The Best Apple Turnovers

May 26, 2017

It’s memorial day weekend, and of course it’s another excuse for me to make something apple pie themed. As you can tell by the recipe title, of course, I ended up making these mouth watering apple turnovers! Because apple pie has been around in America for quite a while, it’s been a traditional recipe that most people associate with USA holidays. In fact, in the first blog post I ever wrote on My Southern Sweet Tooth (which, sadly, doesn’t exist anymore), I mentioned one of my all time favorite cookbooks ever: The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook.

While I was flipping through the cookbook, I happened to stumble upon a beautiful apple turnovers recipe. Naturally, I had to put my own, slightly healthier twist on it (but only slightly). In these apple turnovers, I implemented coconut oil, whole wheat flour, and honey instead of sugar. As always, feel free to replace with those ingredients with anything you’d like.

I’m going to have to admit, these past couple of weeks have been crazy for me, so I’d like to apologize for being gone for for so long. Finals week is coming up in just a few days, we’ve been having some end-of-the-year festivities, and I’ve been completely swamped with afterschool activities. After summer starts (!!!), I’ll be posting way more consistently.

The Best Apple Turnovers - My Southern Sweet ToothAlthough the apple turnovers are super easy to throw together, the actual pastry dough take a while to make. I highly recommend making it in advance, so it’s easy to throw together a quick filling and pop them in the oven to bake.

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If you’re looking for more patriotic eats, I did a whole post last year about the Fourth of July that you could easily use this weekend. Hope this helps!

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These apple-pie-inspired classic apple turnovers are the perfect treat to celebrate any patriotic holiday. Although they take a while to put together, they are crunchy, flakey, and a traditional recipe that your guests are sure to love.
Serves: 16 turnovers
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 stick of cold butter, separated
  • ¼ cup cold coconut oil
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
Egg Wash
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat and all purpose flour. Add in both ¼ cup butter (half a stick) and coconut oil, and using your hands, work the ingredients into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly drizzle in cold water, and knead until a loose dough forms. Wrap with seran wrap and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  2. Roll dough into an 18'' by 8'' rectangle. Cut the remaining ¼ cup of butter in half, and then cut one of the halves into very thin slices. Place them on ⅔ of the rectangle, about an inch from the edges.
  3. Fold the unbuttered third of the rectangle over the middle, and fold the opposite end over top to make a 8'' by 6'' rectangle. Wrap and chill for 10 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough into another 18'' by 8'' rectangle, and repeat step three with the remaining butter. Chill until turnovers are ready to be made.
  5. While the dough is chilling, prepare the apple filling. In a small saucepan, cook apples, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, cornstarch, and salt over low heat, until apples are soft. Set aside to cool completely.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Roll out chilled dough into an 18'' by 8'' rectangle, and cut crosswise in half. Roll one of those halves into a 12 inch square, and cut into 8 equal triangles (cut horizontally, vertically, and diagonally). Chill the other half of the dough until later use.
  7. Place a small spoonful of apple filling onto each triangle, making sure not to overfill the turnovers. Fold the triangle in half, use a fork to seal the edges, and cut a small slit in the middle to allow air to escape while baking. Chill while repeating the previous steps with the other half of the dough.
  8. In a small bowl, beat together egg and water. Brush mixture over all 16 triangles, and bake for 22-25 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Sprinkle over some powdered sugar, and enjoy!
Adapted from the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

xx, Ashley

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  • Reply Daddy May 26, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Nice post! Looks very yummy!

    Great job! Ash.

  • Reply Abbey May 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    These look fab! I love small treats like this in summer where something big and heavy just doesn’t sound right.

    • Reply Ashley May 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Me too! <3

  • Reply Katie May 29, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Yum I want to try these! :)

  • Reply Sofie May 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    These look really good! Can’t wait to try them out :) xx

  • Reply Terra May 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    These look delicious, and I LOVE apples. Pinning for later!

  • Reply Ashley May 29, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Yum!! These look amazing!! My nana used to make the best apple turnovers! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  • Reply Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial May 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I love apple turnovers, and these looks delicious! I’ll have to try this recipe next time I bake!

  • Reply Kendel May 30, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Oh, drool! The weather is getting cooler here, so I’m craving sweet but comforting foods. THIS IS IT! YUM.

  • Reply Patricia May 31, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    These look amazing!! Apple turnovers are one of my favorites but I’ve never tried making them!

    • Reply Ashley June 1, 2017 at 9:13 am

      You should try! They’re a labor of love but they’re so good!

  • Reply Tayler Morrell May 31, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I love apple turnovers, apple pies, apple empanadas! Anything warm and apple and cinnamon, I love!

  • Reply Christine May 31, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I love apple in any kind of baking. These look so delicious! :)

  • Reply Bailey June 1, 2017 at 12:05 am

    These look so yummy! I can’t wait to make these this summer.

  • Reply Amanda June 1, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Yum yum yum!! These are the perfect snack and dessert for winter months! Big Apple fan here!

  • Reply Erica @ Coming Up Roses June 1, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I’m drooling…these look AMAZING!!! I’m tempted to stop working right this very second, actually, and whip up a batch. YUM!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Reply Stephanie June 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

    wow! these look incredible!

  • Reply Nicole Banuelos June 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I love apple turn overs! You did such a great job!

  • Reply Ray June 1, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    These look amazing, I will definitely be trying this 🙌🏾

    • Reply Ashley June 1, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Yes! Let me know how it goes :)

  • Reply jackie June 9, 2017 at 11:01 am

    these look amazing! i am going to try these for a 4th of july party! also your blog is beautiful i really love the clean layout and soft pinks.

    • Reply Ashley June 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      So glad you love my blog, Jackie! Let me know how those apple turnovers work out for you :)

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