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Apple Turnovers

These classic apple turnovers have a delicious homemade filling that's baked inside flaky puff pastry triangles. You can drizzle a sweet glaze on top when they are cooled or serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this absolutely irresistible (and totally approachable) apple turnover recipe. Even beginner bakers won't be intimidated: Store-bought puff pastry is filled with a simple homemade filling, then baked to warm and fruity perfection.

What Is a Turnover?  

A turnover is a triangular filled pastry that looks a little bit like a hand pie. It's made by filling pastry dough, folding and sealing the edges, and baking. Turnovers can be sweet or savory. Oftentimes, dessert turnovers are drizzled with a sweet glaze or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

How to Make Apple Turnovers  

Though these bakery-worthy apple turnovers are sure to impress, they're actually quite simple to make. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

  1. Make the filling.

  2. Fill and fold the pastries.

  3. Bake the turnovers.

  4. Make the glaze, then drizzle it over the cooled turnovers.

Best Apples for Apple Turnovers  

This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples for a couple reasons. The flavor is perfectly sweet and tart, for one. Also, Granny Smith apples are firm and their flesh doesn't fall apart during baking. If you'd like to use another apple variety, though, you can — just make sure your apples are firm and flavorful (Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp apples would work well, while Red Delicious likely would not).

What to Serve With Apple Turnovers  

If you don't want to use the glaze, you could simply top these turnovers with a dusting of confectioners' sugar. You don't need to pair them with anything, as a turnover is the perfect handheld dessert. However, to make it even more decadent, serve each apple turnover with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

How to Store Apple Turnovers  

Leftover apple turnovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. In an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last for about five days. Reheat in the oven until the crust is crispy and the filling is heated through.


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4 cups water

  • 4  Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1.  Combine lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain water from apples, and place them into the hot skillet. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes.

  3.  Add brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes.

  4. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Pour into the skillet and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat to cool slightly.

  5.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  6.  Unfold puff pastry sheets, and repair any cracks by pressing them back together. Trim each sheet into a square.

  7. Then cut each larger square into 4 smaller squares. Spoon apples onto the center of each square. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal.

  8.  Place turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them.

  9.  Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned. Cool completely before glazing.

  10. To make the glaze: Mix confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla together in a small bowl. Adjust the thickness by adding more sugar or milk if necessary.

  11.  Drizzle glaze over the cooled turnovers.

  12.  Enjoy!  


Recipe Tip

If you do not wish to make glaze, you can brush beaten egg over the top of each turnover and sprinkle with white sugar before baking.


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