These Air Fryer Cranberry Turnovers have a deliciously crunchy puff pastry shell with a delicious warm cranberry filling, perfect for a chilly fall day.
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 cranberry turnovers. I love how easy it is to make these.
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 cranberry for apple with this apple turnover recipe.
Ingredients You Need
- Cranberries – Buy fresh cranberries whenever possible. If you can’t find them, you can use frozen cranberries, but don’t use cranberries from a can.
- Sugar – Granulated white sugar is what we use in this recipe. You can use a sugar substitute too if you want. I typically use allulose.
- Water – You’ll need water to boil the cranberries to make 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, and vanilla – These three mixed together will make a nice sweet frosting drizzle for the turnovers.
- Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit 2 cranberry 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.
How to Make Air Fryer Cranberry Turnovers
In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, add all the ingredients and stir together. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Once boiling, reduce heat to medium. Simmer uncovered until cranberries have split open and reached your desired consistency, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
The filling should be at room temperature. If it’s hot when you use it, it will melt the pastry layers, which will affect the pastry’s ability to rise and puff.
The best way to ensure that your puff pastry cooks through and is fluffy is to preheat the air fryer and use cold puff pastry, straight from the fridge. You’ll also score three holes in the pastry you’ve folded it, to allow steam to escape while it cooks.
Spread out the puff pastry sheet on a cutting board and cut it into 4 squares. You can roll it out a little if you want a thinner crust. I sometimes will roll it out enough to make 6 smaller squares. That’s your choice.
Beat together the egg and water in a bowl.
Scoop some of the cranberry filling onto each puff pastry square. You don’t want to fill them too much or they’ll leak, but enough that the inside is nice and full. You could start with just one to see how it folds with the amount of filling you used, then fill accordingly for the rest.
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 small slits in the top.
Turn the air fryer on to 350° F and preheat for 3-5 minutes. Puff pastry depends on even heat to rise and puff. Place as many turnovers as you can fit without overlapping. I have a 5.5-quart Ninja Max XL air fryer and it can fit 2 in the basket at a time. You might be able to fit more or less.
Cook for 12-15 minutes in the preheated air fryer, just until the tops are lightly browned and the pastry looks crispy and pufed. 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 cranberry turnovers to turn out super crisp and not soggy, and there are a few ways to ensure they do.
- Make sure the filling has cooled completely before putting into the puff pastry.
- Keep the pastry cold. Pull it out of the fridge right before you fill it.
- Preheat the air fryer so you’re putting the cold pastry into a hot air fryer.
Tips & Suggestions
- Pastry should be chilled before baking (so the buttery layers remain separate). A hot air fryer allows the layers to rise.
- 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.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
- I use a Ninja MaxXL air fryer (pictured left). If you don’t have an air fryer yet, check out these options to find one that fits your needs.
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- Here’s a printable Air Fryer Cooking Times Cheat Sheet to get you started.
- Click to find more recipes to make in your Air Fryer.
- Learn how to make fun things in the air fryer, like potato wedges, pork belly bites, and chicken wings.
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Air Fryer Cranberry Turnover
- 3 ounces (85 g) fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
- 1/4 cup (59 ml) water
- 1 sheet Frozen Puff Pastry
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
- 1/4 cup (30 g) powdered sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon (7.4 ml) heavy cream or half and half
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.6 ml) vanilla
- In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, add all the ingredients and stir together. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to medium. Simmer uncovered until cranberries have split open and reached your desired consistency, about 10 minutes. 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 some of the cranberry 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 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.
- Make sure the pastry is cold when you start out.
- Preheat the air fryer for 3-5 minutes so it’s hot when you start cooking.
- You can double or triple the recipe depending on how many you want to make.
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.
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Laura is a passionate foodie and owner of Air Fry Anytime She is dedicated to sharing delicious recipes and helpful tips for using air fryers at home. With years of experience in the kitchen and a love for healthy, flavorful cooking, Laura has become an expert at using air fryers to create amazing meals that are both nutritious and delicious.