There’s nothing more quintessentially American than Mom’s apple pie. Inspired by the iconic cinnamon-scented apples encased in buttery crust, we created “perfectly portioned” turnovers in a quarter of the calories by swapping the traditional double crust for puff pastry sheets.

Apple Pie Turnovers
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Recipe type: Desserts
Makes: 24 Mini turnovers
  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 red apple, peeled, cored, and diced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice (may use ground cinnamon)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sugar (optional)
  1. Position the oven racks 3 slots apart, and preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Place apples, sugar, apple pie spice, lemon juice, and salt in a sauce pot over medium-high heat.
  3. Whisk the cornstarch into the water, and stir into the pot. Bring up to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover, and let cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove cover, and simmer for an additional 4 minutes to thicken the apple mixture further. Let cool.
  5. Unroll 1 sheet of puff pastry, and use a pastry cutter to cut 3 lines vertically by 4 lines horizontally to create 12 rectangles. Use a floured rolling pin to roll these rectangles about ⅓ larger, pushing the rolling pin away from you to roll the rectangles into more of a square shape. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry.
  6. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of the apple filling in the center of each pastry square. Brush the edges of the pastry with water, fold over, and press hard to fully seal. Use a pastry cutter to trim any uneven excess to make perfectly folded triangles.
  7. Transfer the filled turnovers to the prepared baking sheets, and brush the tops with the beaten egg. Make a ¼-inch-thick cut in the center of each to vent. Sprinkle coarse sugar over each, if desired.
  8. Bake for 12–14 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Perfect Portion Apple Pie Turnovers
Serving size: 1 turnover Calories: 100