Easy mini turnovers made to look like a football and filled with your favorite filling. An easy 4-ingredient Superbowl party dessert everyone will enjoy!
Are you looking for a fun, delicious dessert you can serve at your next football or Superbowl party?
Let me just say… you NEED to make these super easy mini turnovers that look like a little football.
They’re not only cute but so good. They taste like Arby’s turnovers and they’re so easy to make. Everyone will love them!
HOW DO YOU MAKE MINI TURNOVERS?
These mini turnovers only require 4 items to make! TOUCH DOWN!
Frozen puff pastry dough and store-store bought pie filling make this recipe sooo easy.
If you’d like to skip to the full printable recipe and directions at the bottom of this post, click HERE.
First, remove the puff pastry dough from the freezer. If left at room temperature, it takes about 30 minutes to thaw enough to use. Make sure you don’t let it get too warm otherwise the fat in the dough will melt prematurely. If this happens, your turnovers will be dense instead of light and flaky.
Next, cut the dough sheet into 9 equal squares. Then add 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling to the center.
PRO TIP #1: If using a pie filling with larger fruit pieces such as apple, cut into smaller pieces no more than 1/4 inch or so. I cut the cherries in half. This makes it easier to fill and seal as these turnovers are mini.
Carefully fold diagonal corners together to form a triangle shape. If there is too much filling you will not be about to seal the turnover.
To seal the edges of the puff pastry, use a fork. Press firmly but not through the dough. As the puff pastry cooks it will expand and the crimped edge will act as a lock.
Next, place mini turnovers on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Whisk an egg (or egg white) then using a pastry brush, brush the top of each mini turnover.
PRO TIP #2: You can add a few drops of water to the egg wash. This will thin the wash and make it easier to brush onto the mini turnovers. The egg wash acts as a browning agent. It helps the mini turnovers get a beautiful golden-brown crust.
Up next, bake ‘um. As you can see, some of my turnovers “popped.” but they still tasted amazing.
SIMPLE VANILLA ICING:
While the mini turnovers are baking, make some easy homemade icing (or you can use store-bought icing).
I like to use a really simple homemade vanilla icing. It only takes a few minutes to make and only requires a few ingredients: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons cream (or milk if you don’t have cream) and 1 teaspoon vanilla. I like to add vanilla for a little extra flavor and richness.
Once the mini turnovers have baked and cooled, add the icing.
This is where it gets fun.
For a Superbowl or game day party, have some fun and make these mini turnovers look like little footballs by piping the icing to look like the laces of a football.
AN AWESOME SUPERBOWL PARTY DESSERT:
Seriously, these will be a touch down at your next Superbowl or game day party.
These mini turnovers are so good. The puff pastry is light and flaky. the filling is sweet and tart. The icing is sweet and creamy. All in all, these little desserts will make for a very big WIN!
WHY DID MY TURNOVERS “POP?”
This usually occurs when the turnover is overfilled or edges aren’t “crimped” well enough.
As you can see, several of mine “popped” open during baking. I had little helpers, need I say more. 😉
Nevertheless, they tasted amazing and everyone enjoyed them!
IF YOU LIKE THIS RECIPE, YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE:
- Classic Eclairs
- Easy Reuben Bombs
- Pepper Relish Cheese Spread
- Easy Salmon Appetizer – Keto-friendly
- Honey Cinnamon Glazed Pecans
ARE YOU THROWING A SUPERBOWL PARTY? WHY DO YOU WATCH THE SUPERBOWL? IS IT FOR THE GAME OR COMMERCIALS?
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE AND DIRECTIONS:
- 1 17.3oz box frozen puff pastry (2 sheets)
- 1 18-21 can pie filling (cherry, apple, blueberry, etc), cut into small 1/4 inch chunks
- Egg wash, 1 egg and a few drops of water whisked together
- Simple Vanilla Icing, store-bought or homemade (1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 Tbs cream or milk)
- Thaw puff pastry according to box instructions.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cut each puff pastry sheet into 9 equal squares (3x3)
- Add 1-2 tablespoons pie filling to each square. Fold diagonal corners to form a triangle.
- Using fork tines and crimp edges to seal.
- Place 9 mini turnovers onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Brush tops with egg wash.
- Bake at 400°F for 15-18 minutes or until turnovers are golden brown.
- Let cool completely (at least 30 minutes), then pipe simple vanilla icing on top.
- For easy cleanup, use a ziploc bag or disposable piping bag with a 1/4 inch hole cut in the tip to pipe ice onto turnovers.
- To add a fun game day touch, pipe a long straight line of icing with a few shorter lines perpendicular to it. This will make your mini turnovers look like a mini football.
- Bake in two sessions. If you prepare all turnovers at the same time, bake half immediately and place the other half in the fridge until you're ready to put them in the oven. This will ensure that the fat in the puff pastry dough will stay cold (which allows the dough to bake up light and flaky).