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Air Fryer Apple Turnovers

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Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Cooking Temperature350 degrees Fahrenheit

The exact cook time can vary. Read below for our tips!

Craving a bit of sweetness, a bit of flakiness, and a whole lot of apple? Air fryer apple turnovers are what you should be making!

These turnovers are so easy to make with just a sheet of puff pastry, an apple, and some spices like ground cinnamon.

They turn out wonderfully flaky for the perfect handheld sweet snack or dessert!

three apple turnovers on wire cooling rack with beige cloth behind.
Air fryer apple turnovers are so easy to make!

Ingredients

ingredients to make apple turnovers on grey counter with labels.
The ingredients necessary to make these apple turnovers!

To make these air fryer apple turnovers with puff pastry, here are the ingredients that you will need. It’s a simple recipe, so there are not too many!

  • Apple – One apple, e.g. Granny Smith, Gala or Honeycrisp.
  • Granulated sugar – Some for the filling, some to sprinkle on top.
  • Ground cinnamon – For the filling.
  • Milk or egg – You can use either; to brush on the turnovers so they turn golden brown.
  • Puff pastry – One sheet of puff pastry, weighing about 7 ounces.

Recipe Tips

These apple turnovers are relatively easy to make, but be sure to read through these recipe tips so that if you have the same questions we did, you can find the answer before you bake!

  • Cover the puff pastry sheet with a damp kitchen towel when you’re not using it so it doesn’t dry out.
  • You can use different types of apples, but Granny Smiths work really well. If you use an apple that is already quite sweet, you may want to reduce the amount of sugar you add to the filling.
  • We don’t pre-cook the apple, so be sure to cut it into very small pieces.
  • Instead of granulated sugar, you can also add brown sugar to the filling.
  • Don’t overstuff the turnovers with the apple mixture as this will make them difficult to fold and close. Also, if they are overfilled, they may burst open during cooking.
  • You can brush the turnovers with either a little milk or egg to help them turn golden brown while air frying.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled if you want to make more turnovers – just air fry them in batches.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

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Step by Step Instructions

In this section, we’ll show you exactly how we make apple turnovers in the air fryer. The recipe process photos can help you along the way if you are a visual learner.

Otherwise, as always, the recipe card with cooking times and measurements can be found at the bottom of this post!

green apple cut into small pieces on wooden cutting board.
Cut the apple.

First peel the apple and remove the core. Then cut it into very small pieces. This is important, because we are not going to precook the apple.

If you cut the pieces too large, they won’t soften during air frying. Cutting them small, will also make it easier to fill the turnovers later.

apple pieces and spices like cinnamon sitting in white mixing bowl on counter.
Add the ingredients to a bowl.

Place the apple pieces, the sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.

You can also add a splash of lemon juice if you’re worried about the apple pieces browning – this is not necessary if you’re working quickly.

pieces of apple mixed in spices sitting in mixing bowl with silver spoon sticking out.
Mix well.

Mix until well combined.

sheet of puff pastry cut into four squares on grey counter.
Roll out the pastry sheet.

Next, sprinkle a little flour on your work surface. If needed, roll out the pastry sheet so it is 10 x 10 inches.

Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into quarters.

At this time also preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

squares of puff pastry filled with apple pieces sitting on grey counter.
Spoon some filling onto the squares.

Spoon a little apple filling onto one half of a pastry square, taking care not to overfill. If there was any liquid in the bowl, don’t transfer it to the pastry.

Flip the other half of the pastry square up and over the apple filling and press down. If it doesn’t stick, you can brush a little egg wash along the edges and press down.

blue tipped brush brushing milk on top of raw apple turnover dough.
Brush the tops with milk or egg wash.

Use a fork to seal the edges. Repeat with the other turnovers, then brush the tops with milk or beaten egg.

hand sprinkling sugar onto tops of raw apple turnovers on counter.
Sprinkle the turnovers with some sugar.

You can also sprinkle some granulated sugar on top, but this is optional.

raw apple turnovers in black air fryer tray on counter.
Air fry the turnovers.

When the air fryer is hot, place the turnovers in the air fryer – they should be in one even layer with no overlap. Cook the turnovers in batches if you can’t fit them all in at once.

baked apple turnovers sitting in black air fryer tray.
The turnovers should be golden brown.

Air fry the apple turnovers at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 11-13 minutes or until fully cooked and golden brown.

Flip them over halfway through cooking time for even browning. The exact cooking time may vary depending on your air fryer and puff pastry.

two apple turnovers on cooling rack one with bite out of it.
Enjoy your apple turnovers!

When done, remove the apple turnovers from the air fryer and place them on a cooling rack. Let them cool for a bit, then enjoy.

Storage Tips

These turnovers are best enjoyed warm and fresh out of the air fryer – just let them cool a bit.

Any leftovers can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature once they have cooled completely.

You can reheat them – just put them back in the air fryer at 280 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s the reheat setting on our air fryer) for a minute or two.

What to Serve Apple Turnovers With

Apple turnovers are great just on their own – but you can also serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream.

FAQ

Here’s an answer to a frequently asked question about making these turnovers in the air fryer:

How to make apple turnovers in the air fryer?

To make apple turnovers in the air fryer, cut and season the apple pieces. Then cut the puff pastry into squares. Place the filling on top of the pastry, then fold them closed and pinch the edges shut. Air fry at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 11-13 minutes, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides and the pastry is flaky.

Related Recipes

If you like these apple turnovers, here are some other sweet air fryer desserts that you can try out. Many of them are apple-based!

two apple turnovers on cooling rack one with bite out of it.

Air Fryer Apple Turnovers

Air Fryer Apple Turnovers are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth! Made with just apples, puff pastry, a little sugar and cinnamon, these flaky delights won't last long.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 turnovers

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, e.g. Granny Smith
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, for the filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sug, for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or one egg, beaten
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, 7 ounces

Instructions

  • Peel and core the apple. Then cut it into very small pieces.
    1 apple
  • Place the apple pieces, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix until well combined. You can also add a splash of lemon juice if you're worried about the apple pieces browning – it's not necessary if you work quickly.
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Next, sprinkle the work surface with a bit of flour. If needed, roll out the pastry sheet so it is 10 x 10 inches. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into quarters.
    1 sheet puff pastry
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place some of the apple filling on one half of a pastry square – be sure not to overfill. If there was any liquid in the bowl, don't transfer it to the pastry. Flip the other half of the pastry square up and over the apple filling and press down. If it doesn't stick, brush a little egg wash along the edges and press down.
  • Use a fork to seal the edges. Repeat with the other turnovers, then brush the tops with milk or beaten egg and sprinkle some sugar on top.
    1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon granulated sug
  • When the air fryer is hot, place the turnovers in the air fryer in one even layer without any overlap. Cook the turnovers in batches if you can't fit them all in at once.
  • Air fry the apple turnovers at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 11-13 minutes or until fully cooked and golden brown. Flip them over halfway through cooking time for even browning. The exact cooking time can vary based on your air fryer and puff pastry.
  • When done, remove the apple turnovers from the air fryer and place them on a cooling rack. Let them cool a bit, then enjoy.

Notes

  • Cover the puff pastry with a damp kitchen towel when not using so it doesn’t dry out
  • You can use different apples, such as Granny Smith, Gala or Honeycrisp. If you use an apple that is already quite sweet, you might want to reduce the amount of sugar you add to the filling.
  • We don’t precook the apple so make sure to cut it into very small pieces.
  • Instead of granulated sugar, you can also add brown sugar to the filling.
  • Don’t overstuff the turnovers with the apple mixture as this will make them difficult to fold and close.
  • You can brush the turnovers with either a little milk or egg wash.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled if you want more turnovers – just air fry them in batches.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 0.5mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine French
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Lisa is the founder and main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer over 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested lots of recipes for Simply Air Fryer.

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