Fried Cherry Walnut Pies

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Fried Cherry Walnut Pies Fried Cherry Walnut Pies Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 2 dozen pies
Prep Time: 50 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped dried cherries
Flour, for dusting
2 premade pie crusts
1 egg yolk, beaten
Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish





In a Dutch oven or deep fryer, pour the oil to a depth of 5 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F.

In a cold medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, and eggs. Stir in the walnuts, vanilla, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the cherries. Cool for 20 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, unroll 1 pie crust. Cut circles from the dough using a 4-inch cutter. Re-roll and cut circles from the dough scraps. Stack the dough circles between pieces of wax paper. Repeat the procedure with the remaining pie crusts.

Place 1 pie crust circle on a flat surface. Lightly brush the edges of the crust with beaten egg yolk. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of walnut mixture in the center of the circle. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining rounds and walnut mixture.

Fry the pies, in batches, until lightly browned, about 1 minute per side. Drain on paper towels. Lightly dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

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Have a recipe similar to Fried Cherry Walnut Pies...with a New England twist...called "Shaker Handpies": We New Englanders likely would substitute cranberries for the cherries, or even mincemeat. I got the NE recipe from the Canterbury, NH Shaker Village, many, many years ago. I once won a recipe contest in a local weekly publication with the Shaker Handpies recipe. Love your TV show, Paula...rarely miss it! I love to cook, am a good cook, and continue to learn, especially from you, Bobby and Jamie. "Karylann" a/k/a Carol Starkey

By Carol on December 15, 2012


How should I put the filling together if I am using frozen pitted cherries from my trees? They are sour cherries.

By Shirley Messer on June 30, 2012



By christina on June 20, 2011

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