Caramel Apple Turnovers.

These flaky turnovers are so easy to make. Simply stuff with homemade cinnamon apple filling and generously top with caramel sauce. 

Easy Caramel Apple Turnovers - one of the easiest recipes I've made. These are a must try!

I had a bittersweet moment yesterday.  I took Jude out for his early morning walk and after 2 minutes of being in the fresh air, I had to rush back inside to change from my beloved flip-flops into my fuzzy moccasin slippers (pink, of course).  I threw a warm fleece over my lightweight t-shirt and braced the crisp air.

You guys, fall is upon us.  Sadly, that means goodbye to summer.

Jude + Slippers

Luckily, it means hello to everything here. Yum.  

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy the warm flavors of fall any time of the year.  I had dreams of making today’s turnovers back in the spring but decided to wait until the weather cooled down to actually make them.  I’m kicking myself for waiting so long; these buttery, flaky turnovers are INCREDIBLE.  I mean… look at them.

Literally dripping with caramel and oozing with sweet apples. Perfectly enjoyed after a chilly morning walk. They’ll make you feel all warm and cozy inside. :)

Seriously good (and easy!) Caramel Apple Turnovers

What I love about these turnovers is how simple they are.  The hardest part is… nothing. There is nothing difficult about making today’s recipe.  It all starts with a package of thawed puff pastry.  Puff pastry is very easy to work with. In its raw form, it’s similar to pie crust. When baked – it’s magically airy, flaky, and puffy. Layers upon layers of buttery goodness.

The trick here is to thaw the puff pastry for about 2 hours. But do not let it get too warm or it will be hard to work with. An easy way to do this is to put the frozen puff pastry in the refrigerator before going to sleep. In the morning, the pastry will be thawed, but still cool.

There are typically two sheets of puff pastry in a standard box. Unfold the two sheets and lay them flat. Cut each into four squares. Spoon the filling on top, leaving about 1 inch diameter around the edges.  Fold in a triangle. Crimp edges with a fork.

Like so:

Learn how to make Caramel Apple Turnovers in less than an hour. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The filling is made from two small peeled and chopped apples. I used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Pink Lady apple. Any variety will work.  You’ll cook down the apples with 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup sugar. The pecans are completely optional. I loved the extra texture they gave to the gooey filling, though.

I get my love of sweet pecans from my mom. (Hi mom!)

Allow the filling to cool and slightly thicken after it cooks down. I usually prepare the filling about 20 minutes before unrolling the puff pastry.

Caramel Apple Turnover filling

After you fill the puff pastry squares and fold them into triangles, brush the tops with a beaten egg and cut 2 or 3 small steam vents.  Now it’s time to bake them.  They are very quick in the oven – only about 20 minutes.  No need to flip them.

The cinnamon-y apples will leak onto the baking sheet…

…and it’s utterly amazing.

Easy Caramel Apple Turnovers

I like to eat them warm right out of the oven.  Once they are done, I drizzle each with caramel sauce.  I used the same caramel recipe from these cinnamon rolls.You could also use store bought caramel sauce or your favorite homemade caramel.  There is nothing quite like the combination of caramel and apples, especially this time of year!

If you have about an hour to spare, do yourself a favor and make these luscious turnovers. For breakfast, afternoon snack, or heck – even dessert with a huge scoop of melty vanilla ice cream. (Umm… yum.) You’ll fall in love with the pillow-y, flaky crust and the warm cinnamon-spiced apple filling tucked inside.   I can’t wait to make a few different variations!

Don’t want to use puff pastry?  Use my favorite pie crust to make individual hand-pies with this filling instead.

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Caramel Apple Turnovers

Easy, buttery, and incredibly flaky turnovers stuffed with gooey cinnamon apples and generously topped with caramel sauce. My favorite way to start a cool, crisp fall morning.

Yield: 8 large turnovers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

Filling

  • 2 small peeled & finely diced apples, any variety
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Pastry

  • 1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, thawed*
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce for drizzling*

Directions:

Make the filling. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the apples, cornstarch, pecans, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar.  Stir constantly for 5 minutes.  Switch to low heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool off for 20 minutes.

Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mats.

Prepare the pastry: Unroll the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly floured surface. Cut each into 4 squares.  Spoon 2-3 Tablespoons of apple mixture onto the center of each square.  Fold each over into a triangle shape and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. See photo above for visual. Some apple juices may leak out.

Lightly brush the top of each turnover with beaten egg.  Cut 2 or 3 small steam vents in the tops. Bake each batch for 20 minutes until golden brown.  Rotate the pan halfway through bake time to avoid uneven browning.

Remove from the oven and drizzle each turnover with caramel sauce immediately before serving.  Turnovers taste best on the same day, though you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Unglazed, baked turnovers may be frozen up to 2 months and thawed overnight in the refrigerator, then warmed up in the oven or microwave.

Sally Says

*See text above for how to appropriately thaw puff pastry for this recipe.

*You may use your favorite caramel sauce for the topping - store bought or homemade.

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121 Responses to “Caramel Apple Turnovers.”

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    Bouillon de Notesposted October 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    What a sweet delicious variation for pleasure, thank you, the week-end will be good:)

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    Jolieposted October 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe! I just discovered your blog, and I’m so happy I did! I made these turnovers over the weekend and my family went nuts for them! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 29th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Jolie! I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed these turnovers. Aren’t they easy? Let me know what you make next!

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    Kellyposted November 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    This was the first recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction that I have made (I made them yesterday), and they were a HUGE hit! I received many “ooohs” and “aaahs”. And they were SO EASY to make! (but I didn’t tell anyone… that will remain my little secret). I also made the caramel sauce, which I have heard is a very tricky process, but I followed the instructions and timing exactly as the recipe said, and it was some of the best caramel I’ve ever had. Thanks so much for this recipe! I will for sure be making this one again.

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    • Sallyreplied on November 10th, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Kelly, thank you. I really appreciate you reporting back! And that you loved my recipe. Yes, they’re so easy!

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    Kristinposted January 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Do you have a preference of pastry puff that you use? Have you ever made homemade pastry puff? If you have- I’d love the recipe! And if you haven’t you should! Making these right now… can’t wait to try them! I want to eat the apple filling out of the pan it smells amazing.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 21st, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Hey Kristin! Yes, here is my homemade danish pastry recipe. I typically use it for pastry braids, though it would work wonderfully as a homemade alternative here: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/homemade-danish-pastry-dough/

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      • Kristinreplied on January 23rd, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        I’m going to try to make the pastry myself next time, thanks! And these came out amazing! It’s tough to eat just one

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