Homemade Apple Turnovers with a filling that tastes like Apple Pie in flaky puff pastry dough. Watch the video tutorial and you’ll know just how easy these are.

We love apple recipes like Baked Apples, or Apple Cake. This is one of the easiest apple desserts and can even be made ahead and frozen.

two apple turnovers on a plate with glaze

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Apple Turnover Recipe:

This Apple Turnover Recipe doesn’t get any easier! You can make bakery-quality apple turnovers with just a couple of storebought frozen sheets of puff pastry, apples, butter, an egg, and a few pantry staples.

Keep in mind the pastry itself isn’t sweet so do not skip the glaze. It makes these turnovers irresistibly good.

Ingredients for apple turnovers with puff pastry, granny smith apples, butter, egg, sugar, salt and cinnamon

What is a Turnover?

Turnovers are made by filling pastry dough (usually puff pastry) with a sweet or savory filling, sealing the edges and baking. It becomes a portable dessert (like a hand pie), or a type of baked sandwich with a savory filling. Biting into an apple-filled pastry on the go is a real treat.

Turnover cut in half showing apple filling

Can you Freeze Apple Turnovers?

After the pies are fully assembled (before brushing tops with eggwash), freeze them flat on a lined baking sheet then transfer to a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. When ready to bake, arrange them frozen on a baking sheet (do not thaw), brush with some egg wash and bake at 400˚F for 23-25 minutes.

Baked from frozen apple turnovers with glaze

How to Keep Apple Turnover Filling from Leaking?

No matter how well you crimp the edges, there will always be at least one turnover that leaks filling out of the edge and that is normal. A few things that help reduce leaks:

  • Egg Wash will help keep the dry pastry together
  • Crimp Tightly all along the edge where the two sheets come together
  • Refrigerate turnovers for 20 minutes before baking

Baked apple turnovers on baking sheet without filling leaking out

What Can You do with Lots of Apples?

If you have tons of apples in Autumn, you can put them to great use by making Apple Sauce or baking up these memorable apple desserts:

Watch How to Make Apple Turnovers:

Homemade apple turnovers are easier than you think. Watch the video and you will be a pro in no time! We always keep a package of frozen puff pastry on hand for when the craving strikes.

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Apple Turnover Recipe

5 from 313 votes
Two apple turnovers on a plate with apples in background
Homemade Apple Turnovers with a filling that tastes like Apple Pie in flaky puff pastry dough.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people

Apple Turnover Ingredients:

  • 1 lb puff pastry, (2 sheets) thawed according to package instructions
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 1/4 lb Granny Smith apples, (3 medium) peeled, cored and diced into 1/3" thick pieces
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg+ 1 Tbsp water for egg wash

For the Glaze:

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 400˚F. Remove puff pastry from the freezer and thaw according to instructions while making and cooling the apple filling.
  • In a medium pot, melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add diced apples and cook, stirring occasionally until softened (5 min).
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and salt. Continue to simmer 3 minutes until apples are soft and caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll the first sheet of thawed pastry to an 11" square. With a pizza cutter, cut into 4 equal-sized squares. Place cooled apple mixture over half of each square, leaving at least a 1/2" border.
  • Thoroughly Beat together 1 egg and 1 Tbsp water. Brush eggwash lightly on edges of the pastry (just enough to seal), bring the edges together and crimp tightly along the edges with a fork to seal. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the second sheet of puff pastry to make 8 turnovers.
  • Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, keeping them at least 1" apart. With a paring knife, cut 2-3 small slits in the top of each turnover.* Brush the tops with egg wash and bake 20-23 minutes or until golden and puffed.
  • While turnovers are still warm, stir together powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream (adding to your desired consistency) and drizzle glaze over turnovers.

Notes

*To reduce the chances of filling leaking out of pastries, refrigerate uncovered for 20 minutes before brushing with egg wash and baking (this step is optional). 

Nutrition Per Serving

435.17kcal Calories50.49g Carbs5.18g Protein24.37g Fat6.99g Saturated Fat26.79mg Cholesterol189.05mg Sodium127.15mg Potassium2.62g Fiber21.82g Sugar139.27IU Vitamin A3.26mg Vitamin C18.71mg Calcium1.72mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Apple Turnover Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
435.17
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
24.37
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
6.99
g
44
%
Cholesterol
 
26.79
mg
9
%
Sodium
 
189.05
mg
8
%
Potassium
 
127.15
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
50.49
g
17
%
Fiber
 
2.62
g
11
%
Sugar
 
21.82
g
24
%
Protein
 
5.18
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
139.27
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
3.26
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
18.71
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1.72
mg
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple turnover
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 435.17

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  • Theresa Custodero
    February 7, 2024

    This was my first experience with puff pastry. They are so easy and so beautiful and so delicious.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 7, 2024

      That’s great, Theresa!

      Reply

  • BekkaF
    January 28, 2024

    Mine turned out really delicious. Made Raspberry and Apple turnovers. In my Apple turnovers I added some chopped nuts & a few raisins to the filling. And also vanilla to the glaze. Love these. So good. But I do have a question. In the ingredients you have 1 Tbsp of flour for dusting. However, it doesn’t say what we are dusting in the directions. I’m assuming dusting the phyllo sheets when rolling out??? Thanks you for the great recipe & answe

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 29, 2024

      Hi Bekka! I assume you meant puff pastry sheets (not phyllo sheets)? Yes, that’s correct. You’ll use the flour to dust the surface as needed to roll our the puff pastry sheets. I’m so glad you love the recipe!

      Reply

      • BekkaF
        January 29, 2024

        Yes, I meant puffed pastry. Sorry for my blurp. Ok then got it, thanks for answering. Your recipes are wonderful

        Reply

  • George
    January 25, 2024

    They turned out fantastic. I used a good can cherry pie filling in mine. People loved them. Thanks for your post.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 25, 2024

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you all enjoyed it, George!

      Reply

  • Doreene Hodge
    January 21, 2024

    These turnovers were amazing! I am not a good baker, but this recipe was so easy and detailed that even I could make them. Thank you for posting this. After reading some of the other reviews, I wanted to answer the question about using frozen apples. That is what I used and the taste was still amazing. Maybe not as firm as using fresh, but that is good with me.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2024

      Thank you so much for sharing, that’s super helpful!

      Reply

  • April
    December 24, 2023

    This recipe is so easy and delicious! This was my first time making apple turnovers and I can’t believe how well they came out. Thanks for another great recipe!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 24, 2023

      Thank you for the wonderful feedback, April! We love this recipe too.

      Reply

  • Mareth
    November 21, 2023

    HI Natasha,
    Can you make these in a mini version? I’d like to make them for a Thanksgiving party with other “mini” tarts.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 21, 2023

      Hi Mareth! I think you could, if are able to get enough filling in there and still seal them well. But watch them in the oven because they’ll bake faster.

      Reply

  • Jean
    November 11, 2023

    Just made the apple turnovers for the second time, love the recipe! Also, just got your cookbook. Big fan

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 11, 2023

      Thank you, Jean! I appreciate that. I’m glad you’re loving the recipe!

      Reply

  • Christy Jenuwine
    November 10, 2023

    I’m so happy to have found this amazing recipe! I had no idea it would be this easy to make such a beautiful treat! Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 10, 2023

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Christy!

      Reply

  • Deb
    November 7, 2023

    Hi, I was wondering if you can make these using Honeycrisp apples instead

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 7, 2023

      Hi Deb, one of my readers used honeycrisp and loved them. Here’s what they said “These were easy to make and were the perfect apple treat on a cold day! I had Honey Crisp apples. They worked fine! I am not a baker but was able to watch your video while I made them. Thank you! My family loved them.” I hope this helps.

      Reply

  • Andrea
    October 30, 2023

    These are so easy and so good. Our new family favorite dessert.
    Wow, Natasha could not have made this any easier.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 30, 2023

      That’s so great, Andrea! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Susan Squire
    October 14, 2023

    I make these and freeze them. I have had some in the freezer for quite some time and they had ice crystals on them. Just brushed them off, brushed them with an egg was and popped them in the air fryer. So good after many months in the freezer.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 14, 2023

      That’s wonderful, Susan! Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

    • Shirley Kelly
      October 29, 2023

      I am wondering if you froze them uncooked or cooked? I know you said you used the air fryer but am wondering if it was just to reheat them. If I could freeze them, I would be thrilled. Thank you. Shirley Kelly

      Reply

  • Gail
    October 9, 2023

    Easy and delicious! I did add a small splash of vanilla to the icing and what a difference it made. OMG

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 9, 2023

      Sounds amazing, Gail! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • karen wisniewski
    October 7, 2023

    My husband and son were blown away by these. This is one of the best things I have made in a long time. Definitely make the drizzle. I didn’t have heavy cream so used half and half which worked well.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2023

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Karen!

      Reply

  • Parita
    October 6, 2023

    Do I store extra baked turnovers in refrigerator or outside? How long will they stay fresh?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 6, 2023

      They can be stored for a couple of days in the refrigerator lightly covered in foil or plastic wrap.

      Reply

  • GG
    September 16, 2023

    This recipe is as easy as promised. My very picky husband loved them. I will definitely be making them again.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 16, 2023

      That’s great. Glad it was a hit.

      Reply

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