Orem Reads Recipe: Apple Turnovers

Orem Reads is Orem Public Library’s community-wide reading event. Please join us this year as we celebrate the American classic novel Little Women, beloved for 152 years. View more Little Women inspired recipes each Friday throughout September and October.


“These turnovers were an institution, and the girls called them ‘muffs’ for they had not others and found the hot pies very comforting to their hands on cold mornings. Hannah never forgot to make them, no matter how busy or grumpy she might be, for the walk was long and bleak.”  

Little Women by Louis May Alcott

Hannah, the March family’s maid and cook, is one of the most underrated characters in Little Women. I adore her influence on the March family and was thrilled to try and recreate her “muffs” or turnovers. I made mine as apple turnovers and that flaky crust was incredible. If you wanted to make it a little sweeter, you could try with the glaze but they wouldn’t serve as great handwarmers then. 🙂 This recipe can be found on Book Club Bites.  

Apple Turnovers


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 granny smith apples
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 puff pastry sheets

Glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Peel, core, and chop the apples to ½ inch cubes.
  2. In a skillet melt the butter on medium heat.
  3. Add the apples and cook 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring until the apples are coated and the sugar melts. Remove from heat.
  5. Cut one thawed puff pastry sheet into four squares.
  6. Add a heaping spoonful of the apple mix to each square, then fold the square over to create a triangle.
  7. Press the edges shut to seal. Use a fork to pinch the edges further.
  8. Cut a small hole into the top of the turnover to allow the turnover to breathe while cooking.
  9. Repeat with the second puff pastry sheet.
  10. Place turnovers on a greased baking sheet.
  11. Cook at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  12. For the glaze: Mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together in a bowl. Allow the turnovers to cool completely. Drizzle mix generously over the cooled turnovers.


*Keep puff pastry sheets cool until ready to use.
**Try to seal each turnover as well as possible to prevent the apple mix from leaking out. I added some of the leftover sugary liquid and it ended up spilling out anyway so I would just stick to filling it with the apples and whatever comes with that first spoonful.
*** I freezed the second batch of 4 to eat at a later date. Just put them in a freezer safe container before baking and thaw before cooking.

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