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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
- For the Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry
- 1 recipe Perfect Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry, by Wicked Good Kitchen™
- 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®
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. Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com Copyright © Wicked Good Kitchen. All content and images are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words. Alternatively, link back to this post for the recipe.