Kids’ Favorite Takeout: (Healthy) Copycat McDonald’s Apple Pie Recipe

  • I am not a big fast food person. However, somehow I always get suckered into trying the sweets off of fast food menus. Maybe it’s because I’m a dessert fanatic with no self-control, or maybe it’s because McDonalds always make them look so darn good. No matter the reason, clearly I know better and would prefer that my kids not consume this stuff on the regular, so I often set out to make my own copycat recipes. Those classic little McDonald’s apple pies are something I’ve always wanted to make at home, and who doesn’t love a handy, filled with sweet, warm apple pie filling? Turns out, making a healthier version is super simple and is something I even give my kids (and myself) for breakfast…not just dessert. Bake up a batch today and let me know what you think!



    Healthy Copycat McDonald's Apple Pie

    Dessert healthy enough for breakfast! You gotta try this recipe.

    Servings: 8 pies


    • fuji apples: 2 large, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
    • brown sugar: 2 tablespoons
    • unsalted butter: 2 tablespoons
    • corn starch: 2 teaspoons
    • salt: ¼ teaspoon
    • cinnamon: ½ teaspoon
    • refrigerated pie dough: 1 package (2 pieces), thawed
    • 1 egg, beaten


    Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a reusable silicone liner. 

    Step 2: Place apples, sugar, corn starch, salt, cinnamon, and water into a large skillet over medium heat. Cook apples until fork tender, about 6 minutes. Allow apples to cool while you prepare the crust.

    ingredients needed to make mcdonalds style baked apple pies

    mixing the pie filling

    adding butter to the pie filling

    Use a knife to test if apples are ready

    Step 3: Roll out both pieces of dough onto a floured surface. 

    rolling out dough for pies

    Step 4: Cut dough into an 8-inch square and then into four 4-inch squares. 



    Step 5: Place about 1 tablespoon of apple mixture onto each of the dough squares. 

    putting the filling in the pies

    Step 6: Brush the edges of each square with beaten egg and then fold one side of the dough over the apples. Crimp the edges with your finger to seal the pies closed. 

     closing the pies

    use your finger to seal the edge of the apple pies

    Step 7: Cut 3 slits into the tops of each pie. Place pies onto prepared baking sheet and brush with egg wash. 

     cutting vents on the top of the apple pies

    Glazing the apple pies

    Step 8: Bake pies in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until the pies are golden brown and cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack. Serve warm. Enjoy.

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