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Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers are easy to make with puff pastry and a flavorful apple filling. Bake them immediately or freeze them to bake whenever you get the craving for a warm, flaky apple breakfast or dessert!

Baked apple turnovers on a piece of parchment paper

As soon as it’s fall, I typically go all in with loads of pumpkin desserts, but this year, I’ve decided to momentarily put pumpkin on pause and share some delicious apple recipes first.

My little one has been learning all about Johnny Appleseed at school, so we’ve been taste testing different apple varieties and researching ways to keep sliced apples from browning in her lunch box.

So far, we’re loving the brining method from the Kitchn where you simply dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt into 1 cup of cold water and let the sliced apples soak in the salty water for 10 minutes. Then I give them a rinse, bag them up and toss them into her lunch box.

You’re probably wondering if they’re salty, right? Nope, a quick rinse removes any hint of salt and this little trick definitely prevents browning.

Since we’ve had a lot of apples on hand this week, I decided to whip up this recipe for easy Apple Turnovers. They’re simple, delicious and the perfect breakfast for fall.

Apple turnover ingredients arranged on a wooden countertop

WHAT ARE APPLE TURNOVERS?

There’s just something about turnovers that scream fall to me. I mean, who doesn’t love a warm apple pastry? Give me Apple Turnovers and Easy Apple Dumplings all day.

Turnovers are just a flaky pastry, usually puff pastry, that is filled with a sweet or savory filling and then folded over and baked. They’re a little bit like a hand pie, with the filling sealed inside the pastry.

Sweet turnovers are often topped with a simple icing, but they can be topped with turbinado sugar, too. 

These Apple Turnovers are filled with a simple, sweet apple filling for some perfect fall vibes. 

Cooked apple turnover filling in a skillet

APPLE TURNOVER FILLING

I used just 4 ingredients to make a super simple apple filling for these turnovers: 

  • 2 cups small-diced Granny smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

I melted the butter in a skillet over medium, then added the apples and let them cook for a few minutes. Then I added the brown sugar and apple pie spice and continued cooking the filling until the apples are soft and the syrup is thick and sticky.

Don’t worry about the filing adding a lot of prep time to this recipe, though. Making the filling only takes about 5-8 minutes total! 

Egg wash being brushed on the edges of apple turnover dough, ready to fold in half

HOW TO MAKE THESE PUFF PASTRY TURNOVERS

If you’ve never worked with puff pastry before, don’t worry. It’s a lot easier than it seems! The most important thing is to keep it cold so the butter doesn’t melt. 

If your puff pastry starts to get too warm, just pop it back in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes to cool it back down.

Fork crimping the edges of an assembled apple turnover on a marble countertop

Working with one sheet of puff pastry at a time, unfold the puff pastry onto a floured surface. Use a rolling pin to very gently pinch the seams back together and shape the dough into a square if needed.

Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 4 equal pieces. Divide the filling into the center of each square, then brush egg wash along 2 of the edges of the dough. 

Fold the dough over, corner to corner, and use a fork to crimp and seal the edges. 

Four unbaked apple turnovers arranged on a baking sheet, ready to bake

Before baking, use a knife to cut a small slit into the top of each turnover and gently brush the tops with the egg wash. 

Bake the turnovers for 20 minutes. When the turnovers are puffed and golden, and the bottoms have some light color on them as well, they’re ready!

Close up of an apple turnover that has been cut in half to show the filling inside

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

I love to drizzle the tops of these Apple Turnovers with a simple icing made from powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. 

If you don’t want to ice them, you could sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar or even cinnamon sugar after brushing them with the egg wash and before you bake them. 

(Not sure what turbinado sugar is? Check out my guide on the types of sugar!)

Now whether you serve these turnovers for breakfast or dessert…that part is totally up to you. Although a scoop of vanilla ice cream is pretty amazing with these.

Plated Apple Turnovers next to a glass of milk

FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS

One of the best things about this recipe is that you don’t have to bake all of the turnovers right away. You can easily freeze them to bake later!

To do this, place the assembled turnovers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut a slit into the top, but do not brush them with the egg wash.

Pop the baking sheet into the freezer until the turnovers are frozen solid. Place the frozen turnovers into a freezer bag for up to 1 month. 

When you’re ready to bake, place the frozen turnovers on a lined baking sheet. You don’t even need to thaw them before baking! Simply pop them in the oven and bake for 20 minutes and enjoy a perfect turnover any time. 

Two apple turnovers arranged on a plate, with one of the turnovers cut in half to show the filling inside
Two apple turnovers arranged on a plate, with one of the turnovers cut in half to show the filling inside

Apple Turnovers

Yield: 8 turnovers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Apple Turnovers are easy to make with puff pastry and a flavorful apple filling. Bake them immediately or freeze them to bake whenever you get the craving for a warm, flaky apple breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups small-diced Granny smith apples (about 2 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small dice)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions

For the egg wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the icing:

  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the brown sugar and apple pie spice and continue to cook for 3-4 more minutes, until the apples are soft and the syrup is thick and sticky.
  2. Transfer the cooked filling to a bowl to cool. Make sure filling is completely cooled before assembling the turnovers. If making the filling ahead of time, store in the refrigerator in a covered container until ready to use.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 
  4. Work with one sheet of the thawed puff pastry at a time, keeping the rest in the refrigerator until you’re ready to work with it to keep it cold.
  5. Unfold the puff pastry sheets and place on a floured surface. Use a rolling pin to gently pinch the seams together and shape the dough into a square as needed. If dough gets warm while working with it, set it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes – you want the dough to stay cool. 
  6. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 4 smaller squares. Divide the apple filling into the center of each dough square. Whisk together the egg and water and brush a small amount of the egg wash along 2 edges of the dough. Fold over the dough, corner to corner, and gently press the edges together. Use a fork to crimp the edges and set the shaped turnover onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with each of the remaining dough squares. 
  7. Use a knife to cut a small slit into the top of each turnover. Gently brush the tops of the turnovers with the egg wash. Bake for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  8. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. While the turnovers cool, whisk together the icing. Drizzle over the turnovers. Serve warm.

Notes

To freeze the turnovers, place the assembled turnovers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut a small slit into the top of each turnover but do not brush with the egg wash.

Place the baking sheet with the turnovers into the freezer and freeze until solid. Store frozen turnovers in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 1 month. 

When ready to bake, place the frozen turnovers on a lined baking sheet; optionally brush with egg wash before baking. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes. 

If you prefer not to ice your turnovers, try sprinkling the tops with turbinado sugar or cinnamon-sugar just after brushing with the egg wash, before baking.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 turnover
Amount Per Serving Calories 139Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 31mgSodium 31mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 2g

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