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Easy Fried Apple Pie and Lots More Great Southern Pie Recipes

Margie's been an online writer for several years. Her articles focus on great Southern-style recipes for any occasion.

Easy Fried Pies, Southern-Style

Easy Fried Pies, Southern-Style

Homemade Fried Pies the Easy Way

As a Southern gal, I love fried pies! Here's a no-fail fried pie recipe for apples, cherries, or any other kind of fruit. Southern desserts mean business, and this one is no exception—these fried pies are sweet, and decadent and will taste so good after a traditional Southern dinner like King Ranch Chicken.

If you have your own recipes, by all means, use them if you like. I have included a pastry recipe, but I like to use the refrigerated pie crust—you know the kind you buy. (Yes, the easy way!)

Ingredients for Southern-Style Fried Pie

Ingredients for Filling

  • Canned pie filling or homemade
  • Oil for frying

Ingredients for Pastry

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • ¾ teaspoon vinegar

Instructions for Making Southern-Style Fried Pie

  1. Combine in a bowl the flour and salt; cut in the shortening until a coarse mixture.
  2. Mix the egg and water; sprinkle over the flour mixture. Add the vinegar and lightly stir until it forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill.
  3. To cut the pie pastry, use a saucer, the perfect size, and add a couple of heaping spoonful of pie filling on one-half of the pastry circle. Fold the pastry over and seal it with a fork.
  4. Heat 1 to 1 1/2 inches of the oil to medium hot.
  5. Fry pies until golden on both sides.
  6. Drain on paper towels.
  7. Makes about 1½ dozen pies.

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie

A big slice of this creamy coconut pie can complete an elegant Southern feast or a country home-cooked meal.

You can top the pie with meringue or whipped cream. It's a favorite dessert in the South.

Ingredients for Southern-Style Coconut Cream Pie

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 (3½-ounce) can flaked coconut
  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup sugar

Instructions for Making Southern-Style Coconut Cream Pie

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar, salt, and flour; stir in the milk. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 more minutes stirring constantly, then remove from the heat.
  2. Beat the egg yolks slightly; gradually add 1 cup of hot the mixture into the yolks. Return the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat; add the butter and 1½ teaspoon of the vanilla extract. Mix well. Add 1 cup of coconut. Pour into the baked pie crust.
  4. Beat the egg whites, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, cream of tartar, and sugar in a medium mixing bowl until you have a stiff meringue.
  5. Spread over the hot filling.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining coconut over top of the meringue.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool.
  8. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tips From Margie Lynn

  • Instead of topping with the meringue and baking, you may use the whipped cream or cool whip and omit baking.
  • I use refrigerated pie crust you buy at the grocery store.

Key Lime Pie

You don't have to be Southern to fall in love with this homemade key lime pie recipe. There are few things more delicious than the combination of tart key limes and sweet condensed milk, all in a graham-cracker crust.

Ingredients for Key Lime Pie

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice or 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (6-ounce) graham cracker pie crust
  • Lime zest (optional)

Instructions for Key Lime Pie

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the sweetened condensed milk and the lime juice in a large bowl on medium speed until smooth and thickened.
  2. Fold the whipped topping into the milk and lime juice mixture.
  3. Place the key lime pie mixture into the pie crust.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until set.
  5. You may wish to garnish with grated lime peel or whipped topping.

Tip From Margie Lynn

This is also good with a chocolate crumb pie shell.

No-Bake Millionaire Pie

If you're Southern, you have probably had this before. If not, get ready! This pie tastes like a million bucks! Millionaire no-bake pie is scrumptious and so very easy.

You do have to wait three hours for the pie to chill before you cut yourself a big slice.


Ingredients for Millionaire No-Bake Pie

  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice (I use bottled)
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping
  • 1 (6-ounce) prepared graham cracker crust

Instructions for Making Millionaire No-Bake Pie

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, except whipped topping and graham cracker crust; mix well.
  2. Fold in the whipped topping
  3. Pour into the crust
  4. Cover and chill for three hours.

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate cream pie is so yummy and creamy. It is easy to make and everyone will be asking for another slice!

Ingredients for Chocolate Cream Pie

  • 1 2/3 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (9-inch) baked pastry shell

Instructions for Making Chocolate Cream Pie

  1. Mix the cornstarch, water, and cocoa until smooth.
  2. Stir into the cocoa mixture; sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks.
  3. Cook in a saucepan or microwave until thick.
  4. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter.
  5. Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  6. Cool slightly; stirring occasionally.
  7. Pour into the cooled baked pie shell.
  8. Top with the meringue or whipped topping.

Southern Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

This is an old recipe that I use often; it is easy to assemble and elegantly delicious. I remember my mom making this way back, and I could always eat way more than anyone else in the family!

I am making two of these for Christmas Eve, which is when our family gets together. One will be inhaled, so I will make two!

Ingredients for Southern-Style Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (I used bottled)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling

Instructions for Making Southern-Style Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

  1. Get you a big bowl out, throw in the softened cream cheese, beat well, add sweetened condensed milk while beating with the electric mixer, and mix well.
  2. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour into the graham cracker crust; cover. Let chill in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours. I make a day or so ahead of time.
  4. After 3 or 4 hours add the cherry pie filling on top of the chilled cream cheese filling.

Apple Red Hot Candy Pie

Another Southern pie winner! This delicious pie is also known as apple blush pie. It's made with red hots, those little red candies that you can get. I used to get them at the swimming pool. I do not know when to stop eating another slice. Maybe it is because I also love red hot candy! Give it a try; I know you will like it!

Ingredients for Apple Red Hot Cinnamon Pie

  • 1 can of apples or 6 cups fresh peeled, sliced apples
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (small can)
  • 4 tablespoons red hot cinnamon candy
  • ½ cup sugar (canned apples) ¾ cups sugar for fresh apples
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust (2 pie crusts)

Instructions for Making Apple Red Hot Cinnamon Pie

  1. Line a pie plate with one of the pie crusts.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl mix the apples, flour, cinnamon, and sugar, and toss until all the apples are covered
  3. Cover the bottom of the unbaked pie crust with apples.
  4. Add a can of pineapple.
  5. Dot the butter over the top of the pie.
  6. Using the other pie crust, cover the top of the pie.
  7. Cut slits in the top of the crust.
  8. I like to put a sprinkle of sugar on my top crust!
  9. Bake at 325°F until brown and red color bubbles appear on top of the pie.

No-Roll Pie Crust

Most of you know that I am lousy at making pie crust, I usually buy refrigerated ones.

This is a good pie crust if you need one and do not want to go to the store.

Ingredients for No-Roll Pie Crust

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions for Making No-Roll Pie Crust

  1. Add the flour, sugar, and salt to the bowl; mix.
  2. Add the oil and milk in a bowl; whip with a fork.
  3. Add the oil and milk mixture all at once to the flour mixture; mix well until forms a ball.
  4. Add the dough to the pie plate and press evenly with your fingers.
  5. Fill with a filling to bake or bake the crust and fill it with cooked filling.
  6. To the baked crust by itself; prick it all over with a fork.
  7. Bake at 375°F for 10 or 12 minutes until light brown.

Old-Fashioned Coconut Chess Pie

This Southern coconut chess pie is an old favorite. It's filled with coconut and has a tangy flavor made by the buttermilk, it is thick and creamy and very sweet.

A cup of coffee is a perfect mate to this delicious pie. It is easy to make and may be frozen.

Make your own crust or buy the refrigerated pie crust.

Ingredients for Old Fashioned Coconut Chess Pie

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup butter or margarine softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or lemon extract
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust

Instructions for Making Old Fashioned Coconut Chess Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the mixture into an unbaked pie crust.
  4. Bake for one hour.

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie is a favorite of many folks. This old-fashioned southern pie is easy to make and delicious with its tangy custard. The pie may be eaten warm or chilled.

Ingredients for Old-Fashioned Southern-Style Buttermilk Pie

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or lemon extract
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust

Instructions for Making Old-Fashioned Southern-Style Buttermilk Pie

  1. Cream the butter and sugar; add the flour and eggs. Beat well.
  2. Stir in the buttermilk and flavoring.
  3. Pour into an unbaked pie crust.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes.

Deliciously Easy Cherry Pie

I have cooked for a long time but I have never made a cherry pie.

I stumbled on a great secret for a delicious cherry pie! It is quick and easy and makes a delicious dessert in no time!

Ingredients for Easy Cherry Pie

  • 2 cans cherry pie filling (most are around 20 ounces)
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust (should contain two crusts)
  • Sugar, for sprinkling on top

Instructions for Making Easy Cherry Pie

I actually baked mine in a glass tart dish, it was beautiful!

  1. If you do not have a tart dish just use a 9-inch pie pan or dish.
  2. Line the pan with one crust.
  3. Tops the crust with two cans of cherry pie filling.
  4. Top with the second pie crust or you may cut in strips and criss-cross the crust on top.
  5. I then give it a light sprinkling of granulated sugar.
  6. Bake the pie according to the directions on the cherry pie filling can.

Tip From Margie Lynn

Apple pie filling is delicious too!

Microwave Peach Crumb Topped Pie

Are you looking for a way to use all those extra fresh peaches? Try this delicious Southern-style peach pie that you can make in the microwave!

Ingredients for Southern-Style Microwave Peach Crumb Topped Pie

  • 4 cups fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell, baked

Ingredients and Instructions Topping


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Directions for making the topping:

  1. Combine topping ingredients with a fork.

Instructions for Making Peach Crumb Topped Pie

  1. Combine the peaches, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and cinnamon.
  2. Place the peach mixture in the baked shell, cover it with wax paper, and microwave on high for about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn the pie halfway through the cooking.
  4. Sprinkle with the crumb topping and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes or until the topping is set.
  5. Let stand until cool.

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