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McDonald’s Apple Pie: Better Homemade!

4.85 from 33 votes
There's nothing better than a famous apple pie from McDonald's, right? Not so fast! Try making my McDonald's Apple Pie recipe and you be the judge.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Avoid the drive-thru (and the urge to get an order of french fries) by making this delicious homemade version of McDonald’s Apple Pie! My McDonald’s Baked Apple Pie is easy to make and tastes even better when you pull it warm right out of the oven instead of out of a greasy fast food bag! 

My McDonald’s apple pie recipe is full of fresh, sweet, tart apples and cinnamon, wrapped in a flakey, buttery pastry. It’s simple — but absolutely irresistible. 

The best part is you can make these hand apple pies with my Easy Puff Pastry or four sheets of store-bought puff pastry! And any leftover apple pie filling is the perfect companion to some vanilla ice cream. Once you try these, you’ll want to try some of my other apple recipes, like My Mum’s Irish Apple Cake, My Perfect Classic Apple Pie, and Caramel Apple Tarte Tatin.

McDonald's Apple Pies made at home.

What Are McDonald’s Style Apple Pies?

McDonald’s Apple Pies, which are actually apple turnovers, were the first dessert introduced at the world-famous fast-food chain, and my version tastes just like it. (That’s my attempt at being humble! I’d take this version over McDonald’s every time!) 

What Apples Are Best

If you’re standing at the grocery store or at the farmer’s market and you’re staring down about a thousand different apples, don’t fear. You’ll want to choose something classic for baking — here in the U.S. that’s an apple like Granny Smith, or Bramley if you’re overseas!

What You Need To Make McDonald’s Style Apple Pies

Six McDonald's Apple Pies with whipped cream.

How To Make McDonald’s Style Apple Pies

Lets put those delicious fall apples to work! Here’s how you make McDonald’s apple pies (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Combine butter, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice in a shallow saucepan over medium heat. Cook this mixture until most of the liquid reduces, and the apples have softened.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cornflour and water to make a “slurry.” Stir this into your cooked apples and allow to cook for 2 minutes to allow the filling to thicken. 
  3. Take the apple filling off of the stove and allow it to cool completely. 
  4. Roll out the puff pastry onto a floured surface, about 1/8-inch thick. Cut into eight 4.5×6-inch (12x15cm) rectangles and place them on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets. 
  5. Scoop about 1-2 heaped teaspoons of apple filling and lay it in the center of the pastry.
  6. Brush the pastry’s edges with a little egg wash, fold over, and press and seal using the tines of a fork.
  7. Cut three slits onto the top of the pastry to vent. Brush the tops with egg wash, or a little milk,  and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.
  8. Bake in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven for about 25-30 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making McDonald’s Style Apple Pies

  • Be sure your pastry and filling are both cold when assembling, otherwise, the pies will be too difficult to handle. 
  • Make my Easy Puff Pastry or use 4 sheets of store-bought puff pastry.
  • You can use this pie filling for a whole pie instead of turnovers. Or simply serve it with some vanilla ice cream!
  • The apple filling can be made up to 3 days in advance.
  • You can freeze the apple pie filling for up to 2 months.

A close up of the interior of my McDonald's Apple Pies, apple hand pies made at home.

How Do I Store McDonald’s Apple Pies?

This copycat apple pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Before serving, rewarm in a 300°F (150°C) oven for 10 minutes to re-crisp! 

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McDonald's Apple Pies topped with whipped cream.

Full (and printable) recipe below!

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Homemade McDonald’s Apple Pies Recipe

4.85 from 33 votes
There's nothing better than a famous apple pie from McDonald's, right? Not so fast! Try making my McDonald's Apple Pie recipe and you can be the judge.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 hand pies
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
There's nothing better than a famous apple pie from McDonald's, right? Not so fast! Try making my McDonald's Apple Pie recipe and you can be the judge.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 hand pies

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (2oz/57g) butter
  • 4 apples peeled, cored and diced small
  • cup (4oz/115g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 x recipe Easy Puff Pastry (or store bought puff pastry)
  • egg wash
  • cinnamon sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment.
  • In a shallow saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice, and cook gently until most of the liquid reduces and the apples have softened.
  • In a small bowl mix the cornflour and water to make a 'slurry'. Add this to the cooked apples stirring as you go. Allow to cook for 2 minutes to thicken the filling before removing it from the heat.
  • Set the apple filling aside to cool down completely. Once cool you can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days. It can also be frozen.
  • Once the filling is cool, roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface to roughly ⅛ inch thick.
  • Cut into eight 4.5x6 inch (12x15cm) rectangles and transfer to your prepared baking sheets. You can re-roll this pastry and make even more pies.
  • For each pastry rectangle, scoop out 1-2 heaped teaspoons of apple filling and lay in the center of the pastry.
  • Brush the edges with a touch of egg wash or milk, fold over, press and seal with the tines of a fork.
  • Cut three slits in the top of each pastry for venting, brush with the egg wash or milk, and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake until pastry is puffed and golden, about 25-30 minutes.
    Enjoy warm with cream or ice cream! Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two days. Rewarm in a 300°F (150°C) oven for 10 minutes to re-crisp before eating.
  • * A sharp, crisp, dessert apple will be best for this dessert. Adjust the sugar to taste.

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Masiel Barrios
Masiel Barrios
16 days ago

Made the recipe today and delicious, delicious, delicious! 🤩
Greetings from Guatemala! ✨😄

Annette
17 days ago

I worked at McDonald’s in high school, back then the pies were deep fried. The baked ones are ok but the deep fried were so much better, they had cherry too. They also had wonderful cinnamon danish—I think we warmed them up in the English muffin toaster.

18 days ago

ooo must try this!!! love d regular apple.pies and these look soooo tempting 😍😍🤩🤩🤩

kakubes
7 days ago

Gemma: All I can say is that apple filling is about the BEST that I have ever made! I added a bit of cardamom for added perfume. The turnovers were a major hit! Thank you for all the excellent recipes and inspiration!

Sara
Sara
9 days ago

Hi Gemma, loooved how this turned out. I made quite a few and they were a huge hit !! Just wanted to let you know that I got into baking because of you and now I’m basically the family baker ! Much love from India :))

Last edited 9 days ago by Sara
Elisa Di Giorgio
9 days ago

Hello Gemma.
I did them this afternoon… delicious!! We couldn’t resist and ate them all, before I could take a picture 😁
Another great recipe. Thanks a million Gemma. I am addicted to you blog and recipes.
Happy weekend and greetings from Germany.
Elisa.

Linoya
Linoya
10 days ago

OMG this is so delicious!!! I used whole spelt flour and it turned out great! Even though the dough was accidentally a bit wetter than I intended, it still turned very flaky and crunchy! My husband and I LOVED that, thank you so much 🙏🏻

Linoya
Linoya
12 days ago

Looks yummy!! I’d really like to try this, but I don’t want to make a mistake – if I understand correctly, I should double the amount of the puff pastry recipe in order to get enough for this recipe? So should I put 400 grams of butter in the freezer overnight?

Mila
Mila
14 days ago

Hi Gemma, made this and everyone loved it. I have a question, I want to make all types of your cookies ready for xmas and freeze them raw and bake them in the holidays, will they be ok? Do I bake from frozen? And how about the chocolate crinkle cookies? I ended up making them all week coz they were eating them ! Thanks 🤗

Marsha
14 days ago

Gemma, I’m going to try this tomorrow for Canadian Thanksgiving. Can I prepped these earlier in the day, put them in the fridge? Then bake them when I’m ready? Or is it better to bake them right away and just reheat them later?

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