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Treat yourself to delicious homemade apple turnovers with this simple recipe. These golden-brown puff pastry triangles are filled with canned apple pie, baked until flaky, and topped with a sweet powdered sugar glaze.

I love a delicious apple dessert. There are so many delicious options so there is definitely something for everyone. If you are looking for a few more to try then start with this Caramel Apple Slab Pie, or this Best Ever Dutch Apple Pie and then this yummy Caramel Apple Cheesecake!

2 apple turnovers stacked on on another. the top one is cut open so that you can see the filling.

Apple Turnover Recipe

This apple turnover recipe is so yummy because it mixes the tasty apple pie with the crispy puff pastry. The outside is crunchy, and the inside is all gooey and sweet. The best part is that it’s really easy to make – you just cut, fill, and fold, then bake them. So, whether you bake a lot or a little, you’ll end up with delicious turnovers that are like a bakery treat you made at home.

Apple desserts are a favorite at our house and this recipe is no exception. These small handheld treats are perfect for any occasion. Put them into lunches, bring them as a dessert for a family gathering or make them when you are craving apple pie but want something a little easier. Trust me, this recipe is perfect for just about everyone!

Ingredients in Apple Turnovers

These yummy turnovers are eay to make because they use store bought apple pie filling. Drizzle them with an easy homemade glaze and you won’t be able to stop at just one! Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for all of the exact measurements.

  • Puff Pastry: This is what wraps up all of the delicious ingredients. Make sure that your pastry is thawed before trying to use it!
  • Canned Apple Pie Filling: You can make this from scratch, but I love making this easy and buying it all ready to go at the store.
  • Egg and Water: Mix these together to make a wash. It will create that perfectly golden brown, flaky crust.
  • Coarse Sugar: I use the sugar to add sweetness to the pastry.
  • Powdered Sugar and Milk: Combine these two ingredients together to make a deliciously sweet glaze.

How to Bake Homemade Apple Turnovers

This dessert is sweet, delcious and only takes a few minutes to put together and bake. It’s a great beginner recipe that will make you look like a star baker!

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cut Pastries: Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll out the puff pastry into a 12-inch square. Cut into four equal squares with a sharp knife.
  3. Add Filling: Add about ¼ cup apple pie filling to the center of each square.
  4. Brush on Egg Wash: Mix the egg and water in a small bowl to make the egg wash. Brush the edges of the square lightly with the egg wash and fold over the pastry, matching corner to corner to form a triangle. Crimp the edges together tightly with the tines of a fork. Place the turnovers on the parchment-lined baking sheets and brush the tops with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  5. Bake: Bake for 20-23 minutes, until the pastry is a deep golden brown and puffed up.
  6. Make Glaze: Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk and drizzle over the top of the cooled pastries.
3 pictures showing how to assemble apple turnovers.

Tips for the Perfect Pastry

Making a pastry turn out just right is an art! Here are a few tips so that your apple turnovers turn out perfectly every time.

  • Seal: A good seal is important, so make sure the pastry edges are crimped together well. The egg wash acts as a glue, so give the pastry’s outer 1/4-1/2 inch edge a good brush with the egg wash before crimping.
  • How much filling? 1/4 cup or so is plenty for the filling on these. If you add more than that, you have a greater risk of the filling bursting out the sides of the turnovers.
  • Let the steam escape: I didn’t cut slits in the pastry, but you may add a slit or two on top of the pastry to allow steam to escape from the filling as it bubbles in the oven. This will help prevent the filling from bursting through the seams.
  • Can I use fresh apples? If you’d like to use fresh apples, peel, core, and dice 3 large apples. Toss in a bowl with 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and two teaspoons cornstarch. Use in place of the canned pie filling.
The top view of apple turnovers on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Can you Freeze Apple Turnovers?

Yes! These Apple Turnovers can be frozen before they are baked, making them an easy and delicious dessert to make ahead of time!

  • Once the turnovers are on a parchment-lined baking sheet then you can put them in the freezer. Freeze for about 3 hours until the pastries are frozen solid. Transfer to a freezer ziplock bag and store for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, remove from the freezer, place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and let thaw in the fridge for 4 hours. Resume the recipe in step 5.
A hand holding an apple turnover that is cut in half.

How to Store Leftovers

Desserts that are just as delicious the next day are the best! These Apple Turnovers are no exception.

  • In the Refrigerator: To make these pastries last as long as possible, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat: You can reheat the apple turnovers in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, or crisp them up in the air fryer for 2 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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Apple Turnovers

By: Alyssa Rivers
Treat yourself to delicious homemade apple turnovers with this simple recipe. These golden-brown puff pastry triangles are filled with canned apple pie, baked until flaky, and topped with a sweet powdered sugar glaze.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 8 Turnovers

Ingredients 

  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 cups canned apple pie filling
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • coarse sugar for topping
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll out the puff pastry into a 12-inch square. Cut into 4 equal squares with a sharp knife.
  • Add about ¼ cup apple pie filling to the center of each square.
  • Mix the egg and water in a small bowl to make the egg wash. Brush the edges of the square lightly with the egg wash and fold over the pastry, matching corner to corner to form a triangle. Crimp the edges together tightly with the tines of a fork.
  • Place the turnovers on the parchment-lined baking sheets and brush the tops with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Bake for 20-23 minutes, until the pastry is a deep golden brown and puffed up.
  • Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk and drizzle over the top of the cooled pastries.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 5gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 190mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 51IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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