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Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

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Prep Time: 20 mins    Cook Time: 18 mins

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Puff pastry apple turnovers are always popular at the bakery, but if you make your own you can enjoy them warm from the oven. You simply can’t go wrong with this 9-ingredient recipe.

Puff pastry apple turnovers on a white plate.
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The pastries boast flaky puff pastry with juicy apples and a hint of cinnamon and lemon in each bite. The vanilla glaze is sticky and sweet.

Whether you enjoy one of these for breakfast or brunch, as a snack after lunch, or even as a treat at the end of a long day, it’s hard to think of anything more satisfying than a homemade apple turnover paired with your favorite drink.

If you already have puff pastry in the freezer and some apples, you’ll find the rest of the ingredients are basic pantry staples. So grab all your ingredients, warm up the oven and get ready for a kitchen that smells like a bakery and the most delicious apple pastries you ever had!

Bisquick apple cobbler and this super easy caramel apple dump cake are two more of my favorite apple desserts to make this time of year!

Main Ingredients

The ingredients used to make puff pastry apple turnovers laid out on a table.

There are only 9 ingredients in these puff pastry apple turnovers and you can prepare the vanilla glaze while they cool down. These are some of the key ingredients you will need to make this tasty recipe:

  • Puff pastry: To contain the apple filling. It’s always worth keeping frozen puff pastry to hand because there are so many recipes (both sweet and savory) you can use it for. Thaw it overnight if it’s frozen. If you really want to make your own puff pastry, go ahead, but I love the convenience of store-bought.
  • Apples: For fruitiness. This recipe would be even quicker and easier using canned apple pie filling but sometimes it’s better to use fresh apples and spices because the result is that much better! Use any apples you want here; Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Granny Smith, or a combination of these would work.
  • Cinnamon: To complement the apple flavor. Some ingredients just pair together beautifully and apples with cinnamon are a prime example. I find half a teaspoon the perfect amount to use here. If you like, swap half the cinnamon for nutmeg.
  • Powdered sugar: For the glaze. When combined with vanilla and water, this ingredient makes a wonderful glaze. Don’t substitute granulated sugar here because then the glaze will be grainy instead of smooth.
  • Vanilla extract: Gives the glaze a nice taste. Vanilla is a great flavor to use in a glaze because it literally goes with anything at all. If you want to get experimental, consider caramel extract, which you can find online if the store doesn’t have it, or almond extract.

Instructions Overview

How do you make these easy puff pastry apple turnovers? Peel, core, and chop your apples and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper first of all.

Next, mix the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice with the butter in a pan over medium heat. Once the apples are tender, let the mixture cool down on the countertop for 10 minutes then in the refrigerator.

Now unroll a puff pastry sheet and cut it into 4 pieces. Repeat with the other puff pastry sheet so you end up with 8 squares. You can preheat the oven now too.

Divide the chilled filling between the squares. Combine the egg with water and brush this around the pastry square edges before folding the square diagonally to get a triangle shape. Repeat with the rest of the pastry squares and apple mixture.

Arrange the turnovers on the prepared baking sheets and brush the rest of the egg mixture on top. I like to sprinkle some white sugar on top too but that’s optional.

Bake the turnovers until they are golden brown. Mix the glaze ingredients and then drizzle this glaze over the pastries while they’re still warm.

A stack of finished apple turnovers.

Common Questions

How do you keep apple turnovers from getting soggy?

Turnovers can get a soggy bottom if there is too much liquid, such as juice from the apples, in the filling. If you’re concerned about this, toss the chopped apples in sugar and let them sit for half an hour before rinsing the sugar off. You’ll find the sugar has absorbed some liquid from the apples. Another tip is to bake on a preheated baking sheet so the bottom of the turnover gets an immediate blast of heat, helping to seal it.

Should I reheat apple turnovers?

Reheat them in the oven or toaster oven at 375°F for about 8 minutes or until warm and crisp. You can have them cold too, of course, but I find they’re more delicious served warm!

What are the best apples for apple turnovers?

Granny Smith is my usual choice. I love the tart flavor. Golden Delicious also holds its shape well in apple recipes. Two apples I wouldn’t recommend are Gala and Red Delicious since they tend to disintegrate when heated.

How do you store apple turnovers?

Keep them for a day or so at room temperature in an airtight container or in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 days. Another option is to freeze unbaked apple turnovers for up to a month.

Apple turnovers with fresh apples in the background.

Chopnotch Tips

  • Don’t preheat the oven too early. The apple mixture will need about half an hour to chill. Once you take it out of the refrigerator and begin working on the pastry, you can switch the oven on.
  • Substitute nutmeg for the cinnamon, caramel extract for the vanilla extract, or add another fruit (maybe pear, peach, or even raisins) to the apple mixture to make these turnovers your own.
  • Because turnovers are so good for breakfast, consider making them the evening beforehand and then just warm them up in the oven at breakfast time.
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Puff pastry apple turnovers need no introduction. Just about everyone has tried one of these fantastic pastries from the bakery. The puff pastry encloses a gently spiced apple filling and the whole thing is topped with a sweet vanilla glaze.

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Recipe

How to Make

Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

The delicate pastry, sweet apple filling, and vanilla glaze harmonize for a great result.
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 38 mins
Servings: 8 apple turnovers

Ingredients

For the turnovers:

  • 2 sheets puff pastry, 1 package
  • 2 cups diced apples, about 4 medium apples
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg

For the glaze:

  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
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Instructions

To make the turnovers:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside. Peel, core, and dice 4 medium apples into approximately ¼-inch slices.
  • Add the melted butter to a large pan over medium heat and then mix in the diced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Let this mixture cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes while mixing. Once the apples have softened, remove the pan from the heat and transfer to the refrigerator to chill.
  • While the apple mixture is chilling, unroll one of the puff pastry sheets onto a clean and lightly floured surface and cut it into four equal squares. Then repeat this process with the second puff pastry sheet so that you have a total of eight squares.
  • Remove the filling from the refrigerator and scoop out 3 tablespoons into the center of each of the eight pastry squares.
  • Mix the egg with one tablespoon of water and brush this mixture onto and around the edges of all eight pastry squares. Now fold each square onto itself diagonally so that it forms a triangle shape and then press down around the edges using a fork to seal them. Place them onto the prepared baking sheets and brush the tops of them with the remaining egg mixture. Optionally, sprinkle granulated sugar on top of them.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.

To make the glaze:

  • While the pastries are cooling, add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and water to a small bowl and mix until smooth. Add more water if the glaze is too thick or more confectioners' sugar if too thin. Once you have the desired consistency, drizzle it over the warm pastries and serve. Enjoy!
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Notes

  • Don’t preheat the oven too early. The apple mixture will need about half an hour to chill. Once you take it out of the refrigerator and begin working on the pastry, you can switch the oven on.
  • Substitute nutmeg for the cinnamon, caramel extract for the vanilla extract, or add another fruit (maybe pear, peach, or even raisins) to the apple mixture to make these turnovers your own.
  • Because turnovers are so good for breakfast, consider making them the evening beforehand and then just warm them up in the oven at breakfast time.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 446kcal (22%), Carbohydrates: 50g (17%), Protein: 5g (10%), Fat: 25g (38%), Saturated Fat: 7g (44%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 24mg (8%), Sodium: 212mg (9%), Potassium: 92mg (3%), Fiber: 2g (8%), Sugar: 22g (24%), Vitamin A: 91IU (2%), Vitamin C: 3mg (4%), Calcium: 19mg (2%), Iron: 2mg (11%)
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