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These easy apple turnovers are packed full of fresh apples, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and wrapped in puff pastry, and baked till perfection.

Easy Apple Turnovers on a black plate

If you love apple turnovers and you LOVE puff pastry I have a recipe for you!

These easy apple turnovers are packed full of warm spices with just a hint of orange zest. You’ll love the combination!

Plus, it’s sort of a semi-homemade recipe because it uses my favorite pastry ever – puff pastry!

I have tried making it in the past but it’s much easier to hit up the store and buying it from there.

It’s a lazier way to make these turnovers but I’m all about the lazy when it comes to my dessert.

What is a turnover?

It’s a sweet or savory treat usually baked inside puff pastry or pie pastry.

Obviously, this one is made with apples and puff pastry.

They are the perfect on the go treat!

What is puff pastry?

Puff pastry is a light and buttery pastry.

It must be kept cold in order for the butter to stay cold so it puffs beautifully.

That’s why I like to make sure to keep the cut puffed pastry in the fridge while I’m making my first batch.

Can I use a different pastry for these apple turnovers?

If you’re not a huge fan of puff pastry you could easily substitute pie dough.

The end result won’t be as fluffy and crispy but you’ll still get a really great tasting turnover.

You don’t need to make any adjustments to the cooking time if you use pie pastry.

Can I use different fruit for these turnovers?

I mean, sure. But it won’t be an apple turnover.

For similar textured turnover options you could use pear or Asian pear.

How can I store these easy apple turnovers?

Store these apple turnovers in a air tight container or plastic zip top bag.

While our turnovers are typically gone pretty fast (2 days, maybe) you can keep them fresh for around 4 days.

Can I add any other flavors to these turnovers?

I really love the addition of vanilla bean paste or just a splash of vanilla extract.

You could also use lemon instead of orange.

And if you don’t have plain cinnamon and nutmeg in your spice pantry you could easily use apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.

Love these Easy Apple Turnovers?

Why not try a few of my other delicious apple desserts!

easy apple turnovers on a black plate

Easy Apple Turnovers

Yield: 8 turnovers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These easy apple turnovers are packed full of fresh apples, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and wrapped in puff pastry, and baked till perfection.


  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, diced into 1/2 inch dice
  • 3 tablespoon orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Turbinado sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add diced apple into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in orange juice and orange zest and toss to combine.
  4. Add in brown sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and kosher salt.
  5. Stir to combine.
  6. Flour a board and lightly roll each sheet of puff pastry to a 12 by 12-inch square.
  7. Cut each sheet into 4 smaller squares and keep chilled until ready to use.
  8. In a small bowl whisk together a large egg and water.
  9. Brush the edges of each square with the egg wash and neatly place about 1/3 cup of the apple mixture on half of the square.
  10. Fold the pastry diagonally over the apple mixture and seal by pressing the edges with a fork.
  11. Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  12. Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle the tops with Turbinado sugar.
  13. Make 2 small slits in the top of each turnover.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned and puffed.
  15. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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I know this is an old post, but I'm glad I stumbled here. I so agree with you about a whole generation (or two really) lost in the kitchen. I bake everything from scratch, with the exception of puff pastry. I buy it and I think that's a good exception because I would rather spend that time cooking the rest of the dinner from scratch. I don't like the food network much anymore because they don't teach anything. It's full of gimmicks and "celebrity food stars" instead of experts. So I applaud you speaking your mind. It's your blog. Happy cooking.

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Friday 12th of June 2009

yummmm.. love the fillings ye have used in ye turn over.. a must try.. love the idea very much.. love ye blog.. keep it up.. cheers!!

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Wednesday 10th of June 2009

I totally agreed with you about Sandra Lee! Don't be worried. These turnovers still look fabulous! I'm going to whip some up.


Wednesday 10th of June 2009

Thanks:) They really were fantastic. I hope you like them:)