Apple Turnovers Recipe


For the filling:

  • 3-4 medium Granny Smith apples (or a mix of sweet and tart apples)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the pastry:

  • 1 package (14-17 ounces) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed according to package directions
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Coarse sugar or turbinado sugar for sprinkling (optional)


Make the filling:

  • Peel, core, and dice the apples into small, even pieces (about ½ inch).
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the diced apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using), and salt.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes, or until the apples soften slightly and the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Let the filling cool completely.

Assemble the turnovers:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour your work surface and unfold the puff pastry sheets. Roll out each sheet slightly to thin it out a bit.
  • Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 9 even squares.
  • Spoon a generous amount of the cooled apple filling into the center of each pastry square. Don’t overfill, or they will be difficult to seal.
  • Fold the pastry squares diagonally to form triangles, moisten the edges slightly with water and press firmly to seal. You can crimp the edges with a fork for decoration.

Finish and bake:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to create an egg wash.
  • Brush the egg wash over the top of each turnover. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  • Cut a few small slits on the top of each turnover to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the turnovers are puffed and golden brown.

Cool and enjoy!

  • Let the turnovers cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy warm or at room temperature.


  • Apple choice: Choose a mix of tart and sweet apples (like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn) for the best flavor balance.
  • Thickening the filling: For a thicker filling, increase the flour to 2 tablespoons.
  • Puff pastry care: Work with chilled puff pastry for best results. If it becomes too warm, pop it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before continuing.
  • Make-ahead: You can prepare the apple filling in advance and refrigerate it. Assemble and bake the turnovers just before serving.


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