Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers {gluten free}

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Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfreeA Christmas Breakfast Treat Made Easy!

Easy glazed turnovers made from scratch with cream cheese pastry, a cheesecake-like filling with homemade or store bought cranberry jam. Perfect for Christmas breakfast or brunch!

Remember those incredibly easy and tasty pastry recipes, Perfect Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry and Gluten-Free Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry, I shared with you this past summer? And, remember the recipe I shared for those super simple yet scrumptious Cherry Hand Pies with Gluten Free Option? Well, this special holiday breakfast treat recipe idea was borne from those tart cherry hand pies with flaky pastry but made seasonal with homemade (or store bought) cranberry jam and made turnover style!

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Our Cranberry Spice Jam pairs beautifully with the cheesecake-like filling, the flaky cream cheese pastry and orange glaze to create homemade from scratch Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers that rival cherry hand pies! I kid you not. Just like cherries, cranberries offer a burst of tart and sweet berry flavor.

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

And, the good news? Those who must follow a gluten free diet can make fresh piping hot from the oven fruit-filled flaky turnovers! Don’t believe me? Well, read the comment I woke up to on Thanksgiving Day from S. Harris regarding my recipe for Gluten-Free Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry:

“This pastry dough is amazing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Truly a life changer. I know that seems a bit over the top but I’m really not joking. It’s taking all my inner strength not to write this whole review in caps. I have been cooking gluten free for my family for about 3 years now and pie crust has always been a big let down; many recipes are edible, but this one is seriously the BEST pastry I have ever tasted, gluten free or not. Thank you from the bottom of my aching-for-good-pastry-dough heart. I actually cried the first time I tasted it. I’ve used this for sweet and savory applications (minus the sugar and vanilla) and have found it to be virtually fool proof and quite versatile. Even the rolled and re-rolled pieces are tasty and flaky. I have some chilling in the fridge right now….I’m about to go bake a couple pies for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner but I wanted to stop and let you know how much this recipe means to me first. Thank you. THANK YOU!!! I love you. Okay, maybe that’s taking it too far, but I DO love this pastry dough! One more thing, please (please, please, PLEASE!) keep developing gluten free recipes, as yours are truly some of the best I have ever tasted.”

Wow! How is that for an endorsement? Don’t take it from me. Take it from my reader, S. Harris. She loves our recipe for Gluten-Free Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry. So, those of you who think you can no longer enjoy flaky pastry as a part of your gluten free lifestyle, like our Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers, or our Cherry Hand Pies, think again!

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Don’t be shy about cream cheese pastry, y’all. In fact, novice bakers will be successful with this pastry dough as it is very forgiving and harder to “overwork” like regular pie pastry dough. When making the gluten free version, it is even more foolproof as there is no gluten to “over develop” to make a tough crust. You just cannot go wrong here!

BONUS: When the components are made in advance, these turnovers are a breeze to prepare on Christmas morning! For example, I even pre-cut my pastry (as shown below in the step-by-step images) and keep the dough triangles layered with wax paper on a small cookie sheet covered tightly with plastic wrap. Who needs prepared pastry dough in a can from the refrigerator case at the grocery store when homemade is so much better?

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

When I was test baking these beautiful turnovers, I once again received high praise from The Big Lug. When he arrived home, he said, “Mmm. Smells like Pop-Tarts in here!” Haha! Anything I bake with berries and buttery pastry seems to always smell like Pop-Tarts to him! Men. Ya gotta love ‘em.

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

As a recipe variation, I tried a Cran-Raspberry version of turnovers by adding a couple (2 to 3) tablespoons of seedless red raspberry jam to 1 cup of our Cranberry Spice Jam. They were divine! So there is an option for the cran-raspberry fans out there.

By the way, my sincere apologies the jam looks like Concord Grape versus Cranberry Spice Jam or Cran-Raspberry Jam as the day was very overcast when these photos were taken. I really wished and prayed hard for sunshine to illuminate the beautiful ruby-red cranberry jam!

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

What makes our recipe for Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers wicked good? Sumptuous homemade fillings, made with a cheesecake-like filling and homemade Cranberry Spice Jam that tastes like Christmas from the spoon. An easy to prepare tender yet flaky cream cheese pastry with just the right buttery richness you would expect in a darn good pie. In fact, these turnovers are reminiscent of tart cherry pies! With a gluten free option as well as make ahead tips, this recipe is aces. Simply irresistible. Finally, did we mention easy? Yes, the component recipes are incredibly easy. Just perfect for Christmas breakfast or brunch! What’s not to love?

Whip up a batch of these fresh-from-the-oven fruit-filled turnovers this holiday season. You and your family will be so happy you did!

Oh, be sure to check out the Visual Step-by-Step Tutorial below the recipe.

Bon appétit!

xo,

stacysig

 

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers {gluten free}

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: Makes 16 turnovers.

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers {gluten free}

What makes our recipe for Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers wicked good? Sumptuous homemade fillings, made with a cheesecake-like filling and homemade Cranberry Spice Jam that tastes like Christmas from the spoon. An easy to prepare tender yet flaky cream cheese pastry with just the right buttery richness you would expect in a darn good pie. In fact, these turnovers are reminiscent of tart cherry pies! With a gluten free option as well as make ahead tips, this recipe is aces. Simply irresistible. Finally, did we mention easy? Yes, the component recipes are incredibly easy. Just perfect for Christmas breakfast or brunch! What’s not to love?

Ingredients

  • For the Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry
  • 1 recipe Perfect Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry, by Wicked Good Kitchen™
  • Or…
  • 1 recipe Gluten-Free Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry, by Wicked Good Kitchen™
  • For the Cheese Filling
  • ½ cup (4 ounces/113 grams) chilled cream cheese, such as Philadelphia®
  • 6 tablespoons (46 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • For the Cranberry Spice Jam Filling
  • 1 recipe Cranberry Spice Jam, by Wicked Good Kitchen™
  • For the Egg Wash
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) water
  • For the Icing Glaze
  • 1 cup (125 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh squeezed orange juice or milk
  • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®

Directions

Prepare the Cheese Filling: Measure and sift confectioners’ sugar and set aside. Using an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or handheld mixer and large bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until well blended and smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula. At this point, the Cheese Filling can be covered tightly and kept refrigerated for up to two days.

Prepare the Egg Wash: In a small bowl or prep bowl, whisk egg and water together until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

Meanwhile, arrange oven racks to lower and upper thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Prepare the Turnovers: Remove pastry dough from refrigerator, but leave the wrap on, and allow to soften at room temperature until pliable, about 12 to 15 minutes. Prepare work surface and rolling pin by dusting with flour. Unwrap dough; divide in half and flatten each half into a disk if not already done when preparing pastry.

Place one disk on floured work surface. Roll pastry dough out thinly into round circle about 12-inchs in diameter and 1/8-inch thick. Rotate dough often while rolling and add extra flour to surface as necessary to prevent sticking. With a sharp knife or pizza wheel, cut each circle into 8 pie-shaped wedges. With a pastry brush, brush away any excess flour from wedges. At this point, the pastry wedges can be layered between sheets of wax paper on a cookie sheet, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, and kept refrigerated for up to two days.

Spoon 1½ teaspoons of Cheese Filling onto wide end of each dough triangle; spread slightly with icing spatula. Next, spoon 1 tablespoon cranberry jam on top of Cheese Filling. Gently roll up turnovers in crescent roll-style. Place 8 turnovers onto each prepared baking sheet and gently brush tops with egg wash.

Bake turnovers on bottom and top racks in preheated oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rotate the sheets and bake until golden brown and filling is bubbly, about 10 to 12 minutes longer. Transfer to wire racks to cool for 30 minutes. While turnovers are baking, prepare the Icing Glaze.

Prepare the Icing Glaze: Into a small bowl, sift confectioners’ sugar. Add juice or milk and vanilla; beat until smooth with wire whisk. (The glaze should be thin enough to drizzle or paint on pastry using pastry brush.) With a pastry brush, brush glaze over the tops of slightly warm turnovers. Let stand until glaze has set, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Tips:

When preparing the Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry, divide dough in half and flatten into two disks before wrapping and chilling. This will save time in lieu of dividing chilled dough and the disks will be reading for rolling after softening.

Keep Icing Glaze covered with plastic wrap until ready to use. This will keep it from drying out and an undesired crust from forming.

Turnovers will keep at room temperature in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Leftovers can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator and can be re-crisped in 350°F. preheated oven until heated through. If you plan on leftovers, leave turnovers unglazed; then glaze upon reheating.

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Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

Glazed Cranberry-Cheese Turnovers by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy cream cheese pastry turnovers made with cheese & jam filling! #glutenfree

About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. These turnovers look delectable!
    And your photo…GAWSH! That one where you are brushing the turnover with the glaze had me drooling so bad I needed a napkin!
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    • Aww…thank you, Shashi! I was disappointed in the natural light availability this particular day of shooting. Really wanted that natural light to get the jam glowing ruby-red! Thank you for the compliment, my friend. Have a great week ahead!

  2. Yes, please! I adore little pastry cookies like these. Cream cheese pastry is always so light and tender, and yours looks delightful. I bet the cranberry filling is an absolute delight. Nice job on the step by step, too! Congratulations and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Oh goodness these turnovers look amazing! All the glazed pictures have me craving for one of these! Yummy! Have a great holiday!
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  4. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    wow…..we got hooked to these little treasures….you are such a talented chef our friend…we have never been able to make cheese crusts these golden and fabulous before…but now with this recipe we definitely are going to win over our problem….after trying out the cherry hand pies on your blog …we were happy campers and this one with cranberries in it…just right for the holidays…..will make brunches so much more special,thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  5. Stacy, this looks so amazing! I love turnovers and these little babies would make a fabulous treat on Christmas morning. Thank you for sharing this recipe, pinned. If I don’t see you next week, Merry Christmas to you and The Big Lug! xo
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  6. What an awesome review! You are the gluten-free queen 🙂 I want these turnovers right now!
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  7. Phenomenal post showcasing your talent, Stacy. These turnovers look too good to be true!!

  8. These turnovers look amazing Stacy! They sound so good with the cranberry jam, cream cheese and icing glaze! Perfect for indulging on over the holidays 🙂 Hope you are enjoying your holidays so far and had an amazing Christmas sweetie! xo

    • Thank you, Kelly! You and your family will love these turnovers. They taste like Christmas! You are right…just perfect for breakfast during the holidays. Enjoy your Christmas holiday vacation, my friend! 🙂

  9. Beautiful turnovers, they look so flaky and I love your homemade filling!
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