Gluten-Free Apple Turnovers

Published on Oct 23, 2020

  by   Kristina Stosek

18 reviews

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Serves: 8
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Freshly made from scratch Gluten-Free Apple Turnovers. There is nothing better than homemade pastries. The flaky pastry is filled with an amazing fresh apple cinnamon filling and kids love them! 

The shortcrust gluten-free pastry is light, slightly crispy, and perfect for bubbly, buttery fresh apples lightly dusted with cinnamon and fresh lemon juice filling.

3 gluten-free apple turnovers

Sometimes you long for freshly baked sweetness, and this ticks all the boxes! These Gluten-Free Apple Turnovers are insanely delicious!

FAQs about apples

apples in a crate


Apples are a popular fruit that many people enjoy eating. However, there are still some things about apples that many people do not know.

Are apple nutritious?

There are many reasons why apples are healthy. They are a good source of fiber, which can help with digestion and keep you regular. They are also a good source of vitamins A and C and potassium. Additionally, apples contain antioxidants, which can help protect your cells from damage.

Why do kids love apples?

Apple is one fruit that most kids love, especially with cinnamon like the apple cinnamon chips. Here is why.

  • they are sweet and juicy
  • they all taste a little different and have various textures
  • easy to eat on the go
  • they come in a variety of colors

best apples for baking

When it comes to baking, there are a few different types of apples that you can use. For example, Granny Smith apples are great for pies because they hold their shape and don’t turn to mush when cooked.

Other good options for baking include Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, and Rome apples.


baked gluten-free apple turnovers on a cooling rack

Apple Season Is The Time For Gluten-Free Apple Turnovers!

With the apple season is in full force, what better reason than to bake something sweet and delicious that the entire family will love. Apple turnovers are something I grew up with and loved, especially warm right out of the oven.

My grandmother always made them for me whenever I visited her, but she used the classic store-bought chilled puffed pastry.

I tried some store bought frozen gluten-free apple turnovers, and honestly, I couldn’t eat them. Another apple dessert you may enjoy is the Gluten-Free Breakfast Apple Yogurt Cake.


gluten-free apple turnovers sliced showing the apple filling


The weather is cold and rainy here on the west coast, so what better way to spend the day than baking fresh Gluten-Free Apple Turnovers? This apple turnover recipe has been on my list of things to do for a long time. So, today is the day!

start with the gluten-free sweet pastry

First, I made the gluten-free sweet pastry. To give you an idea, this gluten-free pastry texture is something between shortcrust and puff pastry. 

the cinnamon apple filling

This part was super easy. The fresh apple chunks are briefly cooked in a buttery, cinnamon sauce with fresh lemon juice. The filling is sooo good! The cinnamon apple filling and sweet pastry are a perfect combo.

step by step assembling apple turnovers

assembling the apple turnovers

The next part is assembling the Apple Turnovers. First, let me stress that when you work with pastry dough, it has to be cold. You want to have small pieces of butter in the flour.

The butter is what gives the flakiness to the pastry. The dough is rolled out into two squares and then cut into four more squares.

Now add the filling to half the square and seal the pastry. I found it a lot of fun making the apple turnovers, and tasting the apple filling lol.


gluten-free apple turnover cut in half


As with all gluten-free baking, these pastries are the best when fresh and slightly warm. I like to warm them in a hot oven for a few minutes for that freshly baked texture for leftovers.

You can also reheat the pastry in the microwave for about 15 seconds, which is almost as good. Finally, if you want to make the Gluten-Free Apple Turnovers a special dessert, heat them and top them with vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy!

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Meet Kristina. Passionate about creating delicious, innovative gluten free recipes, and author of two gluten free cookbooks, “Entertaining The Gluten Free Way” and “Small Bites The Gluten Free Way”.

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Andie, in this apple turnover recipe you can use coconut milk (not canned) or rice milk. I don’t know about the coconut milk yogurt? Sorry

Andie Glasgow

Since I'm dairy free, would coconut milk yogurt work as a replacement?


Yes Ray, bring them to room temperature before baking

Ray Elisseos

Can I make these and freeze them, and bake at a later date when needed.


thank you Kathy for sharing!


I made these for the 4th of July weekend, everyone loved them! I didn't have any sour cream on hand so I substituted with plain Greek yogurt 2%. It seemed to be fine.


be careful when you measure your flour! It is important when you measure the flour to lightly fill the measuring cup with a spoon and then level it off with a knife. I found that often many people dip the measuring cup into the flour. This will give you more flour than you need making the pastry too dry. Thank you for sharing


My first experience with baking....I think I could be a vontrtstay on "Nailed It". Pastry was too dry which made the fill and fold kind of a nightmare. I'll mix it up richer next time.


I just made these and they turned outstanding!!! Thank you ☺️


Thank you Cathy for letting us know, you made my day!!!!


I made this recipe today and it was to die for! I added a bit of vanilla to the filling, as that’s my preference. The dough was easy to work with, I rolled it between two pieces of parchment because I was afraid of it sticking but it was nice and sturdy. It baked up soft and flaky without any gumminess. I was really impressed! This recipe is ten-stars in my book, thank you for this!

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