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. These are sure to become a favourite.
When I first got my air fryer I expected that I would be used mainly for french fries and hot wings. While we do use it for those items, we also use it for so much more.
I have been experimenting a bit with baking in the air fryer and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well it does.
These easy cherry turnovers turn out perfectly light and flaky and they bake in just 17 minutes.
These turnovers start with a store-bought puff pastry. To keep things super simple they are filled with prepared cherry pie filling. 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.
How to make air fryer cherry turnovers
- 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)
- 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
- Fold the unfilled end over the filling then seal all 3 edges with a fork
Make sure 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
If you want to make these more like traditional hand pies, you can swap the puff pastry for frozen pie pastry.
How long will these turnovers keep after they are baked?
I found that these last about 2 days if stored in an airtight container, after that they do tend to get a bit stale. You can also freeze these in order to keep them longer.
Why did my filling leak out while baking?
It is normal for a bit of the filling to seep out while baking. But if you find that there is a lot of filling escaping, then you may have overfilled the pastry, or did not have a good seal between the layers. For best results, try to keep the cherry from spreading to the edge when you are filling them. A little bit is ok, but too much will prevent proper sealing.
I don’t have an air fryer. Can I bake these turnovers in the oven?
Yes you can. To bake these cherry turnovers in the oven instead of an air fryer place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degree for approximately 35 minutes.
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Air Fryer Cherry Turnovers
- 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
- 1/2 Cup Powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp Milk
- 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.
- In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth.