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 318 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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  • Margaret Delongchamp
    May 13, 2024

    Easy recipe to follow, yummy turnovers. One poster asked about using red delicious apples. I myself had a variety of different apples, and remembering the last time I made this recipe the filling did get too watery, at the very end of the apple cooking on the stove I added a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of water into the apple mix and let it simmer another minute. The filling was thick and delicious.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 13, 2024

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Margaret! I know my readers will find this helpful.

      Reply

  • Emily
    April 27, 2024

    I try to follow other people’s recipes, but always add my add or adjust to what I think will work. I add a dash of almond extract to the drizzle, and boy, yum!!

    Reply

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