Apple Turnovers

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 25m
Ready In

Recipe: #3845

January 04, 2012

"Apple turnovers are so good! The homemade buttery pastry is delicious, light, flakey, tender, and it puffs up beautifully when baked. You can make all kinds of different tasty fillings. I like to use Gala apples for my filling because it is a nice firm apple and doesn’t make the turnover soggy. You can also cheat and use store bought can pie fillings if you want. It takes a little time to make turnovers so you must allow yourself plenty of time. If you have a bit of trouble working with the pastry, rolling it out between sheets of waxed paper is very helpful also. Keeping the pastry half way cooled is key. If it gets too warm to work with, just chill it a few minutes. Fresh apple turnovers taste best while warm."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (155.4 g)
  • Calories 438.1
  • Total Fat - 24.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 81.5 mg
  • Sodium - 303.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 54 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.4 g
  • Sugars - 29.9 g
  • Protein - 5 g
  • Calcium - 24.7 mg
  • Iron - 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

In a food processor, or a medium bowl using a pastry blender combine the flour and salt.

Step 2

Cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with ice water; mix well. Shape dough into a ball.

Step 3

On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into an 18”x8” rectangle. Cut 1/4 cup butter into pieces or slices. Starting at one of the 8-inch sides, place butter over 2/3 of the rectangle to within 1/2 inch of the sides.

Step 4

Fold unbuttered 1/3 of pastry over middle 1/3. Fold opposite end over to make an 8”x6” rectangle. Turn dough a quarter of a turn and remember to do this each time before rolling out to 18”x8”. (Rolling the dough from the 6-inch end). Using a rolling pin, carefully roll the dough into an 18’x8” rectangle again.

Step 5

Slice remaining 1/4 cup butter.

Step 6

Place slices of butter on dough and fold as before in paragraphs 3 and 4. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 10 minutes.

Step 7

Remove from refrigerator and roll dough out into an 18”x8” rectangle again. Fold lengthwise then crosswise. Wrap the dough and chill for 1 hour.

Step 8

Prepare filling.

Step 9

In a saucepan, stir together the apples, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until apples are tender and mixture is slightly thick. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Step 10

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Step 11

Cut dough crosswise into half and roll 1/2 of the dough into 12-inch squares. Keep the other half chilled). Cut the dough into four, 6-inch squares.

Step 12

In a small bowl beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush 2 sides of each square with the egg wash.

Step 13

Spoon 1 Tablespoon of apple mixture in the center of each square. Fold in triangle shapes, and press edges to seal.

Step 14

Place the turnovers on a parchment line baking sheet and put into the refrigerator to chill, while preparing the other half.

Step 15

When ready to bake, brush all the turnovers with the egg mixture.

Step 16

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack; glaze.

Step 17

Glaze: In a small bowl, combine ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon water. Mix until smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze over the turnovers.

Step 18

Serve warm.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

Tags : Desserts


Bonnie Baker

I cheated and used Crescent rolls instead of pie crust with fabulous results! Yummy hot out of the oven, with ice cream on the side.

review by:
(14 Oct 2019)


These are so good it's hard to leave them alone! I heated mine and topped it with scoops of ice cream, but my kids ate them cold out of the fridge for a snack and loved them that way too!

(7 Oct 2013)


I had lots of apples so this was the first thing I made and they were so yummy! The crust was light and the apples were sweet and delicious. They are so good with ice cream!

review by:
(26 Sep 2013)


I never made turnovers before but my mom and I went apple picking and we had loads of them to use so I tried making these. The crust came out pretty good, for me doing it, and they were really good, especially with the sweet glaze. My mom and dad loved them too!

review by:
(13 Sep 2013)


I got a bushel of apples to use up so I made these apple turnovers and they were delicious! The drizzle on the top really makes them extra special and I will make these again real soon so my husband will be happy. Who am I kidding, I'm making them so I'll be happy!

review by:
(10 Sep 2013)


MMMMmmmm! I only made the filling and glaze, I used frozen puff pastry, next time I'll try it using the dough, anyway I can say the filling is very good, these were gone is a flash, great recipe Elsie, thanks

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(3 Feb 2012)