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This $5 Frozen Dessert Is the Best Thing Since Apple Pie

updated Nov 11, 2022
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Credit: Patty Catalano

Finding oven space to prepare an entire holiday feast requires expertise in logistics or, at the very least, a detailed spreadsheet. I’ve tried all of the tips and tricks, including inviting guests to contribute a side dish and making gravy in advance, but the strategy that’s helped the most is to think beyond the oven (and stovetop).

This year I’m using the grill to smoke the turkey and my slow cooker for the creamiest mashed potatoes. I will also reach for my air fryer to help make dessert the easiest part of the meal. This Thanksgiving, the one grocery you should buy for your air fryer is Pepperidge Farm’s Frozen Apple Turnovers.

Credit: Patty Catalano

What’s So Great About Pepperidge Farm Apple Turnovers?

Did you know that the freezer section holds the secret to the easiest apple pie? No, it’s not frozen pie crust — it’s frozen fruit turnovers! Apple pie is a Thanksgiving staple, and it’s even better the next morning for breakfast. And the folks at Pepperidge Farm make enjoying apple pie incredibly easy.

Each box is packed with four frozen turnovers made of flaky puff pastry and sweetly spiced apple filling. The pastries puff up and turn golden-brown in less than 15 minutes in the air fryer — no thawing or oven preheating required. Serve them with a cup of coffee in the morning or drizzle with a simple powdered sugar glaze (maybe with a little cinnamon mixed in for seasonality’s sake) for dessert after the main meal.

How to Cook Frozen Fruit Turnovers in the Air Fryer

Air-fry individual fruit turnovers straight from the freezer for 14 to 16 minutes at 350°F to 360°F, turning once halfway through. Depending on the size and setup of your air fryer, you may have to air-fry in batches to give the pastries room to puff.

What are you planning to air-fry this holiday season? Share your picks in the comments below.