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Fried Sweet Potato Pies


  • 4-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine eggs and milk; add to crumb mixture, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Cover and chill several hours.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the seven filling ingredients; stir until smooth. Divide the dough into 25 portions. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 5-in. circle. Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoons of filling on half of each circle. Moisten edges with water; fold dough over filling and press edges with a fork to seal.
  • 3. In a cast-iron or electric skillet, heat 1 inch of oil to 375°. Fry pies, in batches, until golden brown, 1 minute. Drain on paper towels. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 pie: 287 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


Average Rating: 4.75
  • Recover
    Dec 31, 1969

    Absolutely wonderful!!!! We baked ours and loved them!!!!!

  • mcarthurangela
    Nov 4, 2011

    These taste wonderful! My only concern is whether the eggs actually get cooked, since the pies are only fried for a minute or so on each side.

  • Snowflower56
    Nov 24, 2010

    Oh goodness I'm in pure heaven! These are delicious!!! My husbands mama use to make these down south and I was tickled to find this recipe so that I could make them for him!

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