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Looking for an old fashioned apple turnover recipe? Try my apple turnovers with cranberries for a delicious breakfast or dessert any time.

There is nothing more delicious with a cup of coffee or tea than a warm homemade turnover or pastry.

Apple turnovers collage with baking steps and finished recipe for apple turnovers.

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Apple Turnovers

You won’t believe how easy this recipe for apple turnovers is. It starts with homemade or pre-made pie crust so it literally takes just a few minutes to make a batch of these pastries.

You can have them ready for guests in no time at all. And it works well for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. 

What is a turnover?

A turnover is a type of pastry that is made up of pastry dough filled with fresh fruit or pie filling. In some cases, the filling is savory rather than sweet. 

Because the filling is baked inside the dough, they are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. Simply take one with you along with your coffee and you are all set.

Apple turnovers, one cut in half with the filling exposed laying across a full uncut apple turnover.

What you’ll need to make this recipe

For the ingredients you’ll need these items – find measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  • Pie dough
  • Pie Filling
  • Icing

For this recipe, we’re using pre-made pie dough and homemade filling and icing.

Ingredients to make apple turnovers

How do you make apple turnovers? 

To make this recipe for apple turnovers, you will need to follow these basic steps:

Make the apple cranberry homemade pie filling and allow it to cool.

Apples and cranberries in a pot to make pie filling for apple turnovers.

Make the pie crust and roll it out. Cut squares out of the dough, rerolling until all of the dough has been used. Once the pie filling is cooled, place a spoonful in each dough square.

Apple turnover filling place onto dough squares ready to be folded together to make handpies

Fold the turnover in half, crimp the edges, egg wash, and pierce the dough.

Apple turnover dough filled and folded into a triangle with the edges crimped, egg wash, and pierced for steam release while baking.

Bake until golden brown, cool completely, and drizzle with icing.

Apple turnovers fresh out of the oven, on a cooling rack and drizzled with icing.

How do you store apple turnovers? 

To keep these fresh for up to 5 days, place them in a container with a tightly fitting lid in the refrigerator.

Always place them in the back of the refrigerator where the temperature is the coldest for the best results.

Apple turnovers with apple cranberry filling and sugar icing.

Can you freeze apple turnovers?

Yes, you can freeze these either before or after they are baked. Simply place the unbaked pastries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze overnight.

Then, place them in a freezer bag until you want to bake them.

To bake them, place a frozen pastry on a cookie sheet and bake at 400F for 24 minutes.

To freeze them after they are baked, place them on a cookie sheet until frozen. Then, transfer them to a freezer bag. Enjoy them within two weeks. 

To reheat, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy. You can warm them briefly in the oven if you like.

Apple turnovers with cranberry apple filling, baked golden brown and drizzled with icing.

Can I use pie filling?

Yes, you can. This recipe uses homemade apple filling for the apple turnovers.

But, if you want to save time, you can use premade apple pie filling.

Or, you can use another flavor of pie filling if you prefer. Blueberry, cherry, or peach would be delicious as well.

More apple recipes

If you enjoyed these apple turnovers from scratch, you may want to try a few more of my apple recipes.

Homemade apple cinnamon cookies are a great way to celebrate fall. They are soft, tasty, and filled with apples just like grandma made.

These apple cookie crumb bars are one of our favorite after-school snacks. Try these snack bars with my homemade green apple jam.

Do you love getting creative with your apple pie dessert? Are you looking for another fun Easter dessert? Try this easy apple pie Easter egg dessert.

And of course, you must try my 3 ingredient apple jam!

Apple turnover handpies recipe

Apple turnovers with apple cranberry filling and sugar icing.

Apple Turnovers

Scrappy Geek
This recipe for apple turnovers is delicious and with added cranberry flavor, it'll be your new favorite apple turnover recipe!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • oven
  • Rolling Pin
  • Saucepan
  • Pastry brush
  • Fork
  • Mixing spoon


Apple Turnovers

  • 1 Package Refrigerated pie dough 2 rounds or use dough recipe of choice
  • 2 Cups Peeled and diced apples of choice We use Granny Smith or Honey Crisp
  • 1 Cup Dried cranberries
  • 3/4 Cup Light brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Egg Wash

  • 1 Count Large egg whisked with 1 tsp water


  • 1 Cup Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Milk Alternatively use half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon Clear vanilla extract


Apple Turnovers

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  • On a floured surface, roll pie crust to approximately 1/8 inch thick, cut into squares approx. 4½ x 4½ inches. Repeat with second crust. Re-roll any leftover dough, place all squares onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Place apples, cranberries, butter, and sugar into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Add flour and cinnamon and simmer over low for 4 minutes stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cool completely
  • Brush one side of each dough square with the egg wash
  • Place 2 level Tablespoons of filling onto center of each square. Fold over to make a triangle and crimp edges with a fork. Make slits in the top for steam to escape. Lightly brush the tops of each turnover with the egg wash and sprinkle the tops with sugar
  • Bake on center rack of the oven for approximately 20 min or until light golden brown
  • Remove from oven, cool completely, then drizzle with icing


  • Whisk powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth



  • Don't skip adding the egg wash to your pastry. It helps to keep the dough moist so that it doesn't crack while you cook it.
  • Be sure to crimp the edges tightly together so that the filling does not leak out of the seams.
  • Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking and to make cleanup easier.
  • If you freeze these to bake later, do not allow them to thaw before baking. If you thaw it, the bottom crust will be soggy.
  • Allow the turnovers to cool completely before you pipe on the icing. If you don't, the icing will melt and slide off the top.
These apple turnovers are perfect for breakfast and go great with your morning coffee.

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