Apple Turnovers

These apple treats will bring a smile to any face! They are warm and delicious! This recipe is super simple!

Photo by Alisha Mishra on

Apple turnovers were one of my favorite things to eat as a child. My father would buy them for me from the grocery store bakery and I would excitedly eat them for breakfast. He would open up the plastic clamshell container, stick them in the toaster, and present them to me on a plate. The outside would be covered in sugar and the pastry was flaky and layered with butter. The inside would have gooey, cinnamon flavored apple filling. I adored them so.

As an adult I still felt nostalgic for apple turnovers, thus when I picked a lot of apples at a fruit farm I knew that turnovers would be on the list of items to bake. I decided on a tart pink lady apple to use for the filling. I wrapped the apple filling with puff pastry and baked until I had beautiful apple treats.

After my father-in-law tasted my apple turnovers he immediately thought about making apple turnovers with his grandmother. The grandchildren would get together collect apples from her apple tree. Then she would slice the apples and lay them on a white sheet. She would lay the sheet in the sun to let the apples “cook”. After the apples cooked for a little bit she would mix in the spices, wrap the apples in dough, and make turnovers. She would make about a hundred apple turnovers at once to be split among the family members.

I hope these apple turnovers bring your family together! Please enjoy!

Apple Turnovers Recipe

Yields 16 servings

Specialty Tools: Rolling pin, pastry brush

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Inactive Time: 10 minutes

Drink Pairing Suggestion: Milk or tea or coffee


A package of frozen puff pastry (17.3 ounces), thawed

Flour for dusting

4 small apples chopped

4 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Egg wash


Preheat oven to 400 F.

In a medium bowl, mix together the chopped apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, and sugar. Make sure the apples are all covered. Set the bowl aside.

Dust a flat surface with flour.

Place the thawed out puff pastry onto the floured surface. Cut the pastry into 16 equal size squares.

Take each pastry square and roll out wider square using the rolling pin. Each square should 5×5 inches.

Place a spoonful of apple filling onto each pastry square.

Fold one half of the pastry square over the filling, making a triangle.

Crimp the edges together with a fork.

Cut 2-3 slits at the top to vent.

Brush each turnover with egg wash.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the outside is golden brown and the apple filling is bubbling.

Let the turnovers rest on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.

Serve warm and enjoy!

If you want to make this a dessert, serve turnovers warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Need a shortcut because you are low on time? Use premade apple pie filling instead of making your own.

Honeycrisp, Evercrisp, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Jonagold apples all work well in this recipe. Use what is fresh, local, and available to you!


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