Apple Hand Pies/ Turnovers



There are these apple pies you get at McDonald’s. I am not fond of their burgers, but the kids want to go there all the time for the kid’s meal, not for the nuggets but for the toy that comes with it. It is really frustrating, to say the least. Anytime we go to a mall, the kids scream for McD. I always say a “no” or put a timeline when they can have it again, but the HD always gives in to their requirements. So now, I try to not get any close to their outlet. πŸ˜€


OK, coming back to the apple pie, if there is something I love of their’s, then it is the pie. Crunchy puff pastry filled with hot cinnamony apple… so much deliciousness! I recently learned that “hand pies” are also called “turnovers”, but Google also tells me that that turnovers are sweet and hand pies are savory, though both are bite sized portions and are made with puff pastry covering. So I decided to keep both the names. πŸ˜‰ Whatever the term is, these are just too delicious and difficult to resist. I had it at the mild sweetness of the apples but if you like them more sweet, then do serve with a dusting of icing sugar, and even better, with a scoop of ice cream! But since it’s winter, let’s just have it warm, with our hand and a tissue below it, so that the apple filling does not ooze out and spoil our outfit! πŸ˜‰ Off to the recipe…




5 from 1 vote

Apple Turnovers/ Hand Pies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 300 gm puff pastry
  • 2 apples cored and chopped
  • 10 gm butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • Milk for brushing


  • Combine apples, butter, sugar and cinnamon and cook on low flame till the apples become soft but still holds shape.
  • Squeeze in the lime juice and allow to cool completely.
  • Thaw puff pastry as per pack instruction.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • On a floured surface, flatten up the puff pastry and cut into four squares. Spoon in some of the apple mixture and fold the pastry, closing at the edges tightly.
  • Transfer to the baking tray, brush well with milk.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or till golden brown. Have warm.


Make sure that the filling is not too fluidy. Use hard apples for this purpose.
This dessert is mildly sweet. You may dust with icing sugar before serving.
If you like a darker top, pass it through the grill option till it browns.

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  1. Have never been a fan of those fast food restaurants..homemade is so much better. These hand pies look so flaky and delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. Quick and satisfying dessert

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Veena…

  3. i too love these cute lil pies!!! You should try some with strawberries and cream cheese, dellliiccciiiooouss!!
    The aroma of cinnamon and apples cooking together is so mesmerizing!!! Best Festive Aroma!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am more leaning towards the strawberry custard combination, want to try that soon… Thank you so much Priya…

  4. Love apple turn overs…! but never tried it. Now I know that that this is so easy and yummy…!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya…

  5. Quick and delicious,looks yummy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Suja…

  6. Oh. These are my hubby s favourite da

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Tuma…

  7. ahh that picture is making me drool…I love it but rest of my herd is not a big fan so when we go out and if it is available I get to eat it…I wish u were my neighbor I could just drop in to have it ..he he

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa… hehe, if you come to Dubai anytime, I will make these for you…

  8. McD – not a fan at all. But when in India, try their veggie burger, that is the best. πŸ˜› Apple hand pies or turnover, anything with cinnamon, I will take it. πŸ˜›

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… you can eat that with piece of mind… πŸ˜› Thanks a lot Fami…

  9. 5 stars
    That looks lovely. I love apple desserts and I am sure this gonna be my favorite!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyanka…

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