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Cherry Turnovers make sweet little desserts for a spring or summer picnic. They are easy to put together with my homemade pie dough, your favorite cherry pie filling, and a yummy glaze. 

Making Cherry Turnovers for a Summer Picnic

When our daughters were young, I liked to prepare weekend picnics for our family. I’d spend the morning making chicken salad sandwiches or fried chicken along with potato salad, some fresh veggies, and some type of hand-held dessert. Cookies worked well, but Cherry Turnovers always caused all eyes to perk up and smiles to appear!

These turnovers are easy to make and pack and are just the right size for an after-dinner treat. They are very kid-friendly, both in preparation and for enjoying later! 

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Ingredients for Cherry Turnovers

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • vegetable shortening
  • cold water
  • cherry pie filling
  • Icing
  • powdered sugar
  • whole milk
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 375°F. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

In medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt.

Cut Shortening into Flour with a Blending Fork

Using a blending fork, cut in the vegetable shortening until crumbly.

Add the cold water in two parts until mixture forms a nice dough. Knead 3-4 times on a lightly floured surface. Pat into a ball and flatten.

Forming the Cherry Turnovers

Roll and Cut Circles in Dough
Making the Turnovers - Placing Filling on Dough

Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut out circles using a 5-6″ wide container or bowl.

Spoon a generous amount of cherry pie filling near the center of each circle.

I like to use canned pie filling as it sets up nicely when making the turnovers. Feel free to substitute other fruit fillings for variety. We love cherry, but blueberry works well, as would apple or peach, but those might require an extra can of filling to make a dozen turnovers.

Seal Turnovers Using a Fork

Using your fingertip, spread water around the rim of each. Fold dough over and crimp together with a fork to seal.

Place each turnover on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Snip a couple of small vent holes with scissors or a knife to allow steam to release.

The filling tends to escape during baking, so I prefer to use parchment paper to line my pans rather than a silicone mat for easier clean-up.

Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

Prepare the Icing

Mixing the Icing

To make the icing, in a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, whole milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix well.

Ice the Turnovers

Drizzle icing over each turnover and allow to set up before serving. This recipe will makes 12 turnovers.

Allow Icing to Set Before Serving

When the days start to turn warmer, plan a picnic for your family and include Cherry Turnovers for your dessert!

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Cherry Turnovers

Here’s a recipe I enjoy making for spring or summer picnics. They’re easy to pack, and just the right size for an after-dinner treat. Enjoy!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Serving Size 12

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Ingredients 

Basic Pie Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7/8 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 21 oz. Cherry Pie Filling

Icing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375℉. Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt.
  • Using a pastry fork, cut in the vegetable shortening until crumbly.
  • Add cold water in two parts until mixture forms a nice dough. Knead 3-4 times on floured surface. Pat into a ball and flatten.

Assemble the Turnovers

  • Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut out circles using a 5" wide bowl.
  • Place a generous spoonful of pie filling near center of each circle, about 1/4 cup.
  • Using your fingertip, spread water around the rim of each. Carefully, fold dough over and crimp with fork.
  • Place on parchment lined baking sheets and snip a couple of vent holes with scissors or a knife to allow steam to release. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

Prepare Icing

  • In small bowl combine the powdered sugar, whole milk, and vanilla and almond extracts. Mix well.
  • Drizzle icing over each turnover and allow to set up before serving. Makes 12 turnovers.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0.5mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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4 Comments

    1. Thanks Rhonda! I know what you mean. Just looking at the picture makes me want to make them again! LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, these turnovers are so delicious for a family picnic or get together, always a crowd favorite!