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Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

As a homemaker, having simple recipes that can be made from scratch are so important, and this puff pastry apple turnover is one of those recipes. Turnovers are made with simple ingredients, and can be made ahead of time for a quick and easy breakfast or dessert that everyone will enjoy.

puff pastry stacked on a wooden cutting board.

Using store-bought puff pastry sheets make this recipe even easier, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time.  

Try serving these turnovers as a simple dessert topped with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

You can also make these turnovers using other fruit pie fillings, making this recipe so versatile.

These turnovers with an apple mixture are so good that you will probably want to make a double batch.

puff pastry stacked on a wooden cutting board.

What is a Puff Pastry Apple Turnover?

Turnovers are a fruit or cream-filled puff pastry dough that has been folded or turned over to create a pocket.

You simply fold the pastry over the apple filling and and seal the edges.

When baked in the oven, the puff pastry turnovers turn golden brown and the filling gets warm and delicious.

This easy recipe has a wonderful sweet glaze on top to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.

Turnovers can be served for breakfast or as a simple dessert. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This is a simple recipe that can come together in about 30 minutes and looks like you’ve spent hours. 
  • You can make this recipe as a dessert, quick snack, or a simple breakfast. Have these on a nice slow weekday morning as a treat after a busy week, or freeze some to have on hand for a quick and easy breakfast. 
  • With simple ingredients, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can use a variety of fruit fillings for a delicious spin. 
  • These apple turnovers are great for your busy family. A turnover is similar to a hand pie and can be eaten on the go. 
  • With simple ingredients and store bought shortcuts, this is a great recipe to have on hand.
pastry with apple pie filling inside.

Tell Me About Apple Turnovers 

  • Taste- The puff pastry is buttery, while the apple filling is sweet and spiced to perfection. Adding the icing on the top adds another layer of sweetness. 
  • Texture- The outside of the turnover is soft and flaky, while the inside is warm and soft. You will want a napkin to catch all the delicious crumbs. 
  • Ease- With store bought shortcuts, this recipe is super simple and easily comes together. 
  • Time- This recipe will come together in about 30 minutes. 
ingredients for apple pie filling and puff pastry.

Ingredients for Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

  • Puff Pastry– Store bought puff pastry will create the most delicate and flaky crust. 
  • Butter– Butter helps keep the filling from bubbling too much, along with making it taste even better. 
  • Flour– All purpose flour is the perfect binder for this recipe, but feel free to use whatever flour you prefer. 
  • White Sugar– White sugar is used in most apple pie fillings.
  • Brown Sugar– Brown sugar adds more subtle sweetness.
  • Apples– Granny Smith apples are a more tart variety that are great for baking.
  • Powdered Sugar– Powdered sugar is used for the icing glaze on the top of the baked turnover. 
  • Milk– Use whatever milk you have on hand to bind the icing together. 
  • Vanilla– Using vanilla adds a warmth and sweetness to the icing.

Make Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Prepare pastry dough- Roll out pastry dough into 4 squares. 
  2. Mix apple pie filling ingredients- Mix ingredients and add the sweet filling onto the center of each square. Then fold into a triangle and seal the edges. 
  3. Bake– Bake the pastries until golden brown, drizzle the vanilla glaze over the top and enjoy!

Variations for Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

  • Canned Pie Filling– You can use canned apple pie filling, cherry pie filling, or blueberry filling. Obviously, homemade is best, however, if you are in a hurry this is a good substitute.
  • Lemon Juice– If you do not like the filling to be too sweet, you can add up to a tablespoon of lemon juice to add a little bit of tartness.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg– Cinnamon and nutmeg would add a warm and cozy fall flavor to the filling.
  • Cranberries– Cranberries and apples taste delicious together. Use frozen or fresh cranberries.
  • Caramel Sauce– This can be substituted for the glazed icing if you prefer.
  • Walnuts– Walnuts can be added to the apple pie filling for added texture and flavor.
puff pastry stacked on a wooden cutting board.

Tips for Making Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

  • Dice the apple pieces to roughly the same size. This will allow your apples to cook at the same temperature and avoid any pieces from being undercooked. 
  • Use a store-bought dough for a super simple shortcut. You can find puff pastry in the freezer section at your grocery store. Make sure that you let the puff pastry get to room temperature so that it is easier to roll out.  
  • Make a double batch to store in the freezer. Trust me, these turnovers never last in my home so having extras to keep in the freezer for busy mornings is a gamechanger!
  • Use a fork to press the sides of the pastry dough together. Make sure that the dough is sealed tightly, to avoid any of the filling escaping.
  • Place turnovers on a lined baking sheet using parchment paper.
  • For a flaky puff pastry, while you are making each homemade puff pastry, keep the rest of the dough in the refrigerator.
  • Make sure that when you press the edges together, leaving about 1/4″ for the edges of the puff pastry to be pressed together.
  • You can use a pastry brush to brush an egg wash on top of the crust to make it a golden brown.
  • Serve with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for even more deliciousness!
  • The best apple to use is Granny Smith, however, you can also use honeycrisp.
  • The filling can be prepared 2-3 days ahead of time.
  • You can use a pizza cutter to quickly cut the pastry dough.

puff pastry stacked on a wooden cutting board.

How Do You Store Leftover Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers?

Leftover apple turnovers will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container to ensure that they stay as fresh as possible.

These turnovers are great when made ahead and stored in the freezer.

Follow the recipe as shown and let the pastries cool on a wire rack before placing in the refrigerator or freezer.

Once cooled completely, store in a ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.

When you are ready to eat, the turnovers can be baked from frozen and then frosted when finished. 

puff pastry stacked on a wooden cutting board.

How Do You Reheat Leftover Apple Turnovers?

Apple turnovers are incredibly easy to reheat. Just pop them in the toaster, a preheated 275°F oven, or a microwave.

Make sure to add the icing after the turnovers are warmed up to avoid a sticky mess in your toaster. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What other fillings can I use for a turnover?

Using your favorite jam mixed with some cream cheese would be a delicious and easy filling to try when you want to try something new. You can also use pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and cream cheese for the perfect fall treat, or just a simple cream cheese filling to copy the taste of a cheesecake? Any of these options would be delicious. 

How can I avoid soggy turnovers?

Soggy turnovers can be prevented by cutting slits into the puff pastry crust before baking to allow the steam to escape.

Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers Recipe

puff pastry stacked on a wooden cutting board.

Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

Liz Quick
As a homemaker, having simple recipes that can be made from scratch are so important, and this puff pastry apple turnover is one of those recipes. Turnovers are made with simple ingredients, and can be made ahead of time for a quick and easy breakfast or dessert that everyone will enjoy.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
0 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 turnovers
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples medium, cubed

Icing

  • cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  • Cut each sheet of pastry dough into four squares.
  • In a large bowl, combine your apple pie filling ingredients and stir until the apples are coated.
  • Place a heaping spoonful of your apple pie filling onto the center of each pastry square.
  • Brush water onto the outside edge of each pastry and fold the pastry in half so it forms a triangle.
  • Gently press the edges down so they seal. You may use a fork, if you wish.
  • Bake the pastries for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
  • Let them cool for 15 minutes while you make your icing.
  • In a pourable bowl, whisk your icing ingredients together.
  • Drizzle the icing over the turnovers and enjoy!

Notes

  • Dice the apple pieces to roughly the same size. This will allow your apples to cook at the same temperature and avoid any pieces from being undercooked. 
  • Use a store-bought dough for a super simple shortcut. You can find puff pastry in the freezer section at your grocery store. Make sure that you let the puff pastry get to room temperature so that it is easier to roll out.  
  • Make a double batch to store in the freezer. Trust me, these turnovers never last in my home so having extras to keep in the freezer for busy mornings is a gamechanger!
  • Use a fork to press the sides of the pastry dough together. Make sure that the dough is sealed tightly, to avoid any of the filling escaping.
  • Place turnovers on a lined baking sheet using parchment paper.
  • For a flaky puff pastry, while you are making each homemade puff pastry, keep the rest of the dough in the refrigerator.
  • Make sure that when you press the edges together, leaving about 1/4″ for the edges of the puff pastry to be pressed together.
  • You can use a pastry brush to brush an egg wash on top of the crust to make it a golden brown.
  • Serve with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for even more deliciousness!
  • The best apple to use is Granny Smith, however, you can also use honeycrisp.
  • The filling can be prepared 2-3 days ahead of time.
  • You can use a pizza cutter to quickly cut the pastry dough.
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  1. Do you bake the turnovers before putting in the freezer? If so, how do you reheat them without it burning them? Or do you eat them at room temperature once thawed?

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