Mcdonald’s Holiday Pie Recipe

There is nothing better than holidays. This is because you will have an excellent precious time with your family and friends enjoying the presence of one another.

With holidays there are a lot of festive treats from restaurants and stores and that includes McDonald’s.

I don’t know how true this saying is, but good things come in small packages. McDonald’s holiday pie that never goes wrong.

It usually is filled with custard with a crumbly pastry on the exterior. One is never enough when it comes to these pies.

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As the name suggests, this treat is only limited to specific times. It isn’t available throughout the year, which is the only disadvantage other than being super delicious. The return of these pies during the holidays always gets most fans talking about these handheld pies.

So, what is McDonald’s holiday pie?

Aside from the usual golden apple pies that you will find all year round when you drive through the McDonald restaurant, there is one variety; the McDonald holiday pies that the regulars of this restaurant do love.

The McDonald holiday pies are special handheld pies filled with a vanilla cream custard with a flaky crust with a similar taste to that of a sugar cookie. It is then glazed with sugar with colorful sprinkles. The shape of these pies resembles the standard apple pies.

Here’s the catch, though, these delicious pies are only available in specific McDonald restaurants, not forgetting that they are only made during the holidays. Depending on how lucky you are over the holidays, you may find them on their menu.

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It’s essential to call the nearby restaurant if you are craving these pies before going to the restaurant since every franchise owner gets to decide whether to include them in their menu or not.

These pies are very popular, and the McDonald restaurant regulars are always waiting for the announcement of its availability. They were first introduced in early 2012, and since then, they have been on and off-market.

The restaurant owners were once asked about when the pies are available and in which particular locations, but no answers were forthcoming. The best bet would be to call your nearest restaurant and ask for its availability.

Are these pies only for the holiday period?

We all know that the release of these pies or rather desserts is done in a very discrete and secretive by McDonald’s, and of course, it’s primarily available during Christmas. Well, that does not necessarily mean that you can’t make a homemade version of these pies.

This then means you don’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy these pies if you can make them. One limitation is that the restaurant has not shared its recipe with the public, which means you have to get creative.

There are shortcuts to get the best of these pies when you want to prepare them. Replicating the exact pies done at Mcdonald’s may be a difficult task, but well, it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot.

What ingredients do you need?

Like I highlighted, this recipe is a copycat, and the ingredients used here are not necessarily the ones used in making the original version of the McDonald holiday pies. So, what ingredients do you need to make these pies?

The ingredients used for the filling

  • Yellow or white cake mix- optional
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Skim milk
  • Cake sprinkles

Ingredients for making the crust

  • Salt
  • Wholegrain flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White flour

How do you make McDonald’s holiday pie?

One thing about McDonald’s recipes is that they are usually very secretive, and this is what makes their recipes stand out.

That said, there are some additional procedures that you must add to this holiday pie to try and replicate the original version of the McDonald pies. These procedures and extra bits you have to add are all in the preparation stage, making it way easier.

You should know that the ‘extra’ steps will take you more time. Therefore, it is essential you start making these pies in advance.

So, what are the steps involved when making these holiday pies?

Preheat the oven- you can either use an air fryer or an oven. If you are using an oven, you need to preheat to at least 400 degrees.

Make the crust- if the pie crust was rolled, unroll it and cut the edges of the crust [usually circular] to make rectangular-like pies.

Add fillings to the crust- for each rectangular pie, add a creamy filling at the center, then seal the dough perfectly using a fork. At the edges of the crust, leave a little space. Remember to make a hole at the top of each pie, giving room for the steam to enter the pie.

Brush egg wash on the crust- you need to make an egg wash and whisk them properly. Then brush it all over the crust of the holiday pie. The primary use of the egg wash is to ensure that the crust turns golden brown during baking. You can then add the sprinkles according to the appearance you want.

Bake the pies- the pies should be baked for about 15 minutes in a preheated oven and at a constant temperature to prevent the crust from burning. It’s easy to know when the pies are ready as they will turn golden brown.

Prepare the glaze- this is the final procedure, and all you need to do is combine sugar with milk. Depending on how thick you want the mixture to be, you can gradually add milk to get a perfect consistency.

What should you do to get the best of this recipe?

Getting the best out of the McDonald holiday pies requires you to carefully manage your dried ingredients’ temperature apart from the oven. The one thing you should when making these pies is to chill your ingredients.

The original holiday pies from McDonald’s are usually crumbly and crisp, which means you want to get close to copying that you need to chill your ingredients.

Like making puff pastry, if you have ever tried making them, you will understand that the pastry’s crispiness is brought by chilling the ingredients and not excessive handling of the pastry and ingredients.

The use of egg wash makes the pastry turn brown, but if you don’t have eggs, you can still use butter and get the same results.

Final thoughts

One limitation of this recipe is that it may take a lot of time, especially during the preparation phase but well after you have mastered the procedure, it will be easier. The only thing you should be keen on when making this recipe is the temperature of both the oven and the ingredients.

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McDonald’s holiday pie recipe

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Ingredients

  • Yellow or white cake mix- optional
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Skim milk
  • Cake sprinkles
  • Salt
  • Wholegrain flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White flour

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven- you can either use an air fryer or an oven. If you are using an oven, you need to preheat to at least 400 degrees.
  • Make the crust- if the pie crust was rolled, unroll it and cut the edges of the crust [usually circular] to make rectangular-like pies.
  • Add fillings to the crust- for each rectangular pie, add a creamy filling at the center, then seal the dough perfectly using a fork. At the edges of the crust, leave a little space. Remember to make a hole at the top of each pie, giving room for the steam to enter the pie.
  • Brush egg wash on the crust- you need to make an egg wash and whisk them properly. Then brush it all over the crust of the holiday pie. The primary use of the egg wash is to ensure that the crust turns golden brown during baking. You can then add the sprinkles according to the appearance you want.
  • Bake the pies- the pies should be baked for about 15 minutes in a preheated oven and at a constant temperature to prevent the crust from burning. It's easy to know when the pies are ready as they will turn golden brown.
  • Prepare the glaze- this is the final procedure, and all you need to do is combine sugar with milk. Depending on how thick you want the mixture to be, you can gradually add milk to get a perfect consistency.
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