Chocolate Fried Pies (Pie Day Friday!)


Chocolate Fried Pies from SouthernPlate

An old fashioned, made from scratch, fried pie has no equal. In the fried pie world, I have two favorites: Peach and Chocolate. For an amazing peach pie like my great grandmother made, you have to start with dried peaches. Fresh or canned just can’t pack the wallup of flavor that dried ones do. Click here for my recipe and if you want to watch me make them with Al Roker – just for kicks.

And for fried chocolate pies like I grew up with, you have to make your own chocolate paste out of sugar, butter, and cocoa powder, like my Aunt Sue does and you have to use the recipe that I put in my first cookbook, like I’m sharing with you here.

Note:  You can make these with canned biscuit dough but they won’t be the same. They will still be good in a pinch though. You can also make these simply by sticking a mini chocolate bar inside each one – but it won’t be the same, either. They will still be good in a pinch, though! Just do what you have time to do and put your heart into it. The most important step in cooking isn’t the ingredients you use or  how intricate the preparation, it’s the process of making something yummy for someone because you love them. That makes everything taste better.

Now let’s make some fried pies…


For the crust you’ll need: Shortening (like Crisco, I’m using generic), milk, salt, and all purpose flour.


For the chocolate paste filling you’ll need: Sugar, butter, and cocoa powder.

Most of my family’s old recipes don’t use baking chocolate and such, but cocoa powder instead because it was so much more affordable.


Place flour, salt, and shortening in a bowl. Stir together really well and then cut the shortening into the flour with a long tined fork.

Or a pastry cutter if you’re feeling fancy.


Like this. See? I’m using my own cookbook for this recipe. That is one of the benefits of being a highly unorganized person who happens to have a food blog and a few published books – If it weren’t for these things I’d never be able to find any of my recipes.

Oh yeah, this is my photo of my shortening after it was cut into my flour.  


Pour milk into flour mixture.


Stir it up really well.

You may need to add more milk, and that is perfectly okay. Add a tablespoon or so at a time until it forms a ball of dough.


Divide that up into ten ball shaped portions.

Look at the photo and see that Christy has only nine portions. Life is just like that sometimes.


In a medium mixing bowl, place melted butter, sugar, and cocoa powder.


Let your chocolate loving daughter come in for a good sniff…


Then let her stir it up really well.



It will form a paste. Note: This is a gritty chocolate paste and it is utterly delicious.

It’s like folks did in the old days and keep in mind folks were, by and large, an awful lot happier in the old days in most cases. Perhaps chocolate paste fried up inside homemade pies had something to do with this. It certainly couldn’t hurt.


Alright now we need to take each of those dough balls and make them into a 6 inch (or so) circle.

I usually roll mine out but I noticed here that my circles are a lot more like circles when I just pat the out.


 See? This circle was rolled out but that previous perfect looking one was patted out.

Now place about 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each.

THEN, dip your fingertips in water and run them around the edges to help them stick together.

Chocolate Fried Pies from SouthernPlate

Fold over and crimp edges lightly with a fork.

Chocolate Fried Pies from SouthernPlate

Preheat about 1/4 inch of oil in a large skillet on medium high for about five minutes, then turn it down to medium and carefully add your pies a few at a time, careful not to overcrowd.

Let them cook until browned on one side, then flip and cook until browned on the other as well. This will just take a few minutes.

Chocolate Fried Pies from SouthernPlate

Remove to paper towel lined platter.

Chocolate Fried Pies from SouthernPlate

Let cool slightly before eating.

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Chocolate Fried Pies (Pie Day Friday!)
  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup milk, more if needed
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening with a long tined fork. Add the milk and stir until the dough sticks together.
  2. Divide the dough into ten ball shaped portions.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar until it forms a paste.
  4. Pour oil to a depth of ¼ inch in a large skillet and place over medium high heat to preheat while you assemble pies.
  5. On a floured surface, roll or pat each dough ball into a 6 inch circle. Place 2 tablespoons of chocolate paste in center of each. Dip fingertips in water and run around outside edges of crust. Fold over and crimp with fork to seal.
  6. After oil has heated for at least five minutes, reduce heat to medium. Carefully add a few pies at a time to hot oil and cook until browned on one side, flip and brown on the other.
  7. Remove to paper towel lined plates and repeat until all pies are cooked.
Cool slightly before serving.
Store leftover pies at room temp for up to three days.

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  1. Bren says

    Those look so good! My three boys
    will love them. I love your site, we recently sponsored
    a child through Compassion because of
    what you shared about your trip. You are
    truly a special lady.

    • Betty Duck says

      The fried chocolate pies brought back memories of my mother. When I was growing up, she would always make fried chocolate pies. Her recipe is basically like yours, except she didn’t mix the melted butter in with them. I made your recipe but had a lot of the chocolate mixture left. I took a can of crescent rolls and put some of the mixture in each roll and baked them They were delicious.
      When I would tell my friends about my mother’s fried chocolate pies, they did not know what I was talking about. Oh by the way, this recipe was passed down to my mother by my grandmother.

  2. Debbie Strum says

    Oh my chocolateness!! I have been waiting for you to share this recipe and here it is!! Thank you so much, Christy!! LOVE the picture of Katy Rose enjoying the wonderful aroma of the chocolate powder, too! I SO understand her love of chocolate! Will have to whip up a few of these this evening!

  3. Diane says

    Christy, are you sure we aren’t related??? The chocolate pie is just like my aunt made when I was a little girl…and my Mother made peach (and apricot) fried pies from dried fruit. You post so many recipes that take me back to my childhood…thanks for the walks down memory lane!

  4. heather whitbread says

    These look so good! I will have to try them. I’m going to try 1/2 with your cocoa recipe and 1/2 with Nutella – just to compare! I’m sure yours will be better, but someone has to sacrifice. 😉

  5. Sibyl Scott says

    My daughter and I were looking at my Facebook Page when your post about chocolate fried pies came on. She and I looked at each other. Couldn’t get over to your site fast enough. This is her favorite fried pie. We go to a local farm here and they sell all kinds of fried pies. I have wanted to make them, but just really didn’t know how to. I now can make them for us. Thanks bunches. I love the coconut cream type, but chocolate is right there on top also. This is going to be so good. Thanks for your site, nothing like good ole country cookin.

  6. Marsha M. Los Angeles CA says

    What a wonderful old fashioned recipe. My mother in-law, who was raised in Cushman, Arkansas has told me of these fried pies. She had to make do without much all her life, but she has wonderful memories, and I love hearing them from her. I will give these a try and take her some.

  7. Kaye says

    OH, Oh, oh. . . MY GOODNESS. . . “THANK YOU,” so very, very MUCH for this one!! We used to have a small, local DRIVE-IN rest. in the town where I grew up as a child, EVERY SINGLE “Friday,” our family would never fail to whip by and order up some “deep fried chocolate pies!!” YUMMY absolute D LISH, now I will make my own attempt at this one, too!! If this almost “hallowed” long gone recipe has made it’s way back to me. . . well it was simply “written in the STARS!” Chocolate Fried Pies, in peanut OIL!!! Oh my goodness, can’t wait to bake, Oh. . . never mind, FRY me up some PIES!!!!! YUM YUM!! THANK YOU SO MUCH CHRISTY!! You are one in a BILLION, a true jewel!! Blessings to you and yours ALWAYS.

      • Melissa says

        I always use butter when I make pie crust and it comes out perfect. I do keep everything very cold. Yesterday I made peach fried pies using your recipe and substituting butter for the Crisco. I used a pastry blender to mix cold butter into the flour mixture. I put the balls of dough I was not working on at the moment in the fridge to keep them cold while I fried up the first. My husband said they were the best he has ever eaten. They came out crispy and flakey!

  8. says

    Fried pies are a family staple. I remember while in college, our church made 1,000 of apple fried pies for the fall festival including drying the apples, cooking them, and making the dough from scratch with lard, flour and milk. I still like lard for pie crusts. I hated fried pies sometimes after that but they are one of my favorites again now. I prefer pies over cakes. Got to try your chocolate ones.

  9. Becky says

    I just won Grand Champion at our County Fair with your Peach Fried Pies! Only my second time to make fried pies, ever, and after making them the first time two weeks ago, my sweet daughter-in-law assured me that I could win with your recipe. I think I got snookered; she knows that you only have to take three pies for judging, so she and my husband would get to test the remaining seven! Thanks for the great recipe. Can’t wait to try the chocolate!

  10. Melissa Dalton says

    These are delicious. I made these for my mom, and she has dementia. She still can remember these and asks me at least once a week to make them. This is definitely comfort food right here, scrumptious!!!

  11. Trayce Brooks says

    Wow! This is how my Mama Nell used to make her chocolate fried pies! And I loved them! She’d make a plateful of apple & peach and there’d always be several chocolate ones for me and my sister! Thanks for passing this on to others!

  12. Becky says

    I tried the Fried Peach Pies and they were wonderful, turned out great with no problems. Then tried the Chocolate Pies, and had a mess. They tasted good, but when I fried them, I guess the chocolate got hot and the pie just turned into a gooey mess. Dough and chocolate, ended up almost like dumplings. Any suggestions?


    • PATSY S. TUCKER says

      I tried Christy Jordan’s “Aunt Sue’s Chocolate Fried Pies”.

      The sugar filling was GRAINY. = 2 cups sugar, 6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder,
      ½ cup melted butter.

      Instead, I told myself that I would try choc sauce recipe (below), but ‘increase cornstarch’ to make it thicker–to keep it from running out of crust while frying, (This following sauce is delicious over hot biscuits…)

      1 T. butter 1 T. shortening 3 T. cocoa ¾ cup boiling water
      2 T. white corn syrup 1 cup sugar 1 T. cornstarch ¼ t. salt 1 t. vanilla

      Boil, stir over med heat ~ 5 min. till sugar is completely dissolved!
      (I like dried peaches and choc pies…but had to buy apricots, since that’s all ALDI had.

  13. Vickie Wilcox says

    So glad to have this recipe…reminds me of my grandmother! Thank you!! Can you please tell me what you use to stack your Pyrex bowls so they display so well?? What do you put insid eof them?? Thank you!

  14. Tara says

    Same recipe my Mamaw made in Alabama, but she did a few things different, she never melted the butter, just put the sugar and cocoa in the dough pocket with 3-4 pats of butter on top, they mix/melt into a perfect filling without you having to pre-mix…when you’re feeding lots of grandkids, this helps! :) Also, she would make apple fried pies by adding pats of butter, cinnamon, salt, sugar, and dried apple slices she had made from the summer…YUMMINESS…another change is she never deep fried them, just put a few pats of butter (yep, more pats) into a flat skillet and cooked them like you’d cook a grilled cheese…:) Less fat I hope that way :)

  15. E. L. says

    I’m going to try these, I am a confirmed card carrying chocoholic. My Grandmother cooked in cafes for many years & made fabulous fried pies. I never got her recipe for the filling, but I know that she never used shortening for her crust. If she didn’t have lard we didn’t have pie. Thank you for this. Have a Jesus blessed day.

  16. Kaye says

    Oh my goodness, Christy!!! I used to have these fried pies as a kid… my Mama went to Heaven several years ago, I could never find her recipe for these, just can’t wait to try this one. . . I know they are beyond yummy!!! Thanks so much for this one, it once was lost but now tis found!! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!! : )

  17. Ellen Sedberry says

    I couldn’t wait to try your chocolate fried pies. I went by your recipe, making the ten balls of dough and rolling them out to 6 inches. My oil was hot, but my pies broke apart while frying and the chocolate was kind of gritty, not creamy like yours looks. Any suggestions? Tell me what I’m doing wrong. I’d like to try them again.

  18. Tricia says

    I’ve saved this recipe for a while and have wanted to make them. We love fried pies and I thought this recipe would be divine. So I made them today and I am so disappointed. I’m sure it’s me and not the recipe, but after I fried them the chocolate is still gritty. I think I fried them long enough. They are golden brown. I think I will bake them in the oven for a bit and see if that helps.

    • says

      It’s not you! The chocolate is an old fashioned chocolate paste and the sugar gives it that grittiness. The texture is how they traditionally are rather than a chocolate pudding type texture, which, you can actually use in its place if you prefer that.

  19. Lindsey says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My dad told us about when he was little and his grandma would make a big batch of choco fry pies for all the grandkids. The kids would eat their fill and pack their pockets and their was still a heaping pile left so the kids would have choco pie fights in the back yard. I always pictured my dad hiding behind a tree waiting for a cousin to come around the corner only to get smacked with a hand pie. He is coming for a visit next month and i am going to have a mountain of chocolate pies waiting!

  20. Stacie says

    Oh, these bring back some wonderful childhood memories for me. My grandmother made them the same way. I can still remember the gritty, chocolate filling that was so wonderful! Thank you for bringing these back into my life. I will be making them tonight with my kiddos!

  21. Brenda says

    I can not wait to try these! Thank you so much for ALL of your recipes! I have both of your cookbooks and have given them as gifts to daughter and sisters! Looking forward to the next one!


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