Air Fryer Apple Turnovers

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These Air Fryer Apple Turnovers have a deliciously crunchy puff pastry shell with a warm caramelized apple filling wrapped inside.

Apple turnovers with one cut in half

These turnovers are the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe. With their ease of preparation and irresistible taste, I find myself reaching for this recipe time and time again.

Why You’ll Love It

  • You won’t be able to resist these super easy to make and incredibly aromatic fall pastries. The air fryer is great at making breads and pastries that have a golden, crunchy exterior. That’s why it excels at making these turnovers.
  • These turnovers are an ideal morning treat that effortlessly combines the flakiness of golden-brown pastry with the sweet, gooey goodness of apple filling. Imagine biting into layers of delicate puff pastry, each one delivering a delightful crunch that gives way to a luscious blend of cinnamon-infused apples.
  • Need a quick but impressive dessert or brunch item? These turnovers definitely fit the description. They’re so tasty and you can actually make them, start to finish, in under 20 minutes. You should also try substituting the apple for cranberry with this cranberry turnover recipe.

jen w says: 5 stars I was so surprised by how easy these were to make! Such a great breakfast treat.

» You might also like these Easy Air Fryer Baked Apples.

Ingredients You Need

Ingredients for apple turnovers
  • Apples – Buy apples that you like to eat, with a sweet, crunchy texture. The quality of the apples really makes a difference in the way the filling turns out. I use Honeycrisp apples.
  • Butter – I always use salted butter to add an extra boost of flavor.
  • Brown sugar – I use a light brown sugar that has a mild sweet caramel flavor.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg – These two spices add tons of warming spice flavor to the filling.
  • Lemon – A spritz of fresh lemon juice really brightens up the filling.
  • Puff pastry – This recipe needs just one sheet of puff pastry to make 4 turnovers. If you want to use both sheets, you can double the amounts for the filling.
  • Egg – Mix an egg with water to make an egg wash that will help seal together the ends of the pastry.
  • Powdered sugar, Cream, Vanilla – These three mixed together will make a nice sweet frosting drizzle for the turnovers.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit 2 apple turnovers at a time, but not 4. Give each once enough space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
  • Cooling rack: Once the turnovers are done, you’ll want to cool them quickly on a wire rack so the bottom doesn’t get soggy.
  • Pastry brush: It’s easiest to brush on the egg wash with a pastry brush. You can also use the back of a spoon or your fingers, if you don’t have a brush.
An apple turnover

Helpful Tips

  • Use good baking apples to make these. Some good ones to try are Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Cortland, McIntosh, and Jonagold. I always say, use an apple that you would enjoy eating. Avoid soggy, tasteless apples.
  • If you’re allergic to egg, you can spray the tops of the pastries with a light spritz of oil spray instead of the egg wash.
  • Be sure to thaw the puff pastry in the refrigerator over night before you use it. It shouldn’t be frozen when you use it or it won’t fold or cook properly.

How to Make Air Fryer Apple Turnovers

Step 1: Cook the apples

uncooked apple in a pot

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples and the butter. Coat the apples with the butter and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Cooking down the apple filling

Add the brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice to the pan. Stir and simmer for 3 minutes, until slightly caramelized. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Step 2: Fill the pastry

Spread out the puff pastry sheet and cut it into 4 squares.

Beat together the egg and water in a bowl.

4 apple turnovers open with filling in

Scoop 1/4 of the apple mixture onto each puff pastry square. Brush the egg wash around the edge of each square. Fold it over and press the edges to seal. Press the edges with a fork.

Step 3: Brush with egg wash

brushing the top with egg wash

Brush the tops of each turnover with the egg wash and use a sharp knife to cut three slits in the top.

Step 4: Air fry

Cooked apple turnover in the air fryer basket

Turn the air fryer on to 350° F(175°C) and preheat for 3 minutes. Place as many turnovers as you can fit without overlapping. Cook for 12-15 minutes in the preheated air fryer, just until the tops are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.

For the optional glaze, mix together the powdered sugar, cream and vanilla until smooth. Add additional cream to reach your desired consistency. Pour over the turnover before eating.

How to Keep Them Crisp

You want these apple turnovers to turn out super crisp and not soggy, and there are a few ways to ensure they do.

  1. Make sure the filling has cooled completely before putting into the puff pastry.
  2. Keep the pastry cold. Pull it out of the fridge right before you fill it.
  3. Preheat the air fryer so you’re putting the cold pastry into a hot air fryer.
An apple turnover with frosting

Questions About the Recipe

Can I use store-bought puff pastry for air fryer apple turnovers?

Absolutely! Store-bought puff pastry works wonderfully for air fryer apple turnovers. Simply thaw the pastry according to the package instructions, fill it with your favorite apple mixture, and then air fry for a delightful treat. If you want to try making your own puff pastry use this recipe.

What’s the recommended temperature and time for air frying apple turnovers?

For that perfect golden-brown crust and tender apple filling, preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) and cook the turnovers for approximately 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them, and adjust the time if needed, ensuring a flaky pastry and gooey apple center.

How do I prevent the apple turnovers from sticking to the air fryer basket?

To avoid any sticky situations, lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. This ensures that your apple turnovers easily release from the basket without losing any of their delicious filling.

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Apple turnovers with one cut in half

Air Fryer Apple Turnovers

These Air Fryer Apple Turnovers have a deliciously crunchy puff pastry shell with a warm caramelized apple filling wrapped inside.
4.9 from 32 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 481 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 medium apples peeled, cored, and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) brown sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 sheet Frozen Puff Pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) water

For the optional glaze:

  • 1/4 cup (30 g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7 ml) heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.6 ml) vanilla

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples and the butter. Coat the apples with the butter and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice to the pan. Stir and simmer for 3 minutes, until slightly caramelized. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  • Spread out the puff pastry sheet and cut it into 4 squares.
  • Beat together the egg and water in a bowl.
  • Scoop 1/4 of the apple mixture onto each puff pastry square. Brush the egg wash around the edge of each square. Fold it over and press the edges to seal. Press the edges with a fork.
  • Brush the tops of each turnover with the egg wash and use a sharp knife to cut three slits in the top.
  • Turn the air fryer on to 350° F(175°C) and preheat for 3 minutes. Place as many turnovers as you can fit without overlapping. Cook for 12-15 minutes in the preheated air fryer, just until the tops are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  • For the optional glaze, mix together the powdered sugar, cream and vanilla until smooth. Add additional cream to reach your desired consistency. Pour over the turnover before eating.

Notes

  • Use good baking apples to make these. Some good ones to try are Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Cortland, McIntosh, and Jonagold. I always say, use an apple that you would enjoy eating. Avoid soggy, tasteless apples.
  • If you’re allergic to egg, you can spray the tops of the pastries with a light spritz of oil spray instead of the egg wash.
  • Be sure to thaw the puff pastry in the refrigerator over night before you use it. It shouldn’t be frozen when you use it or it won’t fold or cook properly.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 6gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 237IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 2mg
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