These easy apple turnovers are made with puff pastry and a delicious apple filling. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!
When I was growing up, my family loved apple turnovers so we always had a few boxes of them in our freezer. Once I got older, I decided to learn how to make my own and I haven’t looked back since!
One of the things that I love about these turnovers is that they’re incredibly simple to throw together. Not only are they easy to make, but they’re also:
- Super flaky
- Filled with a delicious homemade apple filling
- Topped with a simple vanilla glaze
- Incredibly delicious!
Between the flaky puff pastry and the sweet apple filling, these turnovers are guaranteed to be loved by everyone. They’re even perfect served warm with a scoop of ice cream too!
To make this easy apple turnover recipe you will need just a few simple ingredients. Let’s discuss each one to ensure that you can make these turnovers with 100% success.
- Puff Pastry: This is my favorite shortcut for turnovers! You will need 2 sheets of puff pastry for this recipe. Two sheets will typically come in a 17.3 ounce box, I really love Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets.
- Apples: Along with the puff pastry, you will need 2 medium apples for this recipe. Any kind of baking apples work well here! Some of my favorites are Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Pink Lady apples. I recommend chopping the apples into smaller, bite-sized pieces too.
- Granulated Sugar: This helps to sweeten the filling just a bit. I use granulated sugar, but brown sugar would be fine too.
- All-Purpose Flour: There’s only 1 tablespoon of flour in these turnovers and it’s just enough to help thicken the filling.
- Ground Cinnamon: For a little flavor because apples and cinnamon are a perfect pair!
- Egg White: To get a beautiful golden brown turnover. Save the extra egg yolk for an omelet or use it in my small batch chocolate chip cookies.
And for the optional glaze, you will need:
- Powdered Sugar: Also known as confectioners sugar or icing sugar, this is what helps create a sweet, thick glaze.
- Vanilla Extract: To add some vanilla flavor.
- Milk: Whole milk, 2%, 1%, skim, or even almond milk all work fine!
How To Make Apple Turnovers
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, it’s time to prepare the turnovers. Start by preheating your oven to 400°F (204°C) and lining one or two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Next, set out your puff pastry so that it can thaw. You want it to be cold, but thawed enough to be able to assemble the turnovers.
Now it’s time to prepare the apple filling. To make the filling, combine the chopped apples, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, and ground cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Set the filling aside for 15 to 20 minutes while you prepare everything else.
Once the puff pastry is thawed, roll both sheets out a little and cut each one into 4 squares for a total of 8 square pieces. If your puff pastry is a bit too warm at this point, place it on a baking sheet and put it back in the refrigerator so it can chill for a bit. Next, whisk together your egg white with a little bit of water and set it aside.
After the apples have released some of their juices, use a slotted spoon to spoon about 1/4 cup of filling into a corner of each square piece of puff pastry leaving enough space to fold the dough over. I suggest leaving as much juice as possible in the mixing bowl so that your turnovers don’t end up too gooey inside. Then, brush your egg wash on the two edges of the puff pastry that make the corner you put the apple filling in, fold it over, crimp the edges with a fork, and cut two to three slits in each turnover.
Brush a little extra egg wash over each turnover, pop them into the oven, and let them bake for 17 to 20 minutes. The turnovers are done once they’re puffed and golden brown on top. I suggest letting them cool slightly before whisking together the glaze and adding it on top.
How Do You Store These Turnovers?
Once the turnovers have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. While it’s not necessary to refrigerate them, you can store them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh a little longer.
To reheat the turnovers: Microwave for 20 to 30 seconds or until warmed through.
Can You Freeze Them Before Baking?
Yes, you may assemble the turnovers and freeze them! I suggest lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and freezing them completely first, then store them in a freezer bag/container for up to 3 months.
To bake the frozen turnovers: Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Brush each turnover with the egg wash. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown on top.
- Allow the puff pastry to thaw slightly first, so it’s easier to fold the turnovers and crimp the edges.
- Be sure to chop your apples into smaller, bite sized-pieces. This will help ensure that they’re small enough to fit in the puff-pastry and that they cook down some while baking in the oven.
- Make sure to crimp the edges really well so the filling doesn’t ooze out of the turnovers while they’re baking. I prefer to use a fork for this step!
- Want to try another glaze? The maple cinnamon glaze from my baked pumpkin donuts would be fantastic on these turnovers as well!
- 1 (17.3-ounce) package puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
- 2 cups (240 grams) chopped apple peeled, cored, and chopped into small pieces
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon (8 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
- 1 cup (120 grams) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 ml) milk
To make the apple turnovers:
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped apple, sugar, flour, and cinnamon and mix until well combined. Set the mixture aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Unroll both pieces of thawed puff pastry, use a rolling pin to roll each one out a little, then cut each one into four squares (you will have eight total pieces).
- Whisk together the egg white and water until frothy and set aside.
- Using a slotted spoon, spoon about 1/4 cup of the apple filling (leaving as much juice as possible in the bowl) into one corner of the puff pastry, leaving enough space to fold the dough over. Brush the egg wash on the two edges of the puff pastry that make the corner you put the apple filling in, fold it over, and crimp the edges with a fork.
- Brush the remaining egg wash on top of each turnover, then cut two to three slits in the top of each one.
- Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
To make the vanilla glaze:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of milk. If needed, add 1/2 teaspoon of milk at a time until the glaze has reached your desired consistency.
- Evenly distribute the glaze between all of the turnovers.
I always keep a box of puff pastry in my freezer, just incase inspiration (or hunger) strikes! These turnovers look just gorgeous! This would definitely make the best breakfast or dessert!
Thanks, Gayle! I think I’ll need to start keeping a box in my freezer as well 🙂
So delicious and easy to make! I love apple turnovers- a fall classic, for sure 🙂
WOW! These look amazing! …and they’re easy?! That’s amazing! We too used to have the frozen ones when I was little. Pepperidge Farm! Hehe, good times! This recipe looks amazing! PERF for fall!
Yes! We had the same exact ones! Thanks, Cailee 🙂
Oh, gosh. Apple turnovers are my ultimate fall WEAKNESS! These gorgeous little babies are totally calling my name! And that glaze = swooooon!
They’re definitely my weakness too! Thanks, Sarah 🙂
Apple turnovers are a treat that I remember enjoying often in childhood, too. It’s been sooo long since I had one! These turnovers look so perfectly flaky and the apple filling looks just perfect! I’m excited to be able to make my own apple turnovers at home!
Thank you, Kristine 🙂 Hope you enjoy them!
Apple turnovers are the best. These are stunning!
Indeed these apple turnovers are delicious. I can have them for all my meals! Love how easy they are. 🙂
I love apple turnovers! It has been much too long since I’ve made them. I’m the same, I’ll make a big batch and then freeze them. I need to make these again! Shawn will be oh so happy : )
Aw I bet he would be happy to have some of these! Thanks, Natalie!
I’m loving your apple desserts, Danielle! I think these are totally acceptable for breakfast too, and I love how easy these are! There’s absolutely no excuse not to make them. 🙂
Thank you, Marcie!
Love apple turnovers – they definitely make an acceptable breakfast! 😉 The glaze sounds perfect to drizzle over these!
I love apple turnovers and just bought a box today. Will have to make some after I finish them, because your recipe is so easy! Perfect for breakfast!
I love apple turnovers! I used to beg my mom to pick them up when she went to the store, and it was seriously so exciting when she had them in the bag instead of the usual fruits and veggies, ha! These look so amazing!
These apple turnovers look amazing! I love how easy they are with the puff pastry and the glaze sounds SOO good! These are just perfect for fall!
Apple turnovers are such a great treat! These look just perfect – I think I need to go get some puff pastry now!
Thanks, Stacey! Puff pastry is such a great thing to have on hand to bake with 🙂
These turnovers look incredible, Denielle!! Spiced apple filling looks so so delish! Craving for this right now! 😀
I wouldn’t have guessed that apple turnovers could be that easy! These look perfect! I need one with my coffee right now!
Definitely perfect with some coffee 🙂 Thanks, Annie!
I definitely don’t use puff pastry enough. I even just bought a box and it’s still sitting in my freezer! This is the perfect use for it!
It’s definitely great to have on hand! Thanks, Ashley!
I have never made apple turnovers before, but I definitely want to try them now that it’s fall! These look so good!
Your right! Apple turnovers are way too easy to make, dangerously so.
Ooh I just LOVE apple turnovers! These look so delicious!!!
I love these! So easy to make and taste yum! 🙂
That filling and glaze look fabulous! It’s amazing what delicious treats you can make with a box of puff pastry!
I agree, that’s why I love it! Thanks, Christin!
I love apple everything and never even realized that these turnovers were so easy to make!! LOVE! Pinned!
My brother used to keep the Pepperidge Farms turnovers in our freezer, so that brings back memories! He loved them so much back then. I’ll have to send him your recipe to get him going again. These look perfect!
We kept the same ones in our freezer too, Mir! Hope he enjoys the recipe 🙂
Yay for apple season! I love how easy these are 🙂 My kids would be so excited if I served them up for breakfast.
These turnovers look and sound fantastic Danielle! I love the vanilla glaze on top!
I have a can of apple pie filling in the pantry. Could I substitute for fresh apples?
I haven’t tried it before, but could probably just use that instead of the apples, sugar, and flour in this recipe.
Can I make these the night before and just reheat or will they loose the flavor and be soggy ? Going out of town and would love to make these for the event but have no way of making them there.
That should be fine. I would reheat them in the oven if you’re able to though, a microwave may make them a little soggy.
HI, can i use canned Apricots in place off Apples . Would like to make them both and freeze some. I live in NEW ZEALAND and will make Apple ones for the family for Sunday Dinner time. Thanks they look Yummy. Rosemary
I haven’t tried it, but it would probably be okay. I would just make sure to drain them first.
These were delicious! I forgot to buy parchment paper and definitely paid the price 🙁 What’s the best way to store them? Fridge or room temperature?
You can store them at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.