Apples and spice and everything nice – that’s what these little pastries are made of! These Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers feature juicy, perfectly spiced apples encased in a buttery, flaky pastry crust. They are the ultimate fall treat that seem just as perfect for breakfast as they do for dessert.
From Scratch Apple Turnovers Recipe
While I am usually a staunch fan of chocolate desserts only, when fall comes around I can’t help but indulge in all of my favorite apple cinnamon desserts.
There’s a small town not too far from where I live that has an amazing Dutch bakery with the best apple turnovers I have ever tasted. However, with all of my daughter’s extracurriculars gearing up again in the fall, jumping in the car for a road trip isn’t something we can do every time a pastry craving hits.
So, I did the only logical thing I could think of and spent the better part of a Saturday figuring out how to convert my homemade apple pie filling into a delicious apple turnover recipe. While the bakery fries their turnovers and coats them in cinnamon sugar, I opted to bake mine and top with a twist on a classic icing sugar drizzle made with maple syrup and a pinch of my homemade apple pie spice. If desired, you can coat them in cinnamon sugar, but you will have to do it while the pastries are warm and that can lead to a couple of the pastries breaking. (Pro tip: broken pastries taste just as good as unbroken pastries, and I’ve heard that breaking them reduces the calorie count, soooo…)
These apple turnovers taste amazing hot or cold, with that flakey puff pastry giving way to a not-too-sweet apple filling with fresh chunks of apples and a caramelized, sticky syrup. They have all of the flavor of a slice of apple pie in a convenient, hand-held format that lends itself perfectly to brunches or casual afternoon get-togethers.
You can swap out the puff pastry called for in this recipe with pie crust, crescent dough, or even phyllo pastry. If you’d prefer to make your puff pastry from scratch, Dessert for Two has an awesome homemade puff pastry recipe. I usually just stick to all-butter puff pastry that I find in my grocery store’s freezer section.
Can you freeze apple turnovers? Yes! Before baking, separate the individual turnovers with squares of parchment paper and freeze in airtight freezer bags or your favorite freezer containers. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.) When ready to bake, place on a parchment paper lined cookie tray and let thaw completely before resuming with the baking instructions. I do not recommend freezing baked turnovers as the dough will be soggy once thawed.
What to Serve with Apple Turnovers
While turnovers are perfect on their own, if you are looking to pair them with something, I recommend:
- a scoop of vanilla ice cream
- a luscious caramel sauce (either drizzled on top or served on the side for dipping)
- whipped cream
- slices of cheddar cheese (I love the combination of sharp cheddar cheese with caramelized apples or apple pie)
More Delicious Apple Desserts
- Dutch Apple Pie Cookies
- Chai-Spiced Apple Crisp from Kylee Cooks
- Apple Pie Dessert Enchiladas
- Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- Apple Spice Layer Cake
Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers Ingredients
- Apples, cored and chopped
- White Sugar
- All-purpose Flour
- Apple Pie Spice <– check out our homemade Apple Pie Spice recipe
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Lemon Juice
- Puff Pastry
Optional Maple Drizzle:
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: swap out the puff pastry for crescent dough or phyllo dough, if desired.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Cutting board
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing Bowl
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula
- Cookie Tray
- Silicone Baking Mat
How to Make Apple Turnovers
In a large bowl, combine the chopped apples, white sugar, flour, apple pie spice, salt, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.
Stir to coat the apple completely in the mixture and let sit for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven according to puff pastry directions.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Unroll and cut the puff pastry with a pizza cutter into 4” squares.
Place a tablespoon of the apple pie mixture in the centre of each square of puff pastry.
Fold the turnovers by bringing one corner of the puff pastry diagonally across and pressing to the diagonally opposite corner.
Press the edges of the folded puff pastry together to form a seal, and then use a fork to make a crimped edge. Make two small cuts in the top of the puff pastry using kitchen shears.
Set each turnover on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 12 minutes, until golden brown.
If you want to top these apple turnovers with some icing drizzle, combine the drizzle ingredients in a small bowl and adjust to your personal preferences.
Drizzle over the apple turnovers and allow to set before serving.
Grab your free printable for our from-scratch apple turnovers recipe:
- 5 apples, cored and chopped
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 package puff pastry
Optional Maple Drizzle:
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Milk, as needed (1-2 Tablespoons)
- In a large bowl, combine the chopped apples, white sugar, flour, apple pie spice, salt, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.
- Stir to coat the apple completely in the mixture and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven according to puff pastry directions.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Unroll and cut the puff pastry with a pizza cutter into 4” squares.
- Place a tablespoon of the apple pie mixture in the centre of each square of puff pastry.
- Fold the turnovers by bringing one corner of the puff pastry diagonally across and pressing to the diagonally opposite corner.
- Press the edges of the folded puff pastry together to form a seal, and then use a fork to make a crimped edge. Make two small cuts in the top of the puff pastry using kitchen shears.
- Set each turnover on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 12 minutes, until golden brown.
- If you want to top these apple turnovers with some icing drizzle, combine the drizzle ingredients in a small bowl and adjust to your personal preferences.
- Drizzle over the apple turnovers and allow to set before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 3gSugar: 44gProtein: 2g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves these apple turnovers as much as mine did – and they definitely come together faster that it would take to drive to a bakery!