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Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers are a super simple homemade apple dessert to make any time of year. Flaky and delicious puff pastry filled with sweet apple filling. This recipe is quick and easy in the oven or make them in the air fryer!

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Love apple desserts? Try this Caramel Apple Slab Pie or these easy Apple Fritters and my favorite Fried Apple Hand Pies for a delicious treat perfect for apple season.

4 apple turnovers on a tray with mint garnish

Apple Turnovers ~ Easy Dessert

We can’t get enough of these apple desserts and delicious apple turnovers are our new favorite. They are so easy to make and would be a great addition to any holiday table. I especially love that they can be made ahead and frozen to bake and enjoy anytime the craving strikes.

Apple turnovers ingredients

Ingredients Needed:

  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Puff Pastry
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Egg
  • Water
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

2 apple turnovers one with apple pie filling showing

How to Make Apple Turnovers:

collage making diced apple pie filling for turnovers

  • Peel and dice apples and add to a bowl.
  • Add brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Mix to combine diced apples with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet.
  • Add apples and cook over medium heat, stirring often about 5 minutes or until apples are softened.
  • Place in a bowl and cool completely. Pop the bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes to speed up the cooling process.

collage rolling out and cutting puff pastry, adding apple pie filling

  • Remove one sheet of puff pastry from the refrigerator, leaving one sheet in the refrigerator to stay chilled. Lightly flour a clean surface and place the puff pastry over the flour. Dust the top lightly with a bit more flour.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the puff pastry into about a 10 x 12 inch rectangle.
  • Cut the puff pastry into 4 squares using a pizza wheel.

bowl of egg and water mixed for egg wash

  • Beat egg and water together in a small bowl.
  • Spoon apple pie filling into the center of each square.

making apple turnovers with puff pastry collage

  • Brush the edges of each square with egg wash.
  • Fold puff pastry over apple filling into a triangle. Use a fork to crimp the edges to seal.
  • Place turnovers onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches in between.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut a couple of small slits in the top of each pastry.
  • Brush all over with egg wash.

4 baked apple turnovers on a baking sheet with parchment paper

  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients.

powdered sugar icing in a bowl

  • Mix powdered sugar with milk and vanilla extract in a small bowl with a whisk until smooth.

4 baked puff pastry apple turnovers on parchment paper

  • Drizzle over apple turnovers.
  • Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Air Fryer Directions:

  • Preheat air fryer at 400° for 5 minutes.

air fryer apple turnovers in air fryer

  • Place turnovers into an air fryer basket with space in between. My basket held 2 at a time. Keep remaining uncooked turnovers in refrigerator until ready to cook.
  • Cook for 7- 8 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack, drizzle with icing.
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients.

platter of apple turnovers with pitcher of milk, blue napkin

Recipe Variations:

  • Classic apple turnovers can be sprinkled with turbinado sugar or coarse sugar before baking.
  • Skip the powdered sugar icing and drizzle with caramel sauce before serving for caramel apple turnovers.
  • Substitute canned apple pie filling for the simple apple filling. Dice the filling and mix in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or apple pie spice.

How to Freeze Apple Turnovers:

  • Prepare turnovers but do not brush with egg wash. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen solid.
  • Transfer turnovers to a zip top freezer bag and freeze up to 6 weeks.
  • Frozen turnovers do not need to thaw before baking. Place on a lined baking sheet, cook 20 minutes.

How to Store Apple Turnovers:

Store at room temperature in a zip top bag or airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

apple turnovers on a plate

More Apple Recipes to Try:

closeup of puff pastry apple turnovers, filling showing on one

Add these easy apple turnovers to your must try list this fall. They are incredibly delicious with flaky puff pastry crust and tasty cinnamon sugar apple filling. The perfect treat that is easy enough to make any day of the week.

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Yield: 8 turnovers

Apple Turnovers

apple turnovers on a plate - one with filling showing

Apple Turnovers made with flaky and delicious puff pastry filled with sweet apple filling. Quick and easy in the oven or air fryer!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

for the icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Mix diced apples with brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add apples and cook, stirring often about 5 minutes or until apples are softened.
  5. Place in a bowl and cool completely. Pop the bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes to speed up the cooling process.
  6. Remove one sheet of puff pastry from the refrigerator, leaving one sheet in the refrigerator to stay chilled. Lightly flour a clean surface and place the puff pastry over the flour. Dust the top lightly with a bit more flour.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll the puff pastry into about a 10 x 12 inch rectangle.
  8. Cut the puff pastry into 4 squares using a pizza wheel.
  9. Beat egg and water together in a small bowl.
  10. Spoon apple pie filling into the center of each square.
  11. Brush the edges of each puff pastry square with egg wash.
  12. Fold puff pastry over apple filling into a triangle. Use a fork to crimp the edges to seal.
  13. Place turnovers onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart.
  14. Use a sharp knife to cut a couple of small slits in the top of each pastry.
  15. Brush all over with egg wash.
  16. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  17. Remove from oven to a wire rack and cool slightly.
  18. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  19. Mix powdered sugar with milk and vanilla extract in a small bowl with a whisk until smooth.
  20. Drizzle over apple turnovers.
  21. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Air Fryer Directions:

  1. Preheat air fryer at 400° for 5 minutes.
  2. Place turnovers into an air fryer basket with space in between.
  3. Cook for 7- 8 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Cool on a wire rack, drizzle with icing.
  5. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Notes

How to Freeze Apple Turnovers:

  • Prepare turnovers but do not brush with egg wash. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen solid.
  • Transfer turnovers to a zip top freezer bag and freeze up to 6 weeks.
  • Frozen turnovers do not need to thaw before baking. Place on a lined baking sheet, cook 20 minutes.

How to Store Apple Turnovers:

Store at room temperature in a zip top bag or airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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