Caramel Apple Turnovers

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

overhead image of caramel apple turnovers with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce

I had a bittersweet moment yesterday. I took my dog, 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. I threw a warm fleece over my lightweight t-shirt and braced the crisp air.

Fall is upon us. Sadly, that means goodbye to summer.

jude dog laying on the floor and sally with pink slippers

Luckily, it means hello to everything apple.

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 whip them up. 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. 🙂

caramel apple turnovers with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce

What I love about these turnovers is how simple they are. The hardest part is… nothing. There is absolutely nothing difficult about making these caramel apple turnovers! 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 into the center. Fold in a triangle. Crimp edges with a fork, then brush with beaten egg so they’re beautiful and shiny on top.

Like so:

2 images of hand cutting puff pastry dough and spooning apple filling onto pastry dough

brushing apple turnovers with egg wash before baking

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 cornstarch, chopped pecans, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and sugar. The pecans are completely optional. I loved the extra texture they gave to the gooey filling though!

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

…and it’s utterly amazing.

caramel apple turnover cut in half showing the inside

I like to eat them warm right out of the oven. Once they are done, I drizzle each with salted 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 irresistible turnovers. For breakfast, afternoon snack, or heck – even dessert with a huge scoop of melty vanilla ice cream. (Umm… yum.) 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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overhead image of caramel apple turnovers with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce

Caramel Apple Turnovers

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 turnovers
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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.


Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 small peeled & finely diced apples, any variety
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • optional: 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons pure 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 salted caramel for drizzling

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove from the oven and drizzle each turnover with caramel sauce before serving. Turnovers taste best on the same day, though you can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Baked turnovers can be frozen up to 2 months and thawed overnight in the refrigerator, then warmed up in the oven or microwave.
  2. Puff Pastry: See text above for the best way to thaw puff pastry for this recipe.

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Who else is ready for fall?

caramel apple turnover cut in half showing the inside on a blue plate

138 Comments

  1. Sally, these turnovers look fantastic! I love pre-made puff pastry. It’s so simple and easy to use, as you say. And yet, it also feel elegant at the same time. Perfect for whipping up an impressive breakfast or dessert in no time flat. can’t wait to try these out after we go apple picking! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I love how easy puff pastry is to work with too, Jamie. My mom uses it to make pot pies in the winter. It’s so versatile!

      1. can u freeze them ? raw or baked?

      2. That information is in the written recipe.

  2. I seriously can’t get over how amazing these look…yum!! I love fall. Sunday I had my first pumpkin caribou coffee treat…. there is just something about apples and pumpkin this time of year.can’t wait to try these…caramel and apple??? In a pastry? How can you go wrong! 🙂

    1. Your coffee treat sounds utterly delicious, Marti. 🙂

  3. These look SO good and so comforting. I love foods that make you feel warm and cozy! You are really good at bringing those to the table. 🙂

    1. Thanks Madison! These turnovers are definitely a comforting treat.

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I love apple turnovers! These look perfect 🙂

    1. Thanks Katrina!

  5. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Fabulous apple turnovers, girl! Love the ample caramel drizzles. I’m getting excited for fall. No crisp, cool air around here yet in Indy. You would think so, but mid-90s this week, eek! Thanks for sharing, m’lady. Pinning!

    1. Stay cool in that hot weather Stacy! It’s only chilly here in the mornings, but then it warms up in the afternoon. Anyway, thanks for pinning!

  6. I have been doing so much baking with caramel and apples these last 2 days! It is such an amazing combo. I love, love, love these turnovers! That flakey pastry and and the pecan filling are calling my name! Oh and of course a very generous drizzle of caramel!

    1. Cannot WAIT to see your caramel apple recipes Tieghan!

  7. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Turnovers are on my list to do, and does it get any better when they are apple and as flaky and beautiful as this?

  8. Abbie @ Needs Salt says:

    Wow, these turnovers are incredible! They look so delicious, and I love how you can use puff pastry to make just a small batch of these. And you drizzle your caramel sauce so perfectly! These are gorgeous.
    *sigh* Autumn is upon us, isn’t it? I hate to see summer go, but this season is amazing in it’s own way, and I’m excited for all the baking I’m going to be doing! 🙂
    Wonderful recipe!
    Pinned.

    1. I am very sad to kiss the warm summer days goodbye, but if fall means THESE turnovers, I am all for it. Thanks for the sweet comment and for pinning Abbie!

  9. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    What a sweet and delicious way to welcome apple season!

  10. Ruthy @ Omeletta says:

    So tasty! I can just see stuffing these with Honeycrisp apples, which are my all-time fave. I’m loving the chilly mornings and warm afternoons these days!

    1. I loooove honey crisps. They aren’t in their prime yet, but once I spot some good looking ones I will stock up for sure!

  11. Beatriz Bailey says:

    Can’t wait to make these for the family! My dad loves pastry!!

    Ps: I *need* those pink moccasins 🙂 LOVE them!!

    Thank you!

    1. My favorite slippers by far! So warm.

  12. Shelby S http://bellabakes.net says:

    These look like heaven! I can’t wait to try them and they look super easy! 🙂

    1. VERY easy, Shelby! Very.

  13. Cate @ Chez CateyLou says:

    Fall really is so bittersweet! It is my favorite season by far, but it is always sad to see the carefree lazy days of summer go. But food like these turnovers makes it so worth it! These look amazing – adding puff pastry to my grocery list!

    1. Cate, you must try these! Especially if you love the fall season so much. Enjoy!

  14. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen says:

    Mmmm, I can almost taste that caramel. I’ve definitely been getting into apples more recently as the weather turns cooler. Cold, not so much, but do they ever taste delicious when they’re warm, soft, and cinnamon-y!

    1. I hate the cold. I love the cool. 😉

  15. Gloria // Simply Gloria says:

    Oh. My. You’ve gotta love our bff…the puff pastry! I even have some in the freezer as I type. (We always have to be prepared!) Love caramel …more than chocolate. Especially in this case. YOu’re so creative and talented, Sally! Have a great rest of the week!

    1. In loooove with puff pastry these days! Hope you enjoy the rest of this Sept week too Gloria. xo

  16. These look absolutely wonderful Sally! Loving the fall season that is descending upon us!

    1. Me too, Nancy… me too!

  17. YUM! This makes me want to curl up with a caramel apple turnover, a hot cup of coffee and a good book! They look amazing, Sally 🙂

    1. Coffee + turnover + book = sounds like my kind of morning or afternoon!

  18. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant says:

    I love caramel apple anything, and these look incredible! Your post is making yearn for a chilly morning.

  19. My gosh… These look absolutely divine. Especially since I can eat caramel with anything hahaha… Totally craving turnovers right now *drool* Can’t wait to see your variations on these. I must definitely add turnovers to my foot-long “to-bake”-list!

    1. I can eat caramel with anything too. Total weakness! I have a pretty lengthy “to-bake” list as well. 😉 It never ends!

  20. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    Yes, these chilly mornings hit me like a ton of bricks this week too haha. So sad but I’m excited for all things Fall….and treats like these!! I made my first apple dessert this week…these may be next on my list 🙂

    1. I love apple desserts and baked goods. I’m glad you’re excited for the fall as much as I am Ashley!

  21. These look incredible! However, I have to say I am very jealous of your fall-like weather! It was 100 degrees here yesterday with the heat index feeling like 106 degrees. Today is supposed to be even hotter. These will be great someday when it cools down here in Arkansas!

    1. Oh gosh, Kara! Well if it makes you feel any better, it will be 90 degrees today. The weather can’t seem to make up its mind. Stay cool!

  22. Beth @ bethcakes says:

    I am so excited for caramel apple everything! It’s also still super hot here, but I don’t think I can wait much longer for recipes like this. 🙂

    1. I agree Beth – bring on the caramel apple everything!

  23. I had a feeling you’d love these Colleen!

  24. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate says:

    Now that fall is almost here I’ve been accumulating all the apple/pumpkin/harvest recipes I can find. These are perfect to add to the list and so simple with the store-bought puff pastry. I’ve made it from scratch too but it’s one of those things I’m not sure it’s worth the effort!

    1. I’ve been doing the same. I am even dreaming of pumpkin desserts these days. It’s bad!

      I’ve attempted puff pastry from scratch before too. And to be honest, I like the store bought stuff better. It’s easier too!

  25. Emily @ Life on Food says:

    The apple turnovers look good but I love love love the pink moccasins.

    1. Thanks Emily. 😉

  26. I adore the combination of apples and caramel – I would be very happy eating one of these!

  27. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    I love how quick and easy these are, and the small yield. These look incredible!

  28. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal says:

    I love apple turnovers as it is… but add caramel to that mix and I am ALLL over it. I love the combination, the perfect sign of Fall.

  29. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life says:

    I am so jealous of your crisp morning! I am so ready for sweat pants and cozy fall foods. (its like, 95 degrees here:( Like these. Wow, that filling looks so good, I bet I would eat it straight out of the pot. Thanks for the tips for working with puff pastry, I don’t use it very often. That might change once I try these – they look like the epitome of fall happiness!

    1. Ironically, it’s about 90 degrees here today. When Sunday morning it was about 60 degrees. You have to try these turnovers Mary Frances!

  30. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    I am so jealous it is getting chilly enough where you live to wear fleece. Maybe if I eat enough of these turnovers it will start to feel like Fall in Los Angeles.

    1. Hahahaha Nicole I’m laughing so loud “maybe if I eat enough of these turnovers…” lol

      Stay cool out there in LA!

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