Old-fashioned, made from scratch, chocolate fried pies have no equal. Each fried pie includes a soft flaky outside and the most scrumptious chocolate filling inside.
In the fried pie world, I have two favorites: fried peach pies and old-fashioned chocolate fried pies. 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 wallop of flavor that dried ones do. 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. This is what 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.
My chocolate fried pie recipe is pretty simple to follow, but the results are mouthwateringly good. I mean, can anyone really say no to a rich and decadent chocolate filling wrapped in a flaky pie crust and dusted with sugar? I think not! I’ve heard people say they’re like chocolate pop tarts but better.
The first step is to make the pie dough, using shortening, milk, salt, and all-purpose flour. Then we make the pie filling I mention above. Next, pop the paste into the dough to make your pies, and then we fry them! In a few minutes, you’ll have perfectly crisp and flavorful chocolate fried pies. I can’t wait for you to give them a go! They’re irresistible yet so easy to make, which is a win-win situation when it comes to dessert, right?
Now let’s make some chocolate hand pies!
- Shortening (like Crisco or coconut oil, I’m using generic)
- All-purpose flour
- Unsalted butter
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
How to Make Chocolate Fried Pies
Place flour, salt, and shortening in a medium 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.
Pour milk into the 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 10 ball-shaped portions.
In a separate medium bowl, place melted butter, sugar, and cocoa powder.
Stir it up really well. It will form a paste.
Note: This is a gritty chocolate paste and it is utterly delicious.
Alright, now we need to take each of those dough balls and make them into a 6-inch (or so) circle.
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.
Fold over and crimp edges lightly with a fork.
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 golden brown on one side, then flip and cook until browned on the other as well.
This will just take a few minutes.
Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
Let cool slightly before eating.
Or add some powdered sugar over the top before you enjoy it. Or not, do whatever cranks your tractor!
Share with your friends!
Store leftover pies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. I like to quickly reheat them either in the air fryer or oven so they’re nice and crispy once more.
- For a buttermilk crust, substitute the milk for buttermilk.
- For extra chocolate flavor, add 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the pie dough.
Can I use canned biscuit dough?
You can make these with canned biscuit dough but they won’t be the same. 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 is, it’s the process of making something yummy for someone because you love them. That makes everything taste better.
How do you serve chocolate hand pies?
If you want to be extra decadent (I mean, who doesn’t?) chocolate fried pies taste delicious with a drizzle of chocolate syrup or caramel sauce. Or why not serve a with a dollop of or a scoop of vanilla ? YUM.
Check out these other tasty chocolate treats:
Recipe For Easy Chocolate Fudge
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup milk more if needed
- vegetable oil for frying
- 2 cups sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine, melted 1 stick
- 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 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup shortening, 1/2 cup milk
- Divide the dough into ten ball-shaped portions.
- In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar until it forms a paste.6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine, melted, 2 cups sugar
- Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 inch in a large skillet and place over medium-high heat to preheat while you assemble pies.vegetable oil for frying
- On a floured surface, roll or pat each dough ball into a 6-inch circle. Place 2 tablespoons of chocolate filling in the center of each. Dip fingertips in water and run around the outside edges of the crust. Fold over and crimp with a fork to seal.
- 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 golden brown on one side, then flip and brown on the other.
- Remove to paper towel-lined plates and repeat until all pies are cooked. Cool slightly before serving and add a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired.
Previous Pie Day Friday Posts
- May 31th – Frozen Turtle Pie
- June 7th – Strawberry Cream Pie
- June 13th – Triple Chocolate Brownie Pie
- June 21st – Frozen Oreo Pie
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Just like my Granny used to make, gritty filling and all. It’s one of those “ya either love it or ya hate it” things, I suppose. Personally, I love it, ’cause it’s how my Granny made it. Thank you for posting this recipe, because I couldn’t remember how she made her pastry dough.
Thank you Elizabeth, I am so glad you liked the pies!!
i made this filling exactly as posted. When i fried my pies the chocolate ran out all in my skillet. I made my homemade biscuit recipe for the dough and it had no holes in it. I thought that maybe I put too much filling so i reduced the amount of filling i put in it but it still done the same thing. Any suggestions?
Could be that you didn’t seal the crust well. I had the same problem and I think that’s what went wrong.
Hi, I tried the crust recipe to make caramel apple fried pies. It’s really easy to make and delicious! I added a little butter to the shortening. I think this crust would be delicious with a chicken or vegetable pot pie filling as well. Thanks for sharing!
I am so glad you gave it a try Michelle!! Yes, it does work well for pot pies as well as many other pies!
I had been trying to find out if my cousins in the south remembered how our aunties made these. Thank you so much.
I hope you get the chance to enjoy one soon!!!
Oh my goodness! I have not had these since i was a kid!! I stumbled upon your recipe and just had to make these. My mom used to make these when i was a kid (we live in Texas) and these taste just the same.
Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe.
P.S. This is the only think i have fried is a very long time
Ei am so glad you stumbled across the recipe and enjoyed them!!! I hope you had a Happy Easter!
Thank you for posting this recipie! My grandmother made pies very similar to these, only she didn’t use a recipie. I enjoy making these pies, and my beau enjoys eating them!
Will apple pie filing in can work??