If you have been looking for an elegant treat to add to your dessert table, these easy apple roses with puff pastry are just what you have been looking for! Made with fresh apples, cinnamon, sugar, and a light and flaky puff pastry crust, this dessert isn’t just eye-catching but mouthwateringly delicious. Serve them for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any occasion you want to impress your guests!
🌟 Why this is the best recipe
- It is the most delicious - This rose pastry recipe uses fresh, crisp apples sprinkled with a sweet cinnamon-sugar coating (versus apricot jam like many other recipes) to give it the best texture and apple cinnamon flavor.
- It is easy to make - This super simple puff pastry apple rose recipe does not require any unique ingredients or equipment. The most difficult part of this recipe is keeping the dough cold (which I will talk more about later)!
- It does not take much effort - This recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare, and the rest of the time is spent waiting for it to come out of the oven. In just an hour, you will have delicious apple roses to serve to your family and friends!
- It is the most detailed recipe - Unlike some recipes that speed through each step, this recipe shows you how to make apple roses with puff pastry while breaking down the science behind the baking process, ensuring you get the most delicious, bakery-style results.
- It is versatile - These baked apple roses with puff pastry can be easily customized with different fillings and toppings to satisfy your taste. See the Flavor Variations and Substitutions section for more ideas!
📝 Ingredient notes
- Puff Pastry - You can use store-bought puff pastry (such as Pepperidge Farm puff pastry, a popular brand) or my homemade rough puff pastry.
- Apples - Although you can use any variety of apples for this recipe, I recommend using Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, or Honeycrisp for their firm and crisp texture. Softer apples tend to fall apart while cooking.
- Water - When combined with the lemon juice, water creates a solution that helps prevent the apples from browning.
- Lemon Juice - The lemon juice helps prevent the apples from browning as well as balance the sweetness of the recipe. For the best results, use freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Sugar - Plain white granulated sugar will help sweeten the roses. To learn more about the different types of sugar and how to use them in baking, please read my sugar guide.
- Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a delicious complement to any apple dessert. It enhances the flavor and gives it a touch of spice!
🛒 You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the Recipe Card at the bottom of this post
👩🍳 How to make this recipe
1. Step-by-step process of apple roses
- If using frozen puff pastry sheets, take them out of the freezer to thaw. Make sure that they remain cold.
- In a small bowl, combine the water and the lemon juice.
- Cut the apples in half with the skin still attached. Then, remove the cores and cut the apple halves into very thin slices. Once cut, place them in the bowl with the water and lemon juice solution.
- Place the bowl with the apple slices in the microwave for approximately five minutes, until they become soft and flexible. Do not overcook! Next, remove them from the bowl one at a time. Use a paper towel to soak up the excess water.
- In another small bowl, mix the cinnamon and granulated sugar.
- Preheat the oven to 190C / 370F. Do not use a fan.
- Next, lightly grease each cavity of the muffin pan.
- Unfold one of the puff pastry sheets and cut it lengthwise into six strips.
- Place the "dried" apple slices on the pastry, overlapping as shown in the photo. Make sure that you place the skin of the slices a little out of the strip. Sprinkle the top of the apples with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Fold the pastry in half, covering the apples.
- Starting on one end, roll each pastry with the apples to the opposite end. Place each rolled apple puff pastry into the muffin tin.
- Follow 8-11 steps with the second puff pastry sheet.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes. After 15 minutes, cover the apple roses with foil to keep them from browning too much.
- Remove the baked apple roses from the oven and let them slightly cool for three minutes while still in the tray. Then, move them to a cooling rack to continue cooling before serving.
- Serve fresh, and enjoy!
💡 Top Tip: Cold puff pastry dough is important for the ease of working with the dough. If at any point the dough becomes too warm and sticky to manage, place it in the freezer or refrigerator for a few minutes to chill. Never force the pastry if it starts to get too warm.
🎓 Storage and Freezing
How to store?
Apple roses with puff pastry are best when served fresh and warm. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days. To reheat, place it in a preheated oven for 5-10 minutes or in the microwave for 15-20 seconds until heated through.
How to freeze?
Once completely cooled, wrap each rose well in plastic wrap and then place them in the freezer for up to two months. However, keep in mind that freezing puff pastry can affect the texture and may cause it to become soggy when thawed.
✨ Flavor variations & substitutions
With different fruit - Instead of apple filling, try this recipe with other sliced fruit, such as pears or peaches. You can also use fruit preserves. Try it with strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry preserves! You can also brush the puff pastry apple roses with apricot jam or apple butter before baking, as seen in other apple rose recipes.
Using different fillings - Skip the fruit filling and try your puff pastry apple roses with Nutella or my creamy homemade caramel filling to make sweet caramel apple roses.
With different spices - Swap out the cinnamon for other warm spices such as nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, pumpkin pie spice, or ground cloves.
With toppings - Add a delicious finishing touch to your apple roses with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce.
🎓 Expert tips
- Working with the puff pastry rather quickly is crucial to prevent it from getting too warm and sticky.
- Make sure to cut the apple slices into identical-sized pieces so that they cook evenly. Cutting the slices thin enough to be flexible enough to roll into the puff pastry is extremely important.
- Since the apples make the puff pastry wet, it may be necessary to increase the baking time a bit. To decrease some of its moisture, it is crucial to soak the excess juice from the apples with a paper towel before baking.
- When baking, be sure to check the bottom of the pastry to ensure that it is well-baked and a golden brown color.
🥣 Equipment Notes
To ensure the most accurate measurements and consistent results, use a digital scale to measure the ingredients. A digital oven thermometer is a helpful tool to ensure the correct oven temperature, as some oven models can vary by a degree or two.
You want to cut the apple slices until they are nearly translucent for the best results. A mandoline slicer or a sharp knife is a helpful tool to cut perfectly even, thin slices.
I do not recommend peeling the apples for this recipe. It will take the beautiful color away from the puff pastry roses.
Yes! You can assemble the apple roses a day ahead and store them in the refrigerator covered in plastic wrap until ready to bake.
This recipe is not gluten-free. However, you can easily make this recipe gluten-free by choosing a gluten-free puff pastry dough.
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US customary cup measurement is an indicative figure only. Measure the ingredients with a digital scale by weight (gram). Baking is art but also science which requires precision and accuracy.
- Thaw the puff pastry sheets (if using frozen), but make sure they are still cold.
- Prepare a bowl with the water and the lemon juice.
- Do not peel the apples. Cut them in halves, remove the cores, and then cut the apples into very thin slices. Place the sliced apples in the bowl so that they don't start to brown.
- Microwave the apples for about 5 minutes until the slices slightly soften (become flexible). Do not overcook. Once the slices are cooked, remove them from the water one by one and soak the exess water with the help of paper kitchen towels.
- Mix the cinnamon with granulated sugar.
- Pre-heat the oven to 190C / 370F (no fan).
- Grease 12 cavities of your muffin pan.
- Unfold one of the puff pastry sheets and cut each pastry lengthwise into 6 strips. Once the first sheet is done, do the same with the second sheet
- Arrange the apple slices on the pastry, overlapping one another, as shown in the process picture. Make sure that the skin side of the slices are a little out of the strip. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
- Fold the pastry in half to cover the apples.
- If at any point the puff pastry would become warm to handle, pop it into the freezer or fridge for a few minutes to chill. Do not force the pastry if it warms up.
- Starting on one end, roll the pastry and apples to the other end of the pastry, then place it into the muffin tin. Continue with the rest.
- Bake them at 190C / 370F (no fan) for about 45 minutes. Cover the apple roses after about 15 minutes to avoid them browning too much.
- Let them slightly cool in the baking tray for 3 minutes then move them onto a cooling rack.
- The apple roses are the best served fresh. Any leftovers can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days in an air-tight container.
- Cook the apple slices only until they become flexible.
- Work as quickly with the pastry as you can as over time, when the pastry warms, it will stick and would make it very difficult to handle.
- Check the bottom of the pastry - whether it is well baked.