Fried Dessert Turnovers

A couple of thoughts about this delicious dessert:

We had a small debate about whether we should call these amazing creations “Turnovers” or “Ravioli”. We kept talking about them as Ravioli, but that implies pasta…and these contain no pasta. So we switched to “Turnovers” and it didn’t feel as fun anymore…so, in our hearts, we know these as Dessert Ravioli, but in reality, they are much closer to Turnovers… whatever they should be called, they are really fun to make and even more fun to eat.

We used two different fillings so that there was some variety. Half of our turnovers had a chocolate/macadamia nut/kahlua filling, and half of them had a fruit/mascarpone filling. The recipes for each are below, priced separately in case you only want to make one.

You can vary the filling endlessly. You could try hazelnuts and nutella, coconut and white chocolate chips, orange marmalade and chocolate chips, raspberries and white chocolate…anything! Have fun with this – we sure did.


First, you’re going to make some pie dough. You can use Pie Dough 1 , or you can follow Pie Dough 2.

Once the dough is rolled out, cut it into little circles (to make semi-circle shapes) or little squares (to make little triangle shapes). Whatever shape you are in the mood for…or do some of both!

For the filling, we made Chocolate/Macadamia Nut and Fruit/Mascarpone:

Chocolate/Macadamia Nut filling:

1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips      $1.00

2 tablespoons heavy cream                       $0.20

2 tablespoons Kahlua, optional*              $0.70

3/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped         $1.00  

Total Cost for Chocolate Filling (with Kahlua):     $2.90

Melt the chocolate chips in a glass bowl set on top of a saucepan of boiling water. Add the cream and stir. Add the chopped nuts and stir. Done.

Fruit/Mascarpone Filling:

1 cup frozen mixed berries, chopped**  $1.25

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese                         $1.50

1/4 cup sugar, or less if desired                  $0.10

    Total cost for fruit filling:                          $2.95

In a small bowl, mix the chopped fruit (**We just buy a frozen bag of mixed berries at Trader Joe’s. It has strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries and is only $2.99 for the whole bag.), add the mascarpone cheese and the sugar and stir to combine. Done.

Cut the dough into the desired shape (square or circle) and size (we made circles that were about 2 1/2 inch in diameter – beware the dough PUFFS up in the fryer.). Put about 1 teaspoon of the filling in the middle of the dough shape. Fold the dough over to create a pocket (work fast or the filling will escape!) and crimp the edges with a fork. Set aside and keep creating the turnovers until you use up all of your dough and/or all of your filling, whichever comes first!

Fry the turnovers in hot oil (we use peanut oil) until they are golden brown. Remove each turnover from the fryer, and place them on a plate covered with a paper towel (this will soak up any extra oil). Finally, sprinkle with powdered sugar and devour.

Some pictures before we devoured them:

(fruit on the left, chocolate on the right)




(above, fruit on the right)

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