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—in 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.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 cups apple (chopped; from about 2 to 4 peeled and cored apples)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (more or less, for dusting)
- 1 (14.1-ounce) box rolled refrigerated pie crusts
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 425 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the chopped apple, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt and stir. Bring to a simmer and cook until the apples are soft and most of the juice has cooked off, about 10 minutes.
Remove the apple filling from the heat and allow to cool before filling the pies.
On a lightly floured surface, gently roll out the one of the refrigerated pie crusts large enough to hold an 8 by 8 inch square.
Cut into 8 rectangles, each measuring 2 inches wide and 4 inches long. Repeat with the second pie crust. Discard extra pie crust trimmings or reserve for another use.
Place 8 of the rectangles on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the surface of each with some of the beaten egg.
Spoon the cooled apple filling into the center of the 8 rectangles, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Top with the remaining rectangles and crimp the edges together with a fork. Brush with the remaining egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Prick the tops of each pie with a toothpick or fork.
Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool before eating. Wrap each apple pie in parchment paper to mimic the classic McDonald’s sleeve. Enjoy!
How to Store and Freeze
- Leftover hand pies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.
- These mini apple pies can also be frozen. To freeze them before baking, assemble the pies but skip the final egg wash. Place the parchment-lined baking sheet in the freezer and freeze until solid. Transfer to a zip-top freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Bake from frozen, adding about 5 minutes to the cook time. Decrease the oven temperature a bit and cover with foil if they brown too quickly.
- To freeze the pies after baking, let them cool completely. Add to an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge before enjoying.