Southern Plate offers an old-fashioned recipe for chocolate fried pies made from scratch. Allrecipes.com posts a recipe for apricot and peach fried pies, and The Southern Lady Cooks shares a recipe for old-timey fried apple pies.
To make chocolate fried pies, combine 2 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of salt, cut in 1/2 cup of shortening, and add 1/2 cup of milk. Stir the mixture until the dough sticks together, and form 10 ball-shaped portions. To make the filling, form a paste using 2 cups of sugar, 6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of melted butter. To make fruit-filled pies, double the dough recipe.
Preheat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet while assembling the pies. Roll each dough ball into a 6-inch circle, and place 2 tablespoons of chocolate paste in the center of each one. Brush water around the outside edge of each crust, fold over and crimp the edge with a fork. Add a few pies at a time to the hot oil, and cook them, turning once, until brown on both sides.
To make an apricot and peach filling for fried pies, use 8 ounces of dried apricots and 6 ounces of dried peaches for the filling. Place the fruit in a saucepan with 3/4 cup of white sugar and enough water to cover it. Cook the mixture on low heat until the fruit is falling apart.
To make the filling for fried apple pies, cover 4.5 ounces of dried apples with 3 cups of water, and cook until the water is nearly absorbed. Add 3/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of butter, and 1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Continue cooking for five to 10 more minutes.