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For a fun and easy dessert idea for the Disney lover in your house, these cherry Mickey Mouse turnovers are sure to be a huge hit for any Disney fan!
Who needs a special occasion when these easy cherry turnovers are so incredibly easy to make? All you need is some frozen puff pastry, a jumbo Mickey Mouse cookie cutter, and some easy cherry pie filling.
I won’t tell if you want to cheat and use canned pie filling, but making the homemade cherry pie filling is worth it and only takes a few ingredients and a few (active) minutes to make.
Tips for making puff pastry turnovers
This recipe couldn’t be easier, but if you haven’t used frozen puff pastry before, there are a few things you will need to know for pastry success.
- Make sure it is completely thawed before starting to make your turnovers.
- Refrigerate the pastry sheets overnight or leave them out on the counter for at least 30 minutes, though I find that 40-45 is better.
- If the puff pastry is too warm, it can get a little sticky and hard to work with, so don’t leave it on the counter for longer than necessary.
- When spreading the pie filling on the puff pastry, it can look like you need more, but resist the temptation to overfill it. A little filling goes a long way.
- When you put the top on, the filling will spread and you need to be able to crimp the edges all the way around so the filling will stay inside while baking.
- When using a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, wiggle the cutter around to make a clean cut. Puff pastry doesn’t cut as easily as cookie dough, especially the warmer it is.
- If you choose to make a regular square or triangle turnover instead of a Mickey Mouse turnover, cutting the puff pastry with a pizza cutter is the easiest way to go.
Armed with these simple tips, you are well on your way to making easy and delicious turnovers (or other puff pastry dessert) any day of the week.
Cherry Mickey Mouse turnovers step by step
Gather the ingredients.
Scroll down to the recipe card for all of the ingredients and measurements.
Add frozen sweet cherries, sugar, lemon juice, almond extract, and vanilla extract to a saucepan. Stir to combine, then add the cornstarch slurry to the saucepan.
Cook on medium heat, pressing the cherries with the back of a wooden spoon as they cook. Once thickened, take the cherries off of the heat and let it cool to room temperature for about a half-hour.
Once the cherry mixture is cooled, cut out four Mickey Mouse shapes per sheet of puff pastry for a total of eight cutouts. If you don’t have a cookie cutter but want to make these pastries anyway, you can just cut the pastry into rectangles or triangles and it will be just as tasty.
Cover with the four remaining cutouts and crimp the edges closed with a fork going all the way around to be sure the top and bottom are together securely.
With a knife, cut a few small slits on top of the puff pastry so steam can escape.
Cover with egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees fahrenheit.
How to glaze puff pastry
While I chose not to glaze my turnovers, you certainly could with an easy to make sugar glaze.
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
Mix until combined, then drizzle over the top of the pastry with a spoon.
Can cherry turnovers be frozen?
Yes! Not that cooked turnovers will last long, because yum! But if you are planning to make these Mickey Mouse turnovers to freeze for later, put them them together and cook them for 15 minutes.
Allow the turnovers to cool completely before putting them in the freezer.
How to freeze cooked turnovers
Once the cooked turnovers are completely cooled, put them in a freezer safe container or freezer bag. They will store in the freezer for about three months. Do not glaze them before freezing.
How to freeze uncooked pastries
Once the Mickey Mouse turnovers are put together, lay them out flat on a baking sheet, and instead of putting them in the oven, put them in the freezer.
When frozen you can transfer them to a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to three months.
How to cook frozen puff pastry turnovers
If the pastry has been cooked before being frozen: When you are ready to cook the frozen puff pastries, allow them to thaw, brush on some egg wash, then bake them for 20-25 minutes.
If you want to glaze them, now is the time to do it.
If the pastry was frozen raw: When you are ready to serve the turnovers, you don’t need to thaw them. Arrange the frozen pastries on a baking sheet with parchment paper, brush with egg wash, then bake for 25-30 minutes.
- 1 box of frozen puff pastry (2 sheets)
- Egg wash (1 egg and about a tablespoon of milk or water)
- Sugar crystals
- 1 12-ounce bag of frozen sweet cherries
- ⅓ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 tsp lemon (or lime) juice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
- 4 ½ tsp cornstarch
- 4 ½ tsp water
- Pinch of salt
- Defrost puff pastry per package instructions
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees (Fahrenheit)
- Add the frozen sweet cherries, sugar, lemon (or lime) juice, almond extract, and vanilla extract to a saucepan to combine.
- Mix the cornstarch and water and stir to make a slurry then add the cornstarch slurry to the cherry mixture. Cook over medium heat
- until thickened, pressing the cherries with the back of a wooden spoon to smooth the mixture.
- Let cherry mixture cool to room temperature; for about a half-hour.
- Unfold two defrosted puff pastry sheets. With a jumbo Mickey Mouse cookie cutter, cut out four shapes, getting as close to the edge of the pastry sheet as you can. NOTE: for the last shape, you will have to gently stretch the puff pastry to cut out the fourth Mickey Mouse shape.
- Lay the four cutouts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Fill the cutouts on the baking sheet with cherry filling, being careful not to overfill them.
- Cut four Mickey Mouse shapes out of the second pastry sheet and place a second cutout on top of the filled ones and pinch the edges together with a fork. Repeat for the remaining turnovers.
- Brush each turnover with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar crystals if desired
- Bake on for about 25 minutes
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Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 pastry
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 12.8gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 131 mgmgCarbohydrates: 39.6gFiber: 1.7gSugar: 24.3gProtein: 4g
Whether it’s for a birthday breakfast, a Disney trip announcement, or a random Thursday, these cherry Disney turnovers are sure to put a smile on any face.