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Air Fryer Cherry Turnovers

These air fryer cherry turnovers are quick and easy.  Flaky puff pastry is filled with sweet cherry filling, baked in the air fryer, and then drizzled with a simple icing. They make a great breakfast or snack, and they are sure to become a favourite.

Cherry turnover cut in half on a wooden cutting board with 3 turnovers stacked beside it.

These flaky air fryer turnovers, filled with cherry pie filling, make a quick and easy dessert.  Topped with a simple sugar glaze, this sweet treat is perfect for an afternoon snack or quick breakfast. 

If you like these turnovers, you may enjoy air fryer blueberry hand pies or air fryer butter tarts.

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When I first got my air fryer I expected that I would be used mainly for french fries and hot wings.  While we use it for those items, we also use it for so much more.

Once you start thinking of your air fryer as a mini countertop oven, you start to realize that anything you can make in a conventional oven, you can make in the air fryer. And that includes delicious baked goods. The real advantage is that most things take considerably less time, and you don’t have to heat your entire kitchen.

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Turnovers

These easy cherry turnovers turn out perfectly light and flaky in only 17 minutes, and when baked in a conventional oven, they take closer to 30 minutes.

These turnovers start with a store-bought puff pastry. They are filled with prepared cherry pie filling to keep things super simple.  Then, it is as easy as sealing them and placing them in the air fryer to bake.  

When they are done baking, I drizzle mine with a very simple icing, but you can skip that part if you like.

Cherry turnover on a white plate

Ingredients

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

These cherry turnovers come together with just five ingredients.

  • Puff pastry sheets
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Egg
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk or cream

How to make air fryer cherry turnovers

  • Unroll the thawed puff pastry dough and cut it into 8 rectangles. 
  • Place approximately 2 tablespoons of filling on one end of each rectangle
  • On the same end that you place the filling, brush the 3 edges with beaten egg
  • Unroll the puff pastry sheet and cut it into rectangles. (Either 4 or 8, depending on the size of your sheet. My sheet was approximately 15×13 inches, and I cut it into 8)
  • Fold the unfilled end over the filling, then seal all 3 edges with a fork

Ensure you allow your puff pastry to thaw in the refrigerator before you try to unfold it, or it will crack when you try to work with it. 

  • Poke a few holes in the top of the turnovers then place them in the air fryer basket.  I like to spray mine with some non-stick spray or lay a small piece of parchment in the basket to make sure they don’t stick
  • Set the fryer to 320 degrees for 17 minutes.

Refrigerate any turnovers that did not fit in the air fryer while you wait for the first batch to bake. This will help ensure the puff pastry doesn’t melt and will give you flakier pastries. 

  • Remove the baked turnovers from the fryer and place on a cooling rack
  • Allow them to cool, then drizzle with icing 
Cherry turnovers on a cooling rack, a spoonful of icing being drizzled on top.

To make these more like traditional hand pies, swap the puff pastry for frozen pie pastry and reduce the cooking time to 8 minutes.

Oven Baked Cherry Turnovers

You can bake these turnovers in a traditional oven if you don’t have an air fryer.

To bake these cherry turnovers, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F for approximately 35 minutes.

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Top Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure the puff pastry is completely thawed but still cold when you begin. If the puff pastry sheets are frozen, they will crack as you unfold them. 
  • Ensure you crimp the edges well so you don’t lose too much filling. It is expected, however, for a bit of filling to leak out. Don’t worry, that chewy bit is delicious.
  • Place any prepared turnovers that you will not be baking immediately into the refrigerator until you are ready. If they are left out, the butter in the pastry will melt, and you won’t get that nice, flaky pastry.
  • Be sure to bake them long enough. You are looking for puffed, golden turnovers and a bit crispy on top. Under-baked turnovers will sink as they cool, and the pastry will not have those lovely, flaky layers.
  • Wait for the turnovers to cool before icing, or the icing will melt into the pastry. 

FAQS

How long will turnovers keep after they are baked?

They last about 2 days if stored in an airtight container. After two days they tend to get a bit stale. You can also freeze these to keep them longer. 

Why did my filling leak out of my turnovers while baking?

It is normal for some filling to seep out while baking. But if you find a lot of filling escaping, you may have overfilled the pastry or did not have a good seal between the layers. Try to keep the cherry from spreading to the edge when filling them for best results. A little bit is ok, but too much will prevent proper sealing.

A stack of 3 air fryer cherry turnovers

More Easy Air Fryer Desserts

Printable Recipe

3 cherry turnovers stacked on a small white plate

Air Fryer Cherry Turnovers

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Deanna

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Puff Pastry Sheets 1 large or 2 small sheets
  • 1 20-oz Can Cherry pie filling
  • 1 Large Egg beaten
  • 2 tsp Water

Icing Drizzle

  • ½ Cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Milk

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg with the water and set aside.
  • Unroll the thawed puff pastry sheet(s) and cut into 8 rectangles. My 1 pound sheet was approximately 15×13 inches and I cut it into 8, but some sheets are only half this size.
  • Place approximately 2 tablespoons of filling onto one end of each rectangle.
  • Brush the egg wash on the 3 edges of the pastry around the filling.
  • Fold the other end of the rectangle over the filling and press all 3 edges with a fork to seal. Poke a few holes in the top of each turnover with the fork.
  • Brush tops of turnovers with the egg wash.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray or line with a piece of parchment paper and place the turnovers in the basket.
  • Set the air fryer to 320 degrees for 17 minutes. Place any turnovers that did not fit in the basket on a parchment lined baking sheet and set in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  • Remove the baked turnovers from the fryer and move them to a cooling rack. Proceed to bake second batch if you couldn't fit them all in your fryer.
  • Once the turnovers are cool, drizzle with icing and serve.

Icing Drizzle

  • In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth.

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Cherry Turnovers
Serving Size
 
1 Turnover
Amount per Serving
Calories
293
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Sodium
 
99
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
42
g
14
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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