Easy French Apple Turnovers made with puff pastry and baked in the oven! Simple enough for a weeknight dinner and elegant enough for company!

plate of french apple turnovers

Classic French pastries, chaussons aux pommes or apple slippers, these turnovers are perfect for a weeknight dessert. They are easy to put together and a little healthier than the Southern traditional fried apple pies. Using puff pastry, you make beautiful apple turnovers that bake in the oven and turn out pretty enough for company.

You can make these turnovers ahead of time and pop them in the oven while eating dinner. Serve with a little vanilla ice cream and you have a perfect, easy dessert for any time.

squares of puff pastry

Start with a sheet of thawed puff pastry and cut into four equal rectangles.

stirring apples for apple turnovers

Next, melt butter in a 12-inch skillet and add apple slices. Cook until softened, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt over the apples and cook for another minute or two. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, beat the egg with 2 tablespoons water, then lightly brush the edges of the pastry pieces with egg wash. Spread a couple spoonfuls of apple on one half of a piece of pastry, leaving the egg-washed border open.

placing apples on puff pastry

Fold the pastry half with no apples over the apples, long side to long side. Press and seal the edges tightly. Finish all four pastries and then transfer to a lightly greased large rimmed baking sheet.

sealing the turnovers

Brush the tops with remaining egg wash and sprinkle a little granulated sugar over each pastry. Bake until golden and puffed, 15-16 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

plate of finished French apple turnovers

Slightly adapted from Fine Cooking’s French Apple Turnovers.

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French Apple Turnovers

An easy apple turnover that’s perfect for a weeknight dessert.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed and cut into 4 equal rectangles
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large sweet apple, such as Gala or Honeycrisp, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 large Granny Smith or other tart apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Melt butter in skillet and add apples, stirring frequently until softened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Cook for another minute or two. Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg with 2 tablespoons water. Lightly brush the edges of each pastry piece with egg wash.
  • Spread apples on half of each pastry piece. Fold over the empty pastry half, and press and seal the edges tightly.
  • Place the pastries on a lightly greased large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15-16 minutes, until puffed and golden.



Serving: 4servings, Calories: 466kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 4g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 301mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 16g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Calories: 466
Keyword: easy apple turnovers, French apple turnovers, puff pastry apple tarts
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