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fried sweet potato hand pie
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Fried Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Creamy sweet potato pie filling in a buttery homemade pie crust and finished off with a crackling vanilla glaze! Fried to perfection and so addictive!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword apple pie spice butter, cinnamon, hand pie, pie crust, sweet potatoes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chillingt Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 10 pies



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • 2 cups fresh sweet potatoes cooked & mashed (about 3 small sweet potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup half n half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt pinch


Pie Crust

  • In a large, whisk together flour and salt.
  • Cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles large crumbs.
  • Stir in water until dough forms.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.
  • Flatten dough into a disk and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Sweet Potato Filling

  • Add cooked sweet potatoes and half n half to a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Place sweet potatoes in a bowl and stir in butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and cornstarch until well combined and creamy.
  • Taste and adjust the sweetness and spices to your liking.
  • Cover and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • To assemble the pies, divide the chilled dough into 10 even sized ball.
  • Flatten each ball into 6-inch circles.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of the dough (see note).
  • Fold the dough over the filling and seal the edges, crimp with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet (375 F.) and gently place the pies into the hot oil.
  • Fry pie until golden, about 2-3 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Remove pies from oil with a slotted spoon and place on a cooling rack to drain.

Make the Glaze

  • To make the glaze add all glaze ingredients into bowl and stir until smooth.
  • Brush the hot pies with glaze and let it hardened. Flip and glaze the other side and then repeat.
  • Once the glaze has hardened. Serve immediately.



Filling Amount: There will be plenty of filling left over in case you prefer them really stuffed. However, be careful not to overstuffed them or they will not seal correctly.