Big Apple Freedom Fries




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I read about the apple fries you can get at Legosworld (ok, really LEGOLand because everyone knows there is no such thing as Legos) but you know you can take it a step beyond. Here I am infusing this dish with a taste of Little Italy by cementing on an Italian cookie crumb crust. And what the, hey, it's fried.

Italian cookies have anisette which has a distinctive slightly licorice flavor. It goes well with a strong coffee or espresso. And the whipped cream dipping sauce with this is an added bonus. Make a batch with mascarpone cheese to mimic the best part of a cannoli. Instead of granny smith apples, I think these were gala apples. I used whatever was on sale. I didn't want this ible to come off sounding too sour and bitter. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

CAUTION: Cooking involves cutting, chopping, deep fat frying and cleaning up. The hardest part is cleaning up.

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Step 1: To Market, to Market...

You will need some apples.

Any firm cooking apple will do. The frying seems to intensify the sweetness so you really don't need to add any extra sugar or go with a more tart variety of apple if you don't like that "This kool-aid is so sweet my teeth hurt" experience.

You will need a few cookies to make the crumb coating. Actually, pick a kind you like, oatmeal, animal crackers, peanut butter, anything...

Cornstarch to help glue the cookie crumb coating

Egg for egg wash to help glue the cookie crumb coating

Facilities and maybe supervision to deep fry

Whipped cream for dipping, can be fresh, aerosol can or imitation

Cinnamon for dusting, no challenge here

Step 2: A Little Prep Work...

Wash and peel your apples.

Cut up your apples so that you can remove the pits and core.

Slice into french fry size pieces.

Since you have a few more steps to do, I placed the cut up pieces in a bowl and splashed them with some orange juice. You could also use a bit of lemon juice if you have that handy. That keeps the sliced apples from turning an unappetizing brown before you get to cook them.

Create your cookie crumb coating.

I put a few cookies into a plastic bag and crushed them with a meat mallet. You should make fairly fine crumbs so they will stick better.

I had the regular cookies and one that was a darker chocolate color so I made two separate batches of crumbs.

Step 3: Batter Up...

Drain your apples if you used a lot of orange juice.

Dust all over with cornstarch.

Beat an egg and pour into the floured pieces to coat.

You could do the traditional step by step breading with each piece but that would be too much work.

You can then drop a few apple pieces into the cookie crumb bag to shake and bake.

I think it may be better to do this in an open bowl since the excess moisture from the apple pieces made the cookie crumbs congeal faster in the bag.

Coat all of your pieces and be sure you have enough crumbs to coat or else you end up with a lumpy coating.

Step 4: Cooking With Gas...

Heat your oil up to around 350 degrees F.

The oil temperature can be a little lower since the sugars and the cookie crumbs make it brown faster.

Drop your coated pieces gently into the hot oil

Give them plenty of room and when they start to brown, you can flip them over in the oil or stir to cook evenly.

When done to your liking, remove the pieces and drain on paper towels.

Serve with a dollop of whipping cream. Dust with cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon for garnish.

Pumpkin freedom fries, anyone?


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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I just noticed these and will definitely be trying them. In the interests of propriety though, I will be serving them as "cookie-crumb coated deep fried pieces of apple which have previously been cut into a stick shape.........." :-P

    1 reply

    5 years ago

    Anyone who uses the term "freedom fries" is a fan of Sarah Palin.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I can see the association, but no. You can look up the origins and meaning of "freedom fries."


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    you are correct, the origin and meaning of “freedom” fries did
    indeed not originate with Sarah Palin. Per Wikipedia, the term originated with
    a restaurant owner. However, “freedom” ___” was given strength when the
    Chairman (GOP member) of the United States House Committee on House
    Administration advocated it’s use in the House Cafeterias. As a sick political
    mantra your article should not have been allowed to be used here. This is NOT a
    political forum.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You are correct this is not a political forum but it is still public on the internet where one can present anything they have made, with respect to the site's terms of service. I cannot guarantee the response of personal opinions nor if it is interpreted or manipulated into some kind of political statement. I can only say, if it looks good, eat it. Geez, and I didn't say that to get the religion into the fray.

    This is Instructables. Who loves ya, baby?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Go to you local grocer and buy some of those pie unroll-able Betty Crocker/Pilsbury??) premade, uncooked pie crusts and slit it in a manner that you can wrap the apple slices, brush them with egg/butter mixture (your choice of ratio) sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon both on the apples AND on top of the crust (I prefer just using the, I think, Domino's brand? Cinnamon sugar?) then bake at 350 F (180C or Gas Mark 4) until it is golden brown and flaky - follow the directions on the pie crust (or your own if it is for apple pie) and bake it as long as you would a regular apple pie and viola!! You got "Freedom Fries"!! (first I've heard of Palin associated with that particular terminology :) )

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I wanted to make something that wasn't your standard fried pie with a thick crust. This seemed novel in the idea that the crust was part of the "fry". McD's does dump everything in the same fryer so it's all good.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    That's what makes these good - you bake them, not fry them. I also use those crusts to make "venison" pies - take the pie crust, cut into quarters, a little butter on half of the inside with the meat (don't need venison, any red meat (or white for that matter) along with whatever veggies you like (I prefer just potatoes myself but hubby uses mushrooms, peppers, onions, just whatever he happens to have handy - I can from our garden so he can get it from there), then you pull the top over, seal the edges with your fingers and score the top just a little bit so the steam can escape until golden brown or you can stab in where you can tell a potato is and see if it's done if so, viola! Meat pastie!! Good stuff - I try to stay away from fried which is why I live up north LOL


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Freedom fries is a disgraceful term given its general acknowledged background.

    It simply isn't funny. Sorry.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Then you also must know it was a folly to do so and ridiculed as such. But still, the context here is a pun on the product and the fact that I am from Brooklyn, NYC, The Big Apple, USA and Freedom is something we do not take for granted. By the way, stop by to see the Statue of Liberty given to us by France. It is a grand piece of art and architecture. It is also an iconic symbol of Freedom.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    please delete that. That is not mature enough to enter into a civilized discussion.