Apple Turnovers


These classic apple turnovers have a delicious homemade filling that's baked inside flaky puff pastry triangles. If you do not wish to make the glaze, you can brush beaten egg over the top of each turnover, and sprinkle with white sugar before baking.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 turnovers

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this absolutely irresistible (and totally approachable) apple turnover recipe. Even beginner bakers won't be intimidated: Store-bought puff pastry is filled with a simple homemade filling, then baked to warm and fruity perfection.

What Is a Turnover?

A turnover is a triangular filled pastry that looks a little bit like a hand pie. It's made by filling pastry dough, folding and sealing the edges, and baking. Turnovers can be sweet or savory. Oftentimes, dessert turnovers are drizzled with a sweet glaze or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

How to Make Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

Though these bakery-worthy apple turnovers are sure to impress, they're actually quite simple to make. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Make the Filling

Cook apple slices in a hot skillet with butter for about two minutes. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring constantly, for about two more minutes. Add a water-cornstarch mixture and continue to cook until the filling has thickened.

Fill and Fold the Pastry

Trim each puff pastry sheet into a square, then cut each large square into four smaller squares. Spoon the apple mixture into the center of each square. Fold the pastry diagonally, from corner to corner, over the filling. Press edges together to seal. Follow with an egg wash for extra leakage protection.

Bake and Glaze

Place the turnovers on a baking sheet and bake until the pastry is puffed and lightly brown. In a small bowl, mix together the glaze ingredients (confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla). Drizzle the glaze over the cooled apple turnovers.

Best Apples for Apple Turnovers

This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples for a couple reasons. The flavor is perfectly sweet and tart, for one. Also, Granny Smith apples are firm and their flesh doesn't fall apart during baking. If you'd like to use another apple variety, though, you can — just make sure your apples are firm and flavorful (Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp apples would work well, while Red Delicious likely would not).

What to Serve With Apple Turnovers

If you don't want to use the glaze, you could simply top these turnovers with a dusting of confectioners' sugar. You don't need to pair them with anything, as a turnover is the perfect handheld dessert. However, to make it even more decadent, serve each apple turnover with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

How to Store Apple Turnovers

Leftover apple turnovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. In an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last for about five days. Reheat in the oven until the crust is crispy and the filling is heated through.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I love these awesome flaky apple turnovers," says ILikeBreadThatIsMoist. "These apples in the filling were just the right texture. The glaze melts into the pastry when the turnover is warm and it is a nice texture."

"WOW WOW WOW," raves JAPO. "I was afraid to make turnovers for years. I tried this recipe and was nervous. This is great. My husband says they are the best he has ever had. He brought some to his friends who work on an apple farm and they keep asking for more."

"This was an absolute hit," according to Ashley Smith. "I made a different glaze. I used the extra apple pie juice left in the pan after sauteeing the apples and added them to the confectioner's sugar with milk. It took them to the next level! I added melted butter to them right out of the oven and then added the apple glaze!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4 cups water

  • 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine the lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.

    Overhead of apple slices in a bowl with lemon juice and water added.

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  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain water from apples, and place them into the hot skillet. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes.

  3. Add brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes.

    Overhead of brown sugar being stirred in with apple slices cooking on a skillet.

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  4. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Pour into the skillet, and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat to cool slightly.

    Overhead of cooking apple slices and sauces cooking in a skillet.

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  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  6. Unfold puff pastry sheets, and repair any cracks by pressing them back together. Trim each sheet into a square.

    Overehead of puff pastry sheets being rolled flat and trimmed with a knife.

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  7. Then cut each larger square into 4 smaller squares. Spoon apples onto the center of each squares. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal.

    Overhead of cooked apple slices bing placed and folded into puff pastry sheets.

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  8. Place turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them.

    Overhead of folded apple turnovers being placed on a baking sheet.

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  9. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned. Cool completely before glazing.

  10. To make the glaze, mix together the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Adjust the thickness by adding more sugar or milk if necessary.

  11. Drizzle glaze over the cooled turnovers.

    Overhead of apple turnovers on a wire cooling rack as a glaze is spooned over them.

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  12. Enjoy!

    mid angle, looking into a cut open apple turnover served on a blue plate



If you do not wish to make the glaze, you can brush beaten egg over the top of each turnover, and sprinkle with white sugar before baking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

562 Calories
26g Fat
80g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 562
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 50g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 161mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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