Apple Turnovers

8 servings
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

My Easy Apple Turnovers are a perfect fall treat with a sweet apple cinnamon filling between flaky layers of store bought puff pastry.

These delicious turnovers have the sweet, warm filling of fresh Apple Pie all wrapped up in a flaky puff pastry. They make a perfect apple treat when you have a couple apples, and are sure to be a new favorite fall Dessert

Sabrina’s Apple Turnovers Recipe

My easy Apple Pie Turnovers have a delicious simple apple filling made with apple pieces cooked with sugar, water, and warm baking spices. The sweet apple filling is wrapped in sheets of puff pastry from the store to make them even easier. You can have them in the oven in less than 15 minutes for a quick dessert whenever you are craving apple pie!

Unlike an apple pie, you don’t need a lot of apples to make these tasty, warm turnovers. Not only do they come together quickly with just a couple medium apples, but you can also make a big batch of turnovers and freeze them for later. Whether you bake them first or freeze unbaked Apple Turnovers, you just pop them in the oven and in no time you’ll have warm flaky pastries full of delicious apple flavor.

Apple Turnover ingredients spread out in prep bowls and apples on wooden board, some apples chopped, horizontal
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  • Puff Pastry: The flaky, buttery layers of the puff pastry shell are a perfect contrast to the soft, sweet apple filling. The convenience of store-bought puff pastry saves time so these turnovers come together super quickly. However, if you are feeling adventurous, there is a recipe for homemade rough puff pastry included below.
  • Apples: Just like most other baked apple recipes, you want to use firm tart apples that won’t break down too much and stay flavorful. Varieties like green apples, Honeycrisp, Gala, and Braeburn are all great apples for these turnovers.
  • Sugar: The sugar not only adds sweetness, but it helps draw out the natural sugar in the apples. The juice from the tart apples mixes with the sugar. plus cornstarch and water, to make a sweet glaze full of delicious apple flavor.
  • Spices: Warm and aromatic spices like cinnamon and nutmeg add a comforting, cozy fall flavor to the sweet apple filling. You can feel free to add other favorite apple pie spices like cardamom, allspice, or ginger.
  • Topping: A little egg wash and coarse sanding sugar make a crunchy, crispy sweet topping over the puff pastry plus the egg also helps it turn perfectly golden brown.
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Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Baking Sheet: You want two large baking sheets so the turnovers lay flat without touching. If you don’t have two baking sheets, bake them in batches.
  • Sauce Pan: You cook the apple filling on the stove top so you’ll need a medium pan that is big enough to hold the apple pieces and be able to stir them easily.
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How to Make

Time needed: 50 minutes.

  1. Prep Work

    Preheat your oven. Grease a large baking sheet with butter or cover with a sheet of parchment.Apple Turnover apple slices and sugar in medium pan, whole apples and other ingredients in bowls around pan

  2. Cook the Filling

    In a medium pan, stir together the apples, sugar, water, and cornstarch. Cook the mixture until the liquid thickens. Apple Turnover cooked apple slices and syrup in medium pan, whole apples and other ingredients in bowls around pan

  3. Spice and Cool

    Stir in the spices and transfer the apple mixture into a bowl. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.Apple Turnovers cooked apple slices with spices and reduced sauce, whole apples around pan

  4. Fill the Pastry

    Unroll the puff pastry sheets flat then cut each sheet into 4 even squares. Add some apple mixture in the center of each square.Apple Turnovers puff pastry sheet rolled out and cut into 4 squares on wooden board, filling in center of each square

  5. Fold the Turnovers

    Fold one corner of the square over the filling to the opposite corner and lightly pinch the sheet edges closed. Place the turnovers on the baking sheet.Apple Turnovers folded turnovers on baking sheet topped with sugar, before baking.

  6. Add the Egg Wash

    Whisk the egg yolk with the water and brush the egg wash over each turnover. Sprinkle the sugar over the tops.Apple Turnovers brushing folded turnovers on baking sheet with egg wash

  7. Bake

    Bake the turnovers for 25-28 minutes, until the pastry is cooked and golden brown.Apple Turnovers baked on baking sheet

Can Apple Turnovers be made ahead?

Yes, Apple Turnovers can absolutely be prepared ahead of time. Follow the recipe until the point of assembling the turnovers. Instead of baking them immediately, freeze the unbaked turnovers on a baking sheet until firm. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply bake them directly from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to cooking time.

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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Apple Turnovers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 49IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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What to Serve with Apple Turnovers

Toppings: Just like other apple desserts, Apple Turnovers taste even better with some Vanilla Ice Cream and a drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce

Drinks: Serve these warm turnovers with a mug of Hot Apple Cider for a cozy dessert on a chilly fall night! Start your day with a sweet turnover and a cup of Cold Brew Coffee.

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How to Store

Store: Let your turnovers cool completely before storing in an airtight container so they don’t release moisture. They will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days and in the refrigerator for about a week.

Reheat: To keep the pastry flaky, reheat your Apple Turnovers in the oven or air fryer on low heat (350-375) for a couple of minutes, until they are hot and crispy again.

Freeze: You can freeze Apple Turnovers before baking (see Make Ahead section) or after baking. Cool the baked turnovers then wrap each one individually with plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 2 months. Reheat from frozen in the oven at 350 degrees.

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Rough Puff Pastry Recipe

  • Ingredients: 2 ½ cups flour, ⅛ teaspoon salt, 2 cups butter (frozen and diced), 1 teaspoon lemon juice, ½ cup water (ice cold)
  • Pulse the flour and salt to in a food processor to mix.
  • Add in the butter pieces and pulse until it just makes small pea sized chunks and crumbs.
  • Begin adding the lemon juice and water through the chute in a very thin stream until the dough just comes together in a ball.
  • Pat the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour, then freeze for 20 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out into a large 12×18″ rectangle, then cut into 6 even squares.
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Frequent Questions

How do I keep my turnovers from leaking?

To keep your turnovers from leaking, make sure you cook the apple filling until the juices have turned into a thick syrup. Also, you want to fully seal the edges, not just fold the dough over the filling. If you have trouble with leaky turnovers, try chilling them before baking (or even freezing them) to help them hold their shape.

Why is my puff pastry soggy?

Puff pastry may become soggy if there is too much moisture during baking or if it is not fully cooked. To prevent sogginess, don’t overfill the pastry, make sure your oven is at the right temperature, and the pastry bakes until it becomes golden and crisp.

Can you make these Apple Turnovers in an Air Fryer?

Absolutely, you can make Apple Turnovers in the air fryer! Simply follow the same assembly steps as the traditional recipe, then preheat your fryer to 375 degrees. Once hot, air-fry the turnovers for about 10-12 minutes, turning them halfway through for even cooking.

What is a Turnover?

Turnovers are little pastry pockets, usually triangle shaped, with a sweet or savory filling all wrapped up in a layer of pastry dough. The dough is folded around the filling creating the signature pocket “turnover” shape. The filling is cooked beforehand so that the turnovers only have to be baked long enough to cook the pastry.

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Recipe Card

Apple Turnovers

My Easy Apple Turnovers are a perfect fall treat with a sweet apple cinnamon filling between flaky layers of store bought puff pastry.
Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 sheets puff pastry , thawed
  • 2 cups apples , cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine the apples, sugar and water in a saucepan, then stir in the cornstarch.
  • Cook the apples over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove the apples from the heat and stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Remove the apple mixture to a medium bowl, then let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • Roll out the pastry dough and cut each sheet into 4 even squares.
  • Evenly distribute the apple mixture in the center of each of the 8 pastry squares, then fold one corner of each square of dough over to the opposite corner.
  • Place the turnovers on a greased baking sheet.


  • Beat the egg yolk with water in a small cup.
  • Brush onto the top of the puff pastry and sprinkle with coarse sanding sugar.
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown.


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2mg

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Caramel Apple: Add chopped Soft Caramels or caramel baking chips to the filling before sealing. Serve the Caramel Apple Turnovers with a drizzle of Caramel Sauce, or serve it on the side for dipping.

Cheddar-Apple: Unless you are from the Midwest (or Wisconsin), adding cheese to apple pie might sound crazy but the sweet-savory-salty combo tastes amazing! Add some white cheddar or sharp cheddar cheese to your apple filling to try this well-loved pairing!

Nuts: Give your Apple Turnovers a nutty, fall crunch with pecans, walnuts, or almonds. Toast the chopped nuts until fragrant in a skillet then add to the filling. Finely chop the nuts and sprinkle on the outside with the sugar.

Fruit: You can replace half of the apples with your favorite berries, such as raspberries or blueberries, or just skip the apples all together for a sweet berry filling. You could also use other fruits like peaches, pears, or plums.

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Apple Turnovers baked turnovers on a cooling rack, one turnover in center cut in half to see filling, with recipe name across bottom third. Two small photos of prepping turnovers at bottom.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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