Transform store-bought puff pastry into a family favorite recipe for Easy Apple Turnovers.

Easy Apple Turnovers on serving plate with whipped cream

We are fresh off the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Just a Taste. In many ways it feels like a lifetime ago when I decided to start sharing my mom’s beloved recipes, but in many other ways, it all still feels so new.

I think the later is attributed to just how quickly technology changes and advances these days. When I published my first blog post in 2008, Instagram didn’t exist. In fact, it still wouldn’t exist until an entire two years later. Mind. Blown.

Apple Turnover filling in clear bowl

And on the I’m-feeling-old front, I’m headed east this weekend for my 10-year Northwestern reunion. The city of Chicago will forever hold a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to explore the culinary scene a decade after my college glory days.

Square puff pastry dough with apple turnover filling

With so many anniversaries and reunions to celebrate (including a 4-year wedding anniversary today!), I can think of no better sweet treat than something that screams “celebrate the season!” And right now, I am all about the apples, from caramel apples and apple tarts to apple fritter rings and now, Easy Apple Turnovers.

Brushing egg wash on top of apple turnovers

I’ve been a longtime fan of transforming the ever-so-reliable store-bought puff pastry into various creations, both sweet and savory. But there’s just something about a classic fruit dressed simply with sugar and spices tucked inside a pastry pocket.

The crystal sanding sugar adds an optional but super satisfying crunch to every bite. And of course, Secret Ingredient Whipped Cream is a must for dipping and dunking!

Easy Apple Turnovers on serving plate next to a small bowl with whipped cream

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Easy Apple Turnovers

Transform store-bought puff pastry into a family favorite recipe for Easy Apple Turnovers. These light and flaky pockets are bursting with fresh flavor and only take minutes to make.
4.91 from 70 votes
Easy Apple Turnovers on serving plate with whipped cream
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Servings 8 turnovers


  • 2 cups small diced (peeled) apples
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 (17.3-oz.) package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
  • Flour, for dusting work surface
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • Crystal sanding sugar (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice.
  • Unfold the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, gently roll over the pastry to seal any perforations then cut each sheet into 4 squares.
  • Using a slotted spoon, scoop a portion of the apple mixture into the center of each puff pastry square then fold the pastry across diagonally to form triangles. Using a fork, crimp together the edges then transfer the turnovers to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.
  • Cut three small slits in the tops of each turnover then brush them with the egg. Sprinkle the turnovers with the sanding sugar (optional).
  • Bake the turnovers for 17 to 20 minutes or until they’re golden brown and puffed. Transfers the turnovers to a rack to cool then serve warm or at room temperature. 
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Calories: 199kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 84mg, Potassium: 59mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.9mg

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    1. Hi Emily! I’d recommend freezing them first and then baking off as needed, but you may need to increase the bake time.

  1. I’m going to make these. Was wondering if once the turnovers have cooled if I could drizzle (boiled and sifted) apricot jam over the tops?

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I followed the recipe precisely except I used my own homemade puff pastry. I will definitely make this again! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Just want to say the receipt was fantastic and the apple turnovers were absolutely amazing. Thanks for a great receipt so simple and ever so tasty.

  4. We have a large family. With my grand babies there are 13 of us. Would it be possible to make this in a sheet pan like apple slices?

  5. 5 stars
    Went to Apple Hill in Placerville ca. Came back with Apple and had puff pastry, so why not. Never made before. Super easy. Waiting for for them to come out of the oven. Can’t wait. Thanks for easy recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    So easy and delicious. I added double the brown sugar as I like my apples sweet. Thanks for a great recipe

  7. I made these and they were delicious but found the puff pastry a bit soft. any suggestions to make it flakier?

    1. 5 stars
      Wow these were beautiful. I did however add a couple of spices (nutmeg & Clove) And I also didn’t have lemon, so I squeezed some fresh orange juice instead.

      Then I mixed everything up and let it sit before putting it on a strainer to make it easier for the little one who “helped” mix and prep the turnovers.

      Quick easy and fun for both my 21m old and I. The entire family really enjoyed and will be making these in the future for parties and family gatherings. Just beautiful and delightful.

  8. 5 stars
    Seriously good!! I had one sheet of puff pastry and some apples that were starting to turn soft. I halved the recipe and didn’t read the part about using slotted spoon but nothing leaked out while baking. I will definitely make these again. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Thank you.

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