Bobby’s Lighter Apple Pies

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By Bobby Deen

192 Fewer Calories

22g Less Fat

4 teaspoons butter
3 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated rolled pie crust
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a large sheet tray with nonstick spray.
Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until melted.  Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Cook, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft, 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from the heat; let the filling cool 15 minutes. 

Cut the pie crust roll into 8 (11/4-inch) pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a 5-inch round.  Spoon 2 tablespoons filling slightly off center of each round. Fold each round over the filling to make a half-moon shape. Seal by pressing the edges with the tines of a fork. Prick the top of each pie two or three times to vent. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. A little of the filling may bubble out. Cool on the baking sheet on a rack 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Prep Time: 35 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: easy
Yield: 8 pieces

Per Serving (1 pie) 176 Cal (41% from Fat, 3% from Protein, 56% from Carb); 1 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 25 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 11 g Sugar; 3 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 162 mg Sodium; 5 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Fried Apple Pies

Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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Thanks for the help. I need all of the help I can get with what I can eat on my Diabetic diet I crave sweets but I don't know what I can have.Thanks again God Bless all of you. grin

By Laverne Arns on August 08, 2013


Love the recipes on the website, love the information on the website. Went to your brother's restaurant in Savannah and it was great. Couldn't get in Lady & Sons, will try again later. Have hated the way you have been treated by the Food Network and your other sponsors. The press always makes things worse than they really are just to have something to say.

By Marsha Parker Britton on July 16, 2013


I tried these yesterday with the help of my husband they turned out great.. we don't need a large apple pie for just the two of us.. I plan on freezing at least half for future use.. we are going to try with cherries as my husband just loves cherry pie and maybe peach when the new season comes. Thanks for doing this I just love your Mom and now you and your brother are among our favorites as well. Bless you all

By mrcota12 on January 31, 2013


I absolutely love your lighter recipes!!! I have printed out several and am looking forward to making each one of them. As I was printed them out, I noticed something missing on the printed versions -the nutritional information. I am now writing that information on each recipe. Do you know what I might being doing incorrectly? My dad has passed on now, but he used to experiment. The kitchen all of the time; one of my favorite things in this world was his fried apple pies. I can't wait to go to the grocery store and get the proper ingredients. I do have any question; I was watching Bobbie's show last night a I think I heard him say he added some chopped pecan bits into his whole wheat crust, but I can't find that recipe. The one that I did find didn't list the nutritional information either. I look forward to all of the Deen's shows on the Cooking Channel!!!!!!!! Y'all ARE AWESOME!!!!!! Thank You. God Bless you.

By Charlotte on January 19, 2012



By Emily on October 28, 2011


Thank you so much for this lighter recipe. It sounds wonderful. I can eat things that are baked, but I can not eat anything that is fried. Looking forward to make this recipe in the near future, it's much healthier. Keep up the great work converting recipes to "lighter" recipes.

By Sandy Larivee on July 26, 2011


I too am from the South (AL) and love the Southern Foods. As we get older we find too much butter, too much seasoning can add pounds to the old waist line. I am so glad both you Bobby and Jamie are finally adding recipes for the lighter side. Now your Mother's cooking is absolutely wonderful and wish we could still eat everything without worrying about the waist line, but there comes a time in our life when we have to start cutting some of the carbs/fats out of our diet. Keep sending the "Lighter" recipes to us devoted fans of the "Dean Brothers"!

By Margaret Wilson on June 01, 2011


It is nice to see recepies on the lighter side that will fit more easily into meals and deserts for us individuals on Weight Watchers. Thank you Bobby. This gives us more flexability to still enjoy Paula's dishes too, in moderation.

By Signe Bollman on January 28, 2011

i would like to know how to print your recipes bobby, i dont know how to copy and paste. and my arm is ready to fall off trying to write them out myself,  thank you mrs, nugent

By lillian nugent on November 16, 2010

Thanks, Bobby for the nutritional info. Am diabetic with cardio/blood pressure issues so must count carbs, fat and sodium. Love this, especially with the holidays coming!

By Mari on November 02, 2010

thanks bobbi we just picked our apples. thanks
for alighter you boys and miss paula

By mary hamilton on October 29, 2010

I’ve made the lighter apple pies 3 times now and we all LOVE them!  So easy.  I use Splenda instead of the sugar - no problem, tastes wonderful! My diabetic husand adores them!  Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe!

By Sue Everson on October 12, 2010

Thank you for making a lighter version, great for me, great for America, great for everyone’s health!!

By Mairi on October 04, 2010

It’s that perfect time of the year for apple pies and I had to try your recipe!  They’re baking in the oven now, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into those bad boys!  Thanks for taking the time to do this, Bobby!  Love it!

By Sue on October 02, 2010

I hope Bobby is working on his own cookbook compiled of his lighter version of his Mom’s receipes.  It will be wonderful to have all these great receipes , at your fingertips.  Thank’s so much for all the informative articles on this site.

By Frances Garcia on September 29, 2010

First and foremost love you Ms. Paula and Sons.

My dad lives in Ocala Fl and I’m in NJ and we both watch your shows and compare favorite recipes.  When I visit with him I always try to print some new recipes we can cook together. 

Can use a recipe for a lighter version of Mac & Cheese.  Thank you and continued success to you all until I come visit you in Savannah - Best wishes from NJ to you…......Cari Feliciano

By cari feliciano on September 29, 2010

My family loves apple pie in any shape.
My tip is to brush the top of crust with milk
then sprinkle with sugar before baking.  Makes
a great presentation, and fewer caloeies and less waste than using an egg .

I love watching you and Jamie anytime you’re on TV!

By Carren on September 28, 2010

what is 11/4 inch?

By jan smith on September 28, 2010

Love fried apple pies.  Our little church used to make them as a fund raiser.  Cook apples as Bobby did for his recipe but use the regular canned biscuits as crust.  Roll out biscuit add filling and fold biscuit over and cremp with a fork. (Like a half moon). Cook in deep fryer turning once.  Golden Brown when done.  Remove from grease and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Everyone loves these.

By Linda Tiller on September 28, 2010

I would like to see a vidio of you making the little apple pies

By Diane Coull on September 28, 2010

Great idea Bobby! I love your mom’s cooking but payback on the backside is not pretty.  Thanks for giving us healthier options.

By Rosemary Keane on September 28, 2010

could you include the carb count in your receipts,thanks.

By Val on September 28, 2010


By minter wells on September 28, 2010

fried apple pies

By Danica on September 28, 2010

Bobby have you thought about using puffed pastreyfor this recipe. I was wondering if it would work. love your ideas

By Gail on September 28, 2010

I have a apple tree so need all the help i can get also i need to eat more carrots in my diet so need ideas carrots are good for cancer dont like carrots

By MARY KEETON on September 28, 2010

I made Bobby’s lighter version of the apple pie today and used red delicious apples (had them on hand) - yummmm

By Ruth Baumeyer on September 28, 2010

SO nice to know you have some lighter recipes.I love your moms recipes but I am trying to cut back & it is so hard to do when you like down home southern cooking.Looking foward to more recipes.

By Janet Napier on September 28, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
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Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
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I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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