melanie griffith’s macadamia, chocolate chip and peanut butter mini-turnovers

Melanie Griffith’s Macadamia, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Mini-Turnovers

2 cups smooth peanut butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup toasted and chopped macadamia nuts
2 sheets (one 17 1/4 ounce package) frozen puff pastry,
    thawed according to the package directions
1 egg, lightly beaten
Confectioners’ sugar for garnish (optional)
Mint sprigs for garnish (optional)
Vanilla ice cream as an accompaniment

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. If the turnovers are frozen, preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

In a bowl, stir together the peanut butter, chocolate chips and macadamia nuts until well combined.

Work with one sheet of puff pastry at a time. Lightly flour a work surface. Lay one sheet of puff pastry on the surface and gently roll it out in all directions to thin it slightly. With a sharp knife, cut the sheet into quarters, then cut each quarter into quarters, making 16 pieces total.

Center one teaspoon of filling on each piece of pastry. Fold the pastry on the diagonal to form a triangle. Press the open edges of the pastry closed. (At this point the turnovers can be frozen. Arrange in layers, separated by sheets of wax paper, in a freezer container.) Brush the top of the turnover with the beaten egg and place on a baking sheet.

Make more mini-turnovers with the remaining ingredient in the same manner and brush with the beaten egg.

Bake for 15 minutes. Bake the pastries on the baking sheet for five minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake for 15 minutes.

Serve at once, dusted with confectioners’ sugar and garnished with a mint sprig, with the ice cream.

Makes 32 mini-turnovers.