Chocolate Fried Pies

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An old fashioned, made from scratch, fried pie has no equal. And for the best fried chocolate pies, you have to make your own chocolate paste out of sugar, butter, and cocoa powder. You can make these with canned biscuit dough but they won’t be the same. They will still be good in a pinch though. You can also make these simply by sticking a mini chocolate bar inside each one – but it won’t be the same, either. They will still be good in a pinch, though! Just do what you have time to do and put your heart into it.

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Ingredients

2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup shortening
½ cup milk, more if needed
vegetable oil (for frying)

Filling
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted

Directions
1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening with a long tined fork. Add the milk and stir until the dough sticks together.

2. Divide the dough into ten ball shaped portions.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar until it forms a paste.

4. Pour oil to a depth of ¼ inch in a large skillet and place over medium high heat to preheat while you assemble pies.

5. On a floured surface, roll or pat each dough ball into a 6 inch circle. Place 2 tablespoons of chocolate paste in center of each. Dip fingertips in water and run around outside edges of crust. Fold over and crimp with fork to seal.

6. After oil has heated for at least five minutes, reduce heat to medium. Carefully add a few pies at a time to hot oil and cook until browned on one side, flip and brown on the other.

7. Remove to paper towel lined plates and repeat until all pies are cooked.

Cool slightly before serving.

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