Lisa Cancilla Recipe

Coconut Turnovers

By Lisa Cancilla lbrbt3

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Lisa's Story

My husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and found coconut turnovers at a local fish market in Koloa. We loved them so much!! I tried to find a recipe on-line but I couldn't, so this is what I came up with. My whole family loved them and I hope you do too!


2-7oz. bags of sweetened coconut
liquid sugar (simple syrup) 2c water and 2 c sugar reduced to half
2 boxs all butter frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
egg wash
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp. milk(optional: you could add some coconut and/or vanilla extract to the glaze. you will have to adjust the consistency accordingly)

Directions Step-By-Step

Caramelize coconut and liquid sugar in pan. Cook about halfway before filling pastry sheets. Do not over cook. Make sure the coconut is still wet and does not dry out.
Unroll the thawed pastry sheets onto a lightly floured surface, one at a time, and gently flatten creases with a rolling pin.
With a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 4 even squares. You should have 4 per sheet of dough.
Place 2 tbsp. of coconut mixture into the center of each square.
Seal on one side with some water, then fold in half to form a triangle and crimp the edges with a fork to close. Brush the top of the turnover with the egg wash.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
To make the glaze, combine 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2-3 tbsp. of milk in a bowl, adding the milk 1 tbsp. at a time until you have reached the thickness you want.
Once the turnovers completely cool, drizzle the glaze over them.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts

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David Brandon FRESHBAKEDIN48
Apr 10, 2014
Lisa, Hi, should I cook the coconut til brown ? About how long? These sound so good ,I love coconut. Thanks David
Gemi Ruffin gemiruffin
Nov 18, 2011
Ok thanks Lisa, I thought that might be it but wanted to make sure before I went ahead with my thoughts. Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings To You
Lisa Cancilla lbrbt3
Nov 17, 2011
Hi Gerri, it's simple syrup. Equal parts sugar and water brought to a boil and then simmered till it reduces some of the way.
Nov 4, 2011 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion group: COCONUT LOVERS UNITE
Gemi Ruffin gemiruffin
Nov 4, 2011
Lisa what is liquid sugar?