Puff Pastry Apple Roses Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat!

Closeup on an apple rose
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
12 servings

Last minute party? Make these impressive puff pastry apple roses for the perfect sweet treat to add to your dessert table! With little prep time and just a few ingredients, these apple roses come together quickly and make for a fun activity for the kids as well. I’ve used Red Delicious apples, but any red apple (such as Snowflake apples) will work here.

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large Red Delicious apples
Tbsp lemon juice
cup apricot jam or preserves
sheets (657g) puff pastry, defrosted and cut into 2 ¼-inch wide strips
Tbsp granulated sugar
tsp ground cinnamon
Icing sugar, for dusting


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

Core and thinly slice the apples to about ⅛-inch thickness, using a knife or mandolin.

Thinly sliced apples on a cutting board
Step 3

Add the apples to a large bowl, pour over the lemon juice and cover with water. Microwave for 3 minutes to soften the apples so they’re easy to roll without breaking.

Step 4

Spread about 1 teaspoon apricot jam on 1 strip of puff pastry.

Step 5

Arrange the apple slices over the top half of the pastry, overlapping slightly, and with the skin side sticking out of the pastry by about ½ an inch.

Step 6

Sprinkle about ¾ teaspoons of sugar and a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon over the apples and jam.

Apples arranged on puff pastry
Step 7

Fold the bottom half of the pastry up, to meet the top edge of the pastry. The rounded apple tops should be peeking out and not covered by the pastry.

Step 8

Roll the pastry carefully to create the rose effect, and lightly press to seal the edges.

Step 9

Repeat with the remaining pastry, until there are 12 roses.

Step 10

Lightly grease a muffin pan and place one pastry rose in each cavity.

Apple roses in a muffin tin
Step 11

Bake until golden around the edges. Cool completely before dusting with icing sugar.

Baked apple roses in a muffin tin

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