Apple Turnover

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This simple Apple Turnover recipe will turn heads! It’s made with store-bought puff pastry, filled with sugared apples, and coated in an easy glaze. 

After trying an apple turnover, make sure to give this Apple Crumble or this Caramel Apple Cheesecake a try!

Apple Turnover

Apple Turnover

Since I’ve known my husband, he’s always ordered an apple turnover whenever it’s been on the menu. After taking bites of the turnovers he’s had over the years, I’ve been determined to make him a better version at home. And this Apple Turnover recipe is just that — so much better than you’d find at any fast food restaurant! It’s soft, flaky, buttery, and best of all, packed with cinnamon-sugared apples!

Diced apples for Apple Turnover

12x12-inch pastry for Apple Turnovers Placing apples in pastry and sealing

Apple Turnover Tips

  1. Use a ruler: When measuring the size to cut the puff pastry dough, I highly recommend a ruler for precision — it removes any guessing for how thick/wide you need to roll it out.
  2. Grab tart apples: The sugar and other ingredients added to the filling may vary, depending on how sweet the apples are. I recommend Granny Smith apples for this Apple Turnover recipe; using another variety might leave you with overly sweet turnovers.
  3. Line your tray with parchment paper: No matter how well you seal your apple turnovers, they tend to leak. Save yourself clean up by lining the tray before baking!

Preparing Apple Turnover dough

Can you freeze Apple Turnovers?

Yes! Completely prepare the apple turnover recipe and before brushing on the egg mixture or baking, freeze the turnovers (on the tray). Once the turnovers are frozen, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in an airtight freezer bag.

To bake frozen Apple Turnovers

You can take each unbaked Apple Turnover straight from the freezer (no need to thaw) and place it on a parchment paper-lined tray. Brush with egg white mixture and bake for a few minutes longer (3-5) than if they were made fresh (watch carefully!).

Glazed Apple Turnovers

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While this recipe is quite different from Ina Garten’s apple turnovers, I don’t have a video (yet) for this recipe, so you may find it helpful to watch her create them.

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Apple Turnover

This simple apple turnover will turn heads with store-bought puff pastry filled with sugared apples and coated in an easy glaze. 
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Apple Turnover

This simple apple turnover will turn heads with store-bought puff pastry filled with sugared apples and coated in an easy glaze. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple turnover
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 turnovers
Calories 520kcal

Ingredients

Apple Turnover

  • 1 (17.3 ounces) package Puff Pastry Sheets I like Pepperidge Farm best
  • 4-5 large (4 cups chopped) Granny Smith apples (1 and 3/4 pounds before being peeled/cored)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose white flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, light or dark (I use dark)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg + 1 tablespoon water, whisked together
  • Optional: coarse sugar for topping (or you can use cinnamon sugar*)

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk (1%, 2%, or whole recommended)

Instructions

  • PREP: Thaw the puff pastry completely in the fridge. 
  • APPLE PREP: Prepare the apples by peeling, removing the core, and chopping them into small pieces, no larger than 1/2 inch. Toss the chopped apples with lemon juice.
  • APPLE MIXTURE: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the melted butter with flour to create a thick paste. Mix in the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Pour over the prepared apples and gently toss to coat.
  • PUFF PASTRY: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Unfold the thawed puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Roll each piece of puff pastry into a 12-inch by 12-inch square (use a ruler if you have one!). Cut each 12x12 piece into 4 equal squares.
  • PREPARING TURNOVERS: Place a packed 1/3 cup of the apple mixture on top of each square of dough. Spread so the apples are in one even layer on the bottom third triangle of the dough (see photos in post). In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the water to create an egg wash. Brush that egg wash around the entire border of the dough square and then fold over one corner to the opposite corner to form a triangle. Using a fork, crimp the edges, making sure they are all well sealed. Brush the egg wash over the entire pastry. Use a knife to cut 3 small slits in the top of the pastry to vent steam. 
  • OPTIONAL TOPPING: If desired, sprinkle a teaspoon or so of coarse sugar over each pastry. Alternatively, you can sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon sugar over each pastry. (See Note 1.)
  • CHILL: Place the pastries on a parchment-lined sheet pan (to avoid sticking) and into the fridge for 20 minutes (it's very important they go into the oven cold). 
  • BAKE: Place the turnovers on baking sheets and bake for 15-18 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • GLAZE: While the turnovers are baking, whisk together all of the glaze ingredients until smooth. If needed, add a little bit of milk to get a thinner consistency. Pour the glaze into a small plastic bag and cut off the tip. Pipe the glaze over the slightly cooled apple turnovers. Alternatively, spoon the glaze over.
  • ENJOY: Enjoy while warm! Do not try to toast these later, but you can microwave them for 5-10 seconds to warm them up at another time.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: To make your own cinnamon sugar: whisk together 1/4 cup white sugar with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 8turnovers | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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31 Comments

  1. Yum!! Wishing I had some of these for breakfast today (but instead, I’ll just go eat my cold cereal…*tiny violin*)! Perhaps if I can manage a trip to the store today, these will be on the menu for tomorrow’s breakfast 🙂

  2. I looove apple turnovers and I love that you made these mini versions! And I think it’s so cute you dedicated these to your friend! It’s awesome to have people like that supporting you. 🙂

  3. Mmmm I love pastries like this! And with that glaze and the sweet apples …. these look so good Chelsea! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend!

  4. My family would LOVE these! Turnovers are so fun to make and eat and apples are our favorite filling. Your drizzle is so gorgeous!

  5. I remember when I made chocolate croissants the Julia Child way with my best friend. It. took. hours. So I’m happy to see an alternative to the tedious dough! These look delicious and how sweet that your friend asked you for a recipe; it’s such a compliment!

  6. I’m glad Grace gave you the inspiration for these, because they look delicious, Chelsea! I love anything in mini form, especially when it comes to pies and cheesecake. 🙂 YUM!

  7. Yes, love that you dedicated a post to your friend. So sweet. And these turnovers, oh my goodness they look amazing! I’m a fan of apple anything… and did you say this could be eaten for breakfast?!?! Sign me up!

  8. That’s so sweet that you dedicated this recipe and post to Grace – these look absolutely incredible! I love apple turnovers and the glaze looks heavenly! Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend 🙂

    1. Thank you Kelly! 🙂 It was such a fun time and we got to spend it with family 🙂 I hope you are having a great week so far!

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