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Fried Lemon Hand Pies

These Fried Lemon Hand Pies are quite possibly my favorite dessert ever! They are incredibly simple to make and will disappear as fast as you can fry them up!


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Fried Lemon Hand Pies are the ultimate mini dessert recipe from MissintheKitchen.com

Fried Lemon Hand Pies

Fried pies are a classic southern dessert.  I remember sitting at my grandma’s kitchen bar watching her make the little hand held pies that we all loved.  She would make dozens of them at a time and I’m sure that they never lasted long.

She always made a couple of varieties but my favorite was always apricot. She used dried apricots and they were what my childhood dessert dreams were made of.  

A couple of years ago when we moved back south to Oklahoma, we went to a local ranch auction and there were ladies that had set up a booth selling fried pies. They had, lemon, apple and apricot.  I hadn’t had an apricot fried pie since I was a kid.  

Fried Lemon Hand Pies Recipe from MissintheKitchen.com

I wanted to buy all that they had made but I just bought one and savored every bite. It was just like my grandma would make. It was pure dessert bliss for me.

Lemon pie has always been one of my favorites and I got the idea to make bite- size fried pies.  I can’t even tell you how delicious these mini lemon fried pies turned out.  My family has been begging me to make them again and again.

Fried Lemon Hand Pies Recipe is so easy and so delicious! From MissintheKitchen.com

The good news is that they are super simple. I used refrigerated pie dough and store bought lemon curd and they went together so easy.  They fried up in just a matter of minutes and didn’t even make a big mess when frying.

I dusted the mini fried pies with powdered sugar and they were gone in the blink of an eye.  This is a definite crowd pleaser.

Fried Lemon Hand Pies Recipe for an easy dessert from MissintheKitchen.com

Lemon desserts, like my Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing and Lemon- Pieapple Poke Cake are classic for summer potlucks and cookouts but I actually love them all year long.

These fried lemon hand pies are going to be the hit of any family get together but they are simple enough for a weeknight dessert for the family to enjoy.




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This Fried Lemon Hand Pies Recipe also appears on Food Fanatic, where I contribute all things fried! 


  1. Thank You.
    My husband loves anything and everything lemon so I know he will absolutely Love these.

  2. That makes my mouth water, your pictures are coming off the page at me. As Emmit always said I need that. HAHA

  3. Do you think these could be baked, if you didn’t want to deep fry for (ha-ha) health reasons. (I know it is hypocritical to eat pie crust and lemon curd and then talk about health…LOL) Or would the baking time for the pie crust ruin the lemon curd inside?

    1. Hi Karen, I am sure they would do just fine in the oven. I would try for 375 degrees for about 18-20 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Let me know how they do if you try them. 🙂


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