Jam-Filled Cheese Turnovers

October 22, 2014
4 Ratings
  • Serves Makes 12 to 15 turnovers
Author Notes

This is a treat that my Grandmother used to make. They are delicate, buttery, cheese pastries filled with sweet jam. And they fill the whole family with even sweeter memories! —Donna

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at cool room temperature (1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Thick fruit jam, for the filling
  1. Cut the butter into 8 pieces and place, along with the cheese and cream, in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse briefly to blend. Add the flour and a pinch of salt to the work bowl. Pulse again until the mixture comes together to form a soft dough. Remove the dough from the processor and shape into a slightly flattened disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F, with the rack in the center position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a thickness a little less than ¼-inch. Cut circles with a 3½ or 4-inch cutter and place on the prepared sheet. Gather the dough scraps together gently and continue to roll and cut circles of the pastry. If the dough starts to soften, replace it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  3. Place a scant teaspoonful of jam in the middle of each dough circle and moisten the edges with a little water. Fold the dough over to form a half-round shape, and seal the edges with the tines of a fork. Make a couple of steam vents with the fork in the top of each pastry turnover.
  4. Place in the preheated oven and bake, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until set and handsomely golden in color. Allow to cool before enjoying as the jam filling will be very hot!

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4 Reviews

Juliann D. June 29, 2016
I have made these for years :) every Christmas, it's a family favourite. These keep really well for a week or two refrigerated. I usually make a double batch and I have frozen them for a week or so - it keeps well.
Donna June 30, 2016
Thank you for your kind comment Juliann; It's always nice to have a batch of these treats in the freezer :)
Annie S. October 27, 2015
I love this idea! I will definitely make these. I was wondering how long they keep and could I overnight mail them?
Donna October 28, 2015
Thank you Annie, These little turnovers will keep for a day or two. As for the mailing, they will have to be very well wrapped as they are quite delicate. Hopefully the jam filling will keep them intact on their journey. Best of luck and let me know how it goes?