Deep Fried Pecan Pies

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Deep Fried Pecan PiesEach holiday season, the amazing folks at the Betty Crocker Kitchen select a list of culinary trends they feel will be hot in the coming year.  Betty Crocker’s Red Hot Holiday Trends is a fun way to see what kinds of things are popular across the nation.  This year, they asked the Betty Bloggers to get in on the game by assigning each of us one of the 10 hot trends to use in developing a recipe.  I was thrilled to find out that I had been assigned the “All American Pastries” trend because us Southerners know some pastries.  And when it comes to classic Southern pastries – pies top the list.  There’s not another Southern pie quite like the pecan pie.  But I knew I couldn’t just produce a plain old pecan pie – I had to kick it up a notch.  So I turned them into hand-pies and deep fried them.  Now, this is true decadence…

IMG_1056-2In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, eggs, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the pecans. Simmer for about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

IMG_1061-2Bring the crusts to room temperature. Unroll one on a lightly floured surface and cut circles using a 4-inch circle cutter. Re-roll the dough and repeat until all of the dough has been used. You should end up with about 24 circles.

IMG_1067-2Place a heaping tablespoon of the pecan filling mixture in the center of a pie crust circle.

IMG_1070-2Lightly moisten the edges of the crust with water, then fold the crust over.

IMG_1076-2Crimp the edges together with a dinner fork. Repeat the process until all of the pie crusts have been used.

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In a large dutch oven, heat about 1 inch oil in the bottom to 350 degrees F. Fry the pies in batches for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side – or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels then lightly dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm.
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Deep Fried Pecan Pies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: about 24 pies

Deep Fried Pecan Pies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (14.1-ounce) packages Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, eggs, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the pecans. Simmer for about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Bring the crusts to room temperature. Unroll one on a lightly floured surface and cut circles using a 4-inch circle cutter. Re-roll the dough and repeat until all of the dough has been used. You should end up with about 24 circles.

Place a heaping tablespoon of the pecan filling mixture in the center of a pie crust circle. Lightly moisten the edges of the crust with water, then fold the crust over, crimping the edges with a dinner fork. Repeat the process until all of the pie crusts have been used.

In a large dutch oven, heat about 1 inch oil in the bottom to 350 degrees F. Fry the pies in batches for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side - or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels then lightly dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm.

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Comments

  1. Hold on, I need to wipe the drool off my keyboard. These look crazy good!

  2. I adore pecan pie, and these little fried pies look amazing! My grandmother made the best fried pies, but I’ve never been brave enough to make them myself. Some day!

    Happy holidays, Stacey!

    • Thanks, Jennifer! They are an undertaking for sure, but so worth it. I know YOU won’t have any trouble with them at all. Happy Holidays, friend!

  3. These pies look awesome! I love a hand hand pie…and fried, even better!

  4. They look fabulous, I am going to make some soon with the left over pecans we have from Thanksgiving. Yumo!

  5. These look like yummy bundles of joy :)

  6. I wonder how long they would take to bake in the oven? These look great.

  7. I can’t even deal with how good these look! So yummy!

  8. Oh my-those look wickedly delicious .In order to make then just a tad less fattening-do you think that one could bake th eassembled pies on a baking sheet instead of the deep fry method?

  9. WOW!! Fantastic recipe and great pictures. Can’t wait to make these with my Granddaughter…this will be so much fun. Thanks for a way to make memories! Merry Christmas!

  10. I make pecan pie all the time for the holidays. My question is, I have some family member that are older and have a hard time with pecan half. So I blind them in the blinder to chip them up find for my pie. Do you think that would work for those little fry pies.

  11. Looks great, however being diabetic I have to watch deep fried fook….could these be baked????

  12. Martha Reaves says:

    Looks yummy.

  13. Thanks for all the great messages & recipes throughout the years!

    Merry Christmas, Stacey, to you & yours!!!

  14. I love this…..in Spanish, a turnover is empanada…and I could eat anything that is enclosed in a pie crust! Fried pies, empanadas fritas, are the best, and when the filling is pecan…OMG! Heaven! Thank you! Thank you! Love it!

  15. Any chance I could swap out the pecans with apple? These would be great little mini apple pies…

    • Hi Jessica! I wish I could give you a definitive answer. In theory, I think it would work, but I’m afraid that the apples wouldn’t have enough time to cook through. If you give it a try, please come back and let me know!!

  16. Oh my heavens, I think I’m going to faint! Quick, revive me with one (or two) of these pies!!!

  17. Jennifer C. says:

    Stacey, I have been selling baked goods to raise money for a dance camp my daughter will be attending this summer. So far in 2 months I have raised close to $800. I am always looking for ideas and receipes to make for these sales. Do you think these pies would do okay if I fry them then put them in a bag after they have cooled to sale the next morning? If you have any great ideas or bake sale recipes, I would appreciate those too! Thanks!

    • Hi Jennifer! Listen at you! That’s amazing! The thing about these is that they are really best when they are hot. I would recommend them for a bake sale. My Easiest Cookies Bars Ever, Pecan Chewies, and Sweet and Salty Toffee Cookies would work really well, though! Good luck!

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