Coconut Turnovers

Lisa Cancilla


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 online but I couldn't, so this is what I came up with. My whole family loved them and I hope you do too!

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These coconut turnovers are divine. When you eat one, you bite into flaky layers of buttery pastry. It's filled with a moist, sweet, caramelized coconut center. The turnovers have a tropical flare to them and would be delicious for breakfast, dessert or a sweet treat. No one will ever need to know how simple they are to prepare.

Note: You'll want to cook the filling until about half the liquid is cooked out. It will look a little darker in color and be stickier, but shouldn't be brown. If it gets overcooked, add about 1 Tbsp of water to the warm mixture to bring back a moist consistency. The Test Kitchen


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20 Min
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2 bag(s)
sweetened coconut, 7 oz. each
liquid sugar/simple syrup, 2 c water and 2 c sugar reduced to half
2 box
all butter frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
egg wash


1 c
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.)

How to Make Coconut Turnovers


  • 1Caramelize coconut and liquid sugar in pan. Cook about halfway before filling pastry sheets (about 3-5 minutes). Do not over cook (you want the color to slightly change but not brown; the coconut should be sticky). Make sure the coconut is still wet and does not dry out.
  • 2Unroll the thawed pastry sheets onto a lightly floured surface, one at a time, and gently flatten creases with a rolling pin.
  • 3With a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 4 even squares. You should have 4 per sheet of dough.
  • 4Place 2 Tbsp of coconut mixture into the center of each square.
  • 5Seal on one side with some water.
  • 6Then fold in half to form a triangle and crimp the edges with a fork to close.
  • 7Brush the top of the turnover with the egg wash.
  • 8Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
  • 9To 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.
  • 10Once the turnovers completely cool, drizzle the glaze over them.

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About Coconut Turnovers

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #coconut, #Puff Pastry

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