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With a buttery, flaky crust and spiced sweet apple filling, these homemade Apple Turnovers are hands down one of the best ways to enjoy this seasonal fruit. |

Apple Turnovers

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 large turnovers
  • Diet: Vegetarian


With a buttery, flaky crust and spiced sweet apple filling, these homemade Apple Turnovers are hands down one of the best ways to enjoy this seasonal fruit. By using store-bought puff pastry dough, you can skip a few steps to hurry these easy apple turnovers along so you can enjoy them right away. It'll be true love at first bite, we promise.


For the apple turnovers:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups (450 gramsHoneycrisp apples, cored, peeled, and diced small (about 5 apples)
  • 1/2 cup (110 gramsbrown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed (490 gram package)
  • 1/4 cup (50 gramscoarse sugar (for sprinkling)

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup (120 gramsconfectioners’ sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons water


Cook the apples:

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the diced apples and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly softened.
  2. Add in the brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir to combine, then bring to a simmer. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, until apples are softened and juices have reduced quite a bit, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle on the cornstarch and stir and cook until thickened, about 1 to 2 more minutes.
  4. Remove the apples from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Cover the bowl and place into the fridge to fully cool.

Make the turnovers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and water to create an egg wash. Set aside.
  3. On a floured work surface, roll out 1 sheet of puff pastry into a 12x12-inch square. Cut it into 4 equal squares.
  4. Visually divide each square in half diagonally and add 1/8th of the cooled apple filling into one half of each puff pastry square (into a triangular shape), leaving about a ½-inch border on the edges. Brush the perimeter of each square with egg wash.
  5. Fold the pastry square in half diagonally, over the filling, making a triangle. Use a fork to press the edges together, making a seal.
  6. Repeat with the other sheet of puff pastry and remaining filling.
  7. Transfer the turnovers onto the prepared baking sheets. Brush each with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place into the oven to bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before glazing.

Make the glaze:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and water until smooth.
  2. Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the turnovers.


How to store: Store your leftover apple turnovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days or refrigerate for 4-5 days.

How to reheat: Warm turnovers are infinitely better than cold ones. Either microwave your hand pies for 30 seconds or pop it in your oven or air fryer at 350 F for 3-5 minutes to warm it up.

How to freeze: Gently place your apple turnovers in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw them in the fridge and reheat following the steps above.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American