Apple Turnovers

Apple turnovers made from scratch using my all-time favorite pie crust!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 turnovers
Calories 375kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 2 batches pie crust dough (I recommend using my favorite easy pie crust, the recipe is easily doubled to make enough for this recipe)
  • 4 apples, peeled and diced into pieces no larger than 1/2" I recommend using a tart apple like Gala, Fuji, or Granny Smith, but just about any will work here! (about 1 3/4 lbs apples before peeling/dicing)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar tightly packed (135g)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (42g)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg + 1 teaspoon water for egg wash
  • 2 Tablespoons coarse sugar for sprinkling, optional

Vanilla Glaze


  • Preheat oven to 400F (205C)
  • Break your chilled pie dough into two pieces that are roughly the same size.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll one piece into a rectangle about 1/8" thick.  
  • Using a pizza cutter (or a knife and a straight-edge, such as a clean ruler), neatly cut dough int 4.5" squares and transfer to a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet (you will need to gather the scraps and re-roll them out to make all 10 turnovers).
  • Place squares on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and return to the refrigerator.  
  • Repeat rolling and cutting with your second half of pie dough.
  • Prepare your apple filling by combining your apples, brown sugar, and butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat.  
  • Stir frequently until butter is melted, then add cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt.  
  • Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool (at least 15-20 minutes) before proceeding.
  • Prepare egg wash by combining egg and teaspoon of water in a small dish and stir/scramble well.
  • Lightly brush the insides of your pastry squares with egg wash.
  • Portion about 2-3 Tablespoons of apple pie filling into the center of each square.  Gently fold over one corner to the other to envelope the apple filling. Use the tines of a fork to press and seal the turnovers. 
  • Brush the outside lightly with egg wash, cut small slits across to vent, and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  • Bake on 400F (205C) oven for 25 minutes, until pastry is beginning to turn golden brown.
  • Allow to cool before drizzling with glaze.

Vanilla Glaze

  • Whisk together powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. If mixture is too stiff to drizzle, add more milk, another teaspoon at a time, until a fluid consistency is reached.
  • Drizzle over slightly cooled turnovers.  Enjoy while still warm or allow glaze to harden before enjoying.


Serving: 1turnover | Calories: 375kcal