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Apple Turnovers

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This easy apple turnover recipe sure makes for a delicious and easy to make treat! A sweet cinnamon apple filling encased in flaky puff pastry – your tastes buds are about to fall in love!

We love easy desserts around here and these apple turnovers rank right up there with our very favorites!  Some of our other favorite dessert recipes are these Cake Mix Cookies, Homemade Brownies and this Strawberry Shortcake.

two apple turnovers with a sweet cinnamon apple filling encased in flaky puff pastry on a white plate with a red and green apple with additional turnovers in the background

Easy Apple Turnovers

I have a confession – one of my secret dreams is to one day own a pastry shop. I can just imagine having my own little shop, bursting with cookies, hand pies, pastries, and cupcakes, and it makes my heart happy. My best friend has the same dream, and we’ve spent many happy hours daydreaming, and planning all of the varieties of treats we will serve.

Maybe it will happen one day when I’m older and my husband is ready to retire. Or maybe I will just have to keep pretending that my home is a pastry shop, while making beautiful pastries to share with friends and family!  While I’m waiting to realize my dream, I will show you how to make these easy apple turnovers.

Apple Turnover Filling

The apple filling for these turnovers is super easy to make.  You just need to do the following:

  1. Over medium heat, warm up the butter in a medium sized pot
  2. Add the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar and then bring the mixture to a simmer
  3. Mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water until it has dissolved and then added it to the apple mix
  4. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes until the filling has thickened and the apples have become soft
  5. Let the mixture sit and cool until it reaches room temperature

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six raw apple turnovers made with puff pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper ready to go in the oven

How To Make Apple Turnovers

These apple turnovers are one of my favorite little pastries to make. They’re quite simple and delicious, but look like something you would buy from a fancy pastry shop. I absolutely love a dessert that’s both easy and elegant!

This apple turnover recipe is simple enough for beginners to make, but the results are so impressive! Using a frozen puff pastry really speeds up the process and makes everything easier.  You will just need to let it thaw at room temperature for about 30 – 40 minutes until it is easy to unfold.

The apple filling you place inside is simple to make, and has the perfect apple cinnamon flavor.  You’ll want to prepare the filling while your puff pastry is thawing.  If you haven’t worked with puff pastry before, have no fear! It’s actually pretty forgiving, and they tend to turn out beautifully even if it looks a little wonky before it bakes.

Once the dough has thawed, roll it into a rectangle shape that is approximately 12″ x 18″.  Next, cut the dough into 6 equal squares.  Place 2 tablespoons of the apple filling on top of each square of dough.  Lastly, to form the apple turnovers, you’ll fold the pastry square in half and then use a fork to seal the sides.

six baked apple turnovers made with puff pastry on a baking sheet made using this easy recipe

Can You Freeze Apple Turnovers

Yes, you can freeze the apple turnovers to eat later.  In order to freeze them, you need to wait until the turnovers have completely cooled.  Once they’ve cooled, place them in a freezer bag or any other freezer safe container.  Do not put any icing on the turnovers if you plan to freeze them.  You can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.  When you’re ready to eat them, heat them in the over at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until they are heated throughout.

Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

These apple turnovers with puff pastry make a delicious breakfast or dessert! I love the tender and sweet chunks of apple, contrasted with the flaky and crisp pastry. I added a little coarse sugar on top for decoration and to add a little crunch, and it was the perfect touch. This recipe is definitely one to add to your must-bake list!

a long white serving tray with six golden brown apple turnovers on it in a line

Apple Turnover Recipe

Now that you’ve seen how to make these amazing turnovers, it’s time to give them a try.  Leave us a comment below and let us know how you liked them!

Apple Turnover with Puff Pastry
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Easy Apple Turnovers

This easy apple turnover recipe sure makes for a delicious and easy to make treat! A sweet cinnamon apple filling encased in flaky puff pastry - your tastes buds are about to fall in love!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium apples peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sugar

Instructions

  1. Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature for 30-40 minutes, until it is easy to unfold.
  2. While the puff pastry is thawing, make the apple filling. Heat the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Mix the corn starch with 1 tablespoon of water until dissolved, then stir into the apple mixture. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes, until the filling is thickened and the apples are soft. Let cool to room temperature.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with cooking spray.
  4. Roll the puff pastry out into a rectangle that is approximately 12 x 18 inches. Cut the pastry into six squares. Scoop 2 tablespoons of apple filling onto each square of pastry. Fold each pastry square in half and use a fork to seal.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush the egg wash over the pastries and sprinkle with the coarse sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

a close up of an apple turnover cut in half with apple filling inside on a white plate with a green apple and more turnovers on a white tray in the background. The words easy apple turnovers is overlayed across the top of the image.

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