Flaky Phyllo Apple Turnovers with Cream Cheese Glaze

These super easy phyllo dough turnovers are great when you’re craving sweet pastries for breakfast in a fraction of the time. Give them a quick cream cheese glaze and brunch is ready to serve!

Serves: 8Prep: 25 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 cups Granny Smith apples, diced and peeled
  • 2 1⁄2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 phyllo dough sheets
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet to a medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter. When butter has melted, add apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook apples, stirring frequently until soft and caramelized, about 4-7 minutes. Set aside.
  • Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Cut phyllo sheets in half lengthwise.
  • Take one sheet of dough and brush melted butter on top using a pastry brush. Cover with another phyllo sheet, brush with butter. Cover with one more sheet of phyllo and brush with butter. Place 2 tablespoons of apple filling on the left corner of the phyllo. Fold into a triangle. Keep folding the dough over itself to form a triangle until you get to the end of the sheets. Place seam-side down on greased baking sheet. Repeat until you've made eight turnovers.
  • Brush tops of turnovers with remaining melted butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the turnovers are baking, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk and vanilla. Slowly whisk in powdered sugar, whisking in between each addition until smooth. If glaze is too thick for your liking, add a touch more milk.
  • Transfer glaze to a resealable plastic baggie and cut the corner off. Pipe glaze onto turnovers.