This recipe for McDonald’s apple pie was inspired by one I spotted on TikTok.
You’ve seen the McDonald’s apple pie, right? You know that cute, flat-ish, rectangular thing that comes in a little cardboard sleeve?
Now I didn’t grow up eating McDonald’s apple pies, but I do know that they were legendary mostly due to the fact that they were deep-fried which gave them a really great crispy texture. These days they are baked, so while they’re still pretty tasty, they no longer have that delicious crunchy texture or that fried flavor of old.
Well, unless you go to Hawaii! There they still make them the old-fashioned way. You can watch me taste-testing them here.
So when I saw thesweetnsalty’s viral video on TikTok showing how to make a simple version at home, I knew I had to make it.
The genius of this recipe is in its simplicity. After making your apple pie filling (I used Granny Smith apples for that) on the stove top, you cut sections of store-bought puff pastry to wrap the filling in.
Then, all you have to do is pop them into a preheated 400 degree oven and bake them for 15 minutes. Et voila! you should have perfect McDonald’s-style apple pies!
Homemade McDonald’s Apple Pie
- stove top
- 2 tbsp. salted butter
- 2 Granny Smith apples or another tart variety large
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 4 tbsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. corn starch dissolve in 1 tsp. of water
- 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
- 1 egg beaten
- t tbsp. unrefined sugar or any other chunky sugar
- Peel and core the apples. Chop into 1/2" cubes.
- In a sauté pan on medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apples, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well. Cook covered on medium heat until the apples are tender ~3-5 minutes.
- Allow the filling to cool to room temperature before assembling the pies.
- Gently unroll the thawed dough. Use a knife to divide the dough in half lengthwise and then into 6 sections horizontal sections for a total of 12 pieces.
- Preheat oven to 400˚F/
- Add ~2 teaspoons of filling to one of the rectangles leaving a 1/2" border of dough. Use a pastry brush to brush the beaten egg around the filling. Place another rectangle of pastry on top and seal the edges together using the tines of a fork.
- Place the pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Use a sharp knife and cut 3-4 diagonal slashes.
- Brush the pies with egg wash and sprinkle on a couple of pinches of unrefined sugar.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden.
- Serve warm.
- I recommend using Trader Joe’s puff pastry, it has the perfect dimensions to make 6, rectangular pies.
- If the tines of the fork stick to the dough, dip the fork into some flour before pressing.
- This recipe was inspired by thesaltynsweet.