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Apple Turnovers Recipe

Apple Turnovers Recipe

These traditional apple turnovers are tender and flaky, with apple pie-like filling and a thin, white glaze. I freeze the extras and warm them up in the microwave. They're great with coffee. —Dorothy Bayes, Sardis, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons water
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in 1/4 cup butter until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12-in. x 6-in. rectangle.
  • 2. Cut remaining butter into thin slices. Starting at a short side of dough, arrange half of the butter slices over two-thirds of rectangle to within 1/2 in. of edges. Fold unbuttered third of dough over middle third. Fold remaining third over the middle, forming a 6-in. x 4-in. rectangle. Roll dough into a 12-in. x 6-in. rectangle.
  • 3. Repeat steps of butter layering and dough folding, ending with a 6-in. x 4-in. rectangle. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 15 minutes. Roll dough into a 12-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Fold in half lengthwise and then widthwise. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Add apples and lemon juice; toss to coat. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring often. Remove from the heat.
  • 5. In a small bowl, combine egg and water. Roll dough into a 12-in. square; cut into four squares. Brush with half of the egg mixture. Spoon about 1/4 cup filling on half of each square; fold dough over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with remaining egg mixture. With a sharp knife, cut three small slits in the top of each turnover.
  • 6. Bake at 450° for 17-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over turnovers. Serve warm. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 456 calories, 24g fat (14g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 537mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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ellen User ID: 9146245 264818
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

"I'd never been successful with crusts, but with this- wow! Flaky crust, even the next day, and even after refrigeration. I've since made two batches, the first as tartlets with Honeycrisp apples, the second as hand pies with Pink Lady apples; both have been amazing! pie crust/puff pastry- basically, they all fall on the spectrum, and in this case, just love it for what it is! I even had a few mishaps (my own laziness and forgetfulness) that still yielded fantastic results!

I didn't bother with the egg wash or the icing, as it needed no adulteration beyond the crust and apple mixture, in my opinion. I was also too lazy to use ice water, haha.
My next attempt will be to cut out squares of dough and place them into mini-muffin molds, then fill with the apple mixture. This is so that there will be enough to bring to work to impress everyone else! ;)
Thanks for this easy and fantastic recipe!"

Jamieyuchang User ID: 8692295 241514
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"Wow!! What a flaky crust! First time I've tried this method! Husband wants more!!

Can this crust recipe be used for a pie? Or would middle get soggy? Thanks!!"

Cleokatra User ID: 8607394 236885
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"So to Agent Terry and onedbguru, if you already had a recipe why didn't you use it? I really like this recipe, it is a very tasty introduction to folded pastry baking which many people googling to find an apple crisp recipe may not have ever done. The ingredients are great, temp etc seem pretty accurate abd the end result is very lovely desert. Or breakfast. Sites like this for foodies that wish to learn more and improve their home cooking and baking."

DeKay81 User ID: 7512755 99923
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"These apple turnovers were very good! It took some time but it was worth it."

Yummersyumyum User ID: 7585974 169359
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"These turned out great in the end. I first used a cookie sheet, which was a huge mess. The butter from the crust melted and dripped down in the oven, smoking up the whole house!:)

We then transferred that batch (I doubled the recipe) and the next to bake in cast iron skillets. Amazing! Will do that from now in since these will definitely be made over and over. Thanks!"

onedbguru User ID: 7304141 81500
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2013

"I agree with AgentTerry. The dough in this recipe is a take on puff pastry, but it is not an authentic puff pastry, which requires a minimum of six rollings with refrigeration between every two. I only used this recipe for apple filling and used my recipe for real puff pastry (as AgentTerry said, that has many more flaky layers). The filling had good flavor, was easy to make, and not too runny. Would use the filling part of the recipe again."

AgentTerry User ID: 6280838 97946
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"The dough on this recipe is a quick puff pastry. Puff pastry is rolled and rested 3 to 4 times so it has many more levels. For a quicker and easier of way of making these I highly recommend buying puff pastry from the freezer section of the grocery store. It's a Chefs "go to" to save time."

94133dad User ID: 7071334 157105
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"Made these turnovers as an afternoon diversion for my 8 y/o daughter and her friend. We doubled the quantities and carefully followed the directions and the result was amazing. I've never made anything like this before so it took longer for me to get prepped than expected. I'm still amazed how flaky the crust turned out. I give the credit to my helpers."

HappyMomof7 User ID: 6999680 77931
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"My family loved these. I made them without refrigerating the dough, and they turned out great! The recipe quadrupled nicely for our large family too."

chaphisticated User ID: 6946757 154246
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"just made these, used strawberry filling instead though and already they're done, my family didnt even wait till they were cooled, i sprinkled sugar over it to glaze. i will definitely make it again :)"

missybb User ID: 4347141 155401
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"I have made these turnoners several times. I did the apple first then blackberry and then pumpkin. Once I figured out how to fold the dough with the butter, it's been yummy in my tummy. I liked them best right out of the oven. Ok they didn't last long enough to reheat them. My bad"

5formom User ID: 6939506 209273
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2012

"Loved this!! This turned out great! The dough really doesn't make enough... I doubled the dough recipe and still had filling left. Disappeared fast!!"

hellolala User ID: 6927682 168025
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"easy recipe to follow. The crust is spectacular! I used the juice of an orange and added a dash of vanilla, and forgot to make the matter, the family gobbled them up and are still asking for more!"

musicman16 User ID: 6902007 157104
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"They turned out good, but I used an ungreased baking sheet like the recipe said, and my turnovers stuck to the pan quite a bit. I would grease it next time."

Torimarkiewicz User ID: 6813058 98656
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"Best streudel I have ever had! Perfect combination of flaky, sweet, and gooey."

jksturman User ID: 2137799 169736
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"This recipe is a little more time consuming than most because of the crust but I think it's so worth it. I double it for my family and we all love them. I've also made them with peach filling--yum!"

LaDawn Marie User ID: 697327 133837
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"Fantastic! I even forgot a step with the crust and it still turned out great. I look forward to making this again."

marrisa_s User ID: 6152461 77925
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"These have such a flaky crust, a new favorite for me!!"

AgentTerry User ID: 6280838 172471
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"This is such a good & easy recipe. I used a varity of apples which made excellent consistancy. Next time I will cut the sugar just a little."

familycook322 User ID: 6115581 77877
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"I had troubles with the dough but my dad and i both loved it"

kafaughn User ID: 3552105 133828
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"Fantastic! I left the dough in the fridge for 2 days rather than 1 hour. These are time consuming, but totally worth it."

justbeck User ID: 935540 169358
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"Oops...forgot to put my stars :)"

justbeck User ID: 935540 169331
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"These are the best turnovers!! Love the flaky pastry. Super easy too! I read other reviews and left my dough in the refrigerator overnight. YUMMY! Everyone loved them."

brookviv User ID: 4447657 169328
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"These are the best turnovers I have made. I like the crust better than pie crust. I used spy apples and the sweet tart is so good. One reviewer mentioned the filling oozing out that will happen if the crust is over filled, I know from experience. I doubled the recipe and made them small so they can be eaten out of your hand. My family loved them and mentioned how flakey the crust is. I will be making these again. The crust requires a little more work but the results are worth it."

krisjeffery1 User ID: 5468624 169306
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"Turned out beautiful. I got too busy to roll out after dough had refrigerated for 1 hour and let it sit for 2 days. Just like croissants, the longer they refrigerate the flakier they become. They were fantastic."

avon_bymaria User ID: 2658312 155399
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"Mine didnt make enough dough. And the filling oozed out all over the pan. :( I will try again though."

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