Apple Turnovers made with flaky puff pastry and a cinnamon apple pie filling are perfect as an easy breakfast recipe or delicious apple dessert!
Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers
Don’t you just LOVE apple season?!
I am blessed to live pretty close to quite a few of them and plan on going apple picking when the time is right. They also make great cider;)
But aside from that, what can you do with apples? One of my favorite things to make with them is an apple turnover. Especially with Granny Smith Apples. The tart flavor pairs nicely with sweet glaze.
These are such an easy treat made with simple ingredients! You will never buy turnovers from the grocery store again.
I bet you can almost feel the flaky crust as you bite into it…
What is a Turnover?
A turnover is a triangle shaped pastry filled with an apple filling, that is baked into a flaky, golden brown treat.
They are like a hand pie or empanada, only bigger. And bigger is better when pastry is concerned!
Sounds down right yummy doesn’t it!?! Apple turnovers are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and every occasion in between!
Let me show you this super easy apple turnover recipe so you can start enjoying them too!
Apple turnovers with puff pastry and apple pie filling are just as simple as these words. All you really need are these two ingredients with a few optional add-ins if desired.
- apple pie filling
- puff pastry
- egg wash
- cinnamon glaze
The delicious cinnamon glaze is amazing drizzled on top but they are just as tasty without it!
Does the Apple Pie Filling need to be cooked?
You are using prepared apple pie filling that is already cooked so you don’t need to cook it again. If you make it from scratch, then I would add a pinch of lemon juice while you cook it.
How to make Apple Turnovers from scratch
ONE: Preheat oven to 375F. Thaw puff pastry sheets and cut into 8 squares (4/sheet) on a lightly floured work surface.
TWO: Place 1 heaping tablespoon apple pie filling on each square. Fold pastry over apple mixture making triangles. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. Make small slits to release steam.
THREE: Make egg wash by whisking 1 egg and a little water. Brush pastry triangles with egg wash. Sprinkle the top of the turnovers with coarse sugar (optional).
FOUR: Place pastries on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. While baking, prepare the glaze.
FIVE: Combine the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Stir to combine. When apple turnovers are done, remove from the oven and place on a wire rack.
SIX: When turnovers are cooled off slightly, drizzle with cinnamon glaze and enjoy!
For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.
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Can you freeze them?
Yes, you can! Simply freeze the turnovers after adding the apple pie filling. Don’t egg wash the tops. Place on a baking sheet and freeze.
Once they are frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container and store for up to 3 months.
When ready to bake, place frozen turnovers on a lined baking sheet, brush with egg wash, and bake… SIMPLE!
Can I use pie crust if I don’t have puff pastry?
Yes, you can. One round refrigerated pie crust is equivalent to a sheet of puff pastry. Just follow the same steps and lower your cooking temp to 375F. Baked as directed. They are just as tasty but they won’t be as flaky because the layers of butter in puff pastry just can’t be beat.
What can I top my turnovers apple turnovers with besides the cinnamon glaze?
Toppings for Apple Turnovers
- turbinado sugar
- vanilla glaze
- powdered sugar
- chopped toasted pecans
- simple cinnamon sugar mix
How to thaw store bought puff pastry
Frozen puff pastry is great to have on hand for recipes like this but it does need to thaw first. If it’s too cold, the sheets will crack when unfolding.
Thaw the puff pastry in the refrigerator overnight for best results. If you are in a hurry, you can thaw on the counter for 20 minutes or until soft enough to handle.
Don’t let it come to room temperature or it will be sticky and hard to handle.
How do you seal puff pastry?
Brush the inside edges with egg wash and fold the pastry together. Pinch or crimp the edges of the puff pastry with a fork or fold over to prevent leaks.
Tips for No Leftovers
- make a small slit with a sharp knife to release the steam
- cut out small circles for mini apple turnovers
- dust with sanding sugar or brown sugar before bakings for a crispier crust
- you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper, nonstick aluminum foil, or silicone baking mat
- use a pizza cutter to slice pastry dough
- don’t overstuff them or they will burst while cooking
- cool for few minutes, the filling will be super hot
- egg wash for brown color
- don’t add glaze if going to freeze
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These easy homemade apple turnovers are flaky, buttery, and bakery quality! You will love the tender apples and cinnamon filling. Great to have on hand for a quick breakfast or comfort food dessert!
- 1 cup apple pie filling
- 1 package puff pastry (17.3oz)
- Egg wash
- Cinnamon glaze
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear)
- Preheat oven to 375F. Thaw puff pastry sheets and cut into 8 squares (4/sheet).
- Place 1 heaping tablespoon apple pie filling on each square. Fold pastry over filling making triangles.
- Make egg wash by whisking 1 egg and a little water. Brush pastry triangles with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar (optional).
- Place pastries on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. While baking, prepare the glaze.
- Combine the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. Stir to combine.
- When apple turnovers are done, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
- When turnovers are cooled off slightly, drizzle with vanilla glaze and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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