Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers
Homemade Apple Turnovers. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 5-8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
251 Calories
15g Fat
29g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5-8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 251
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 201mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 1g
Calcium 42mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These turnovers are one of my favorite apple desserts, and they're sure to please the whole family. I made 5 large turnovers, but you could cut smaller squares and get 7 or 8 smaller turnovers.


  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 medium apples (peeled, cored, and diced)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons cold shortening
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for sprinkling)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a saucepan, mix together the brown sugar and cornstarch until blended. Add the apples, butter, and lemon juice. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until apples are softened and mixture is thick, about 8 to 10 minutes. Refrigerate to chill thoroughly.

  2. In a food processor, mix the flour, salt, and 1 teaspoon sugar.

  3. Add the 6 tablespoons of cold butter and 2 tablespoons cold shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. You should still have some pieces of butter or shortening about the size of a small pea. Add 3 tablespoons ice cold water and mix until it begins to stick together. Add a little more, in very small amounts, if needed. Remove, shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Remove the dough and roll out to a sheet about 12 to 14 inches square. Cut into 4 5-inch squares and use scraps to make another square of circle for a 5th turnover.

  5. Put about 3 tablespoons of the chilled apple mixture on each square. Moisten the edges with a little water, fold over, and seal lightly with tines of a fork. Prick in a few places with a sharp knife or fork to allow steam to escape.

  6. Heat oven to 375°.

  7. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar the last 5 to 10 minutes.

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