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McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

The cherry pies from McDonalds have always been a favorite of mine. Some people only like the apple pies, but I was always partial to the cherry. You can’t find them at all McDonalds anymore, only some of the restaurants serve them. Of course, I’d always opt for a homemade pie anyway, so making one of my own was fun too.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Every cook or baker has a nemesis. Mine is the perfect pie crust. I can make pie crust, and have done so successfully in the past, but I know they could be better. And easier. I just seem to struggle with it sometimes. So instead of frustrating myself, I’ll enjoy the rest of the process by using a refrigerated crust instead. If you love to make pie crust, then by all means do so. :)

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I also use my homemade cherry pie filling, but canned pie filling works just as good. I’ll probably get a ration of crap from people that I’m using half of a refrigerated pie crust for one pie, but if you wanted to, you could probably get three or four out of the whole crust if you rolled it thinner. However, the thicker crust is better for a hand pie so that thin, delicate crust doesn’t ooze hot filling onto your hands.

Just sayin’.

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I haven’t seen this book first hand (Handheld Pies: Dozens of Pint-Size Sweets and Savories), but it has some very favorable reviews. I am a hand pie person, especially since my kids won’t touch fruit desserts with a ten foot pole. So I was thinking about buying it. Have any of you been through this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have!

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Ball up the dough and roll it out to approximately 10″x6″.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Cut rectangle in half so that you have two 5×6 pieces.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Spoon 2 tablespoons of cherry pie filling onto each of the dough rectangles.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Fold rectangle lengthwise to encase the filling. Press edges closed with fingers, use a little water on your fingertips to help seal.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Press the edges with the tines of a fork.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

If desired, brush the dough with egg wash (one egg beaten with 1/2 teaspoon water) or melted butter.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Cut slits in the top of the dough to allow steam to escape during cooking. If you like, sprinkle with Sugar in the Raw.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Bake, remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2 pies

Serving Size: 1 pie

McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 4 tablespoons cherry pie filling
  • 1 egg or 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted (optional)
  • Sugar in the Raw (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line an insulated baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Dust work surface with flour. Ball up the refrigerated crust dough and knead it a few times. Roll it out to approximately 10"x6".Cut rectangle in half so that you have two 5x6 pieces. Place dough rectangles onto the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Spoon 2 tablespoons of cherry pie filling onto each of the dough rectangles.
  4. Fold rectangle lengthwise to encase the filling. Press edges closed with fingers, use a little water on your fingertips to help seal. Press the edges with the tines of a fork.
  5. If desired, brush the dough with egg wash (one egg beaten with 1/2 teaspoon water) or melted butter.
  6. Cut slits in the top of the dough to allow steam to escape during cooking.
  7. If you like, sprinkle with Sugar in the Raw.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.
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14 Responses to McDonalds Cherry Pie Copycat

  1. 1

    Yummy! I do love McDonald’s cherry pies. I also loved the pumpkin pie ones, too! These look so easy and good. i haven’t read the book but I think I need to pick one up!

  2. 2
    Kellie Trudel says:

    It’s funny that you mention making pie crust in “nemesis” terms because I used to, too! I now use my Kitchenaid mixer to make pie crust (using the instructions in the operating manual)….I’ll never make it “by hand” again. It turns out so well! I think I’ll try this recipe on the weekend…sounds delish :)

    • 2.1

      I’ll check that out :) I actually use my food processor which does an awesome job. I don’t think the mixing is my problem but rather the rolling and baking. They work and come out fine, but I don’t find it enjoyable :-P

  3. 3

    I just love these, Amanda. Those McDonald’s pies are so good, but I’m pretty sure they’re fried. These are so much healthier!

  4. 4

    G’day and YUM! Copycat recipes are always fun, true!
    GREAT photos! Wish I could try one right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  5. 5

    So pretty Amanda & when I was a kid, I used to love McD’s cherry pies. It’s been like 25 yrs since I’ve had one and yours are calling me. Pinned

  6. 6

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  7. 7
    dina says:

    they look better than mcdonald’s!

  8. 8

    It’s really a shame McDonald’s stopped serving the fried pies. These look so super-easy to make – just choose your favorite filling. Thanks for sharing!

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