickey D’s added its first dessert in 1968 and fans have been smitten ever since. Here’s why:

First, the apples themselves play a role. If you thought you could make a comparable pie with basic Red Delicious apples, think again.

WATCH: How to Make Pie Dough

The recipe calls for six different apple varieties including Jonagold, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gala, Rome, and Ida Red.

That’s a lotta apples. But the real reason the $1 dessert is in a class of its own has to do with how it stays together.

Many fruit pies rely on processed thickening agents to set their fillings. McDonald’s, Stella Parks tells Thrillist, uses a dehydrated apple powder that pulls double duty: It soaks up the liquid that’s released during the baking process, and it also adds a flavor punch for an extra apple-y apple taste.

There ya have it. Next time you’re guzzling McDonald’s Coke between bites of McDonald’s pie, at least you’ll know why you can’t stop.

The One McDonald's Order from the 1990s You Know You Miss

If you were a kid in America in the '90s, there's a good chance you had a McDonald's Happy Meal at least once in your life. And it was even better if you had a McFlurry or an apple pie to finish off the meal once you were done with your McNuggets.

But if you've gone to the Golden Arches recently and noticed that the apple pie just wasn't the same, you aren't imagining things. McDonald's changed its apple pie recipe in 2018 to make the dessert a bit healthier, much to fans' chagrin. (And, really, the McDonald's apple pie still isn't a healthy choice.) Here's what's different about the apple pie from the days you had it in your youth.

The original McDonald's apple pie was deep-fried

The McDonald's apple pie dates back to 1968 when it debuted on the fast-food chain's menu in all its deep-fried glory.

The current iteration of the McDonald's apple pie, meanwhile, is baked. It's better for you (although still not good for you), but plenty of fans want the older recipe back.

How is the new apple pie "healthier?"

McDonald's current apple pie recipe doesn't feature high fructose corn syrup, and you won't find any preservatives or artificial colors, either. But don't be fooled: The baked apple pie still includes sugar and palm oil among its ingredients, and each serving contains 15 grams of sugar, along with a whopping six grams of saturated fat. You won't find this treat winning any nutrition awards—you'd be better off with our homemade Best-Ever Apple Pie Recipe.

And if you just can't get behind the new apple pie recipe, there's a silver lining: McDonald's offers other pies seasonally, like the custard-filled holiday pie and the baked pumpkin pie. Plus, Popeyes offers a crispy, cinnamon-coated apple pie—it won our fast-food pie taste test!

Gone are the days of the old apple pie recipe, along with those Happy Meal graham cookies shaped like the McDonaldland cartoon characters. But you can always order these Secret Menu Options at McDonald's if you want to spice up your fast-food order.

McDonald's Changed Their Apple Pie Recipe&mdashand People Are Not Thrilled

The fast food giant's beloved dessert got a major makeover.

The McDonald’s apple pie you know and love just got a makeover.

The fast food giant announced that they altered the recipe for the beloved dessert to include less ingredients and a whole new look. Though the news was announced last week, customers have just started airing their concerns on social media.

“What’s up with the new apple pies. 😩 I like the old recipe better,” one Twitter user wrote. “Is it a seasonal thing? Or a permanent change. ”

And the change is in fact here to stay.

“Our new freshly baked Apple pie recipe is in line with other positive changes we have made,” Tiffany Briggs, a McDonald’s spokesperson, said in a press release. “We removed, for example, artificial preservatives from our Chicken McNuggets and switched to real butter in our breakfast sandwiches because those changes matter to our guests.”

“Likewise, our new apple pie is made with fewer ingredients such as sugar, sliced 100-percent American grown apples and a bit of cinnamon to the filling for flavor to give each one that homemade taste our customers love,” Briggs continued.

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The pies, which clock in at 240 calories, are now covered in lattice-style crust and sprinkled with a sugar topping. The �% American grown apples” used inside are a variety of Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Gala, Ida Red and Fuji.

The response on Twitter has been fairly negative, with some customers accusing the brand of making the dessert taste “too healthy.”

Others however, are going to bat for the new sweet treat. “I LOVE @McDonalds new Apple Pie! I thought the other version was disgusting,” tweeted a fan. “Y𠆚ll should try it. Not sure what all the outrage was about.”

Copycat McDonald&rsquos Apple Pie

You may crave the burgers and fries at McDonald's, but their signature apple pie is the best way to finish off a meal. Today, the McDonald's apple pies are topped with a lattice crust, but back in the day they were known for their crispy exterior. It's easy to create this throwback copycat recipe in your own kitchen. In fact, this homemade version of the McDonald's apple pie is baked, not fried, but it still has the golden brown and crisp crust we all remember.

These copycat McDonald's apple pies are made quickly and easily by using prepared refrigerated pie crusts. Simply roll out the crust and cut it into equal-sized rectangles. Meanwhile, prepare a cinnamon and sugar apple filling on the stovetop until the apples are soft and coated in a thick, flavorful syrup. Top with the remaining pie crusts and press together with a fork to seal. The pies are then brushed with an egg wash and sprinkled with granulated sugar to create that signature crust. Homemade McDonalds' apple pies are surprisingly quick and easy&mdashin under an hour you'll have a nostalgic treat that will put a smile on everyone's face.

It's fun to serve each individual pie wrapped in parchment paper to mimic the paper sleeve from the restaurant. The apple pies can also be dipped in caramel sauce for an added treat, or even served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an easy apple pie à la mode dessert.

Step 5: Option 1: Bake the Pies

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Arrange apple pies on baking sheet, brush your pies with egg wash, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Use a sharp paring knife to make 4, 1-inch slits in each pie. (Here, I only baked four pies, but you can fit up to 8 on one baking sheet. If you want to bake all 16 apple pies, use two baking sheets.)

Bake, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking, 16 to 20 minutes, until the pies are golden brown.

Remove to a cooling rack and let cool about 30 minutes. Enjoy.

Copycat McDonald’s Apple Pies

McDonald’s apple pie imitators are crunchy, flaky, buttery mini pies filled with fresh, sweet and sour apples and cinnamon. These homemade versions of the famous McDonald’s apple pies are absolutely irresistible. These are my favorites, as are my apple pie cookies and caramel apple pie bombs.


2 sheets of Pastry-thawed Puff
3 cups of apples – peeled and cut into 1/3-diameter cubes-½ ich (about 4 large apples)
3 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
¼ cup of water
2 tablespoons of corn starch dissolved in 2 tablespoons of cold water
1 beaten egg with 1 tablespoon of cold water
3 tablespoons of light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon cinnamon


First, make the filling for the apple pie. In a large pan, stir together the chopped apples, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and water. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the corn starch dissolved in ¼ cup of water and cook for 3-4 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
Preheat oven to 400 F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, then set aside.
Stir in the cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar, and set aside.
Beat an egg with a spoonful of cold water and set it aside.
Unfold the thawed puff pastry and spread it over a lightly floured surface in a 12×12 inch square. Cut into 8 (3×6 inch) rectangles.
Arrange 4 rectangles on a baking tray. Spoon a generous mound of apple pie filling into each rectangle leaving a border of ½ inches without the filling. Brush the edge with washed egg. Cover with the remaining four puff pastry rectangles. You will need to stretch the dough gently with your hands so that you can cover the mound of filling and match the edges. Press the edges with your fork. With a sharp knife cut 4 slits in the top of each cake. Brush with washed egg and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Repeat the process with the rest of the puff pastry sheet. Bake until golden brown for 18-20 minutes.

McDonald’s Apple Pie

Our opinion on McDonald’s apple pie skips the frying and bakes instead to get a better view of the favorite restaurant. We use puff pastry, so you still get all those layers of puff pastry and buttery crust. Serve it with some homemade caramel as a special treat!


2 tablespoons of butter
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped.
1/4 c. of packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Juice from ½ lemon
All-purpose flour for the surface
1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
Egg washing
Cinnamon sugar

Preheat the oven to 400° and line a large baking tray with parchment. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until the apples are soft and most of the juice is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Allow cooling.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a 12-inch square. Divide it into 8 rectangles.
Place the apples in the center of 4 rectangles, leaving a border of ¼” around the puff pastry. Cover with the remaining rectangles and crimp the edges with a fork. Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut 4 slots in the top of each pastry. Brush with washed egg and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Place the cakes in the prepared pan and bake until golden brown, 25 minutes.

McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie Recipe

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