Easy Baked Apple Roses Recipe (video)

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These gorgeous baked apple roses made with puff pastry and apple butter are so easy to make! They’re perfect for fall and Thanksgiving! Not only are they eye-catching and pretty, they’re also very delicious. These apple roses are made with thinly sliced apples arranged onto strips of store-bought puff pastry coated with apple butter. The pastry and apples slices are rolled to create the beautiful rose shape.

After baking, the roses are coated with a simple sugar syrup to keep them looking pretty and glossy. These apple pastries make for a great dessert, or midday treat!

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Ingredients for Making Apples Roses

You’ll need just a few ingredients to make these easy, baked apple roses at home. Find the full list of ingredients in the printable recipe card below.

  • Puff Pastry: I recommend using the Dufour puff pastry brand; I get mine at Whole Foods. It’s extra buttery, flaky and rises quite nicely.
  • Apples: any variety of firm and crisp apple will work great. I used sweet gala apples; Granny smith will also work well.
  • Apple Butter: you can use store-bought apple butter or use my recipe for Homemade Apple Butter recipe.
  • Egg: for the egg wash. This will give the apple pastries a nice, golden color.
  • Sugar: for making the simple sugar syrup.

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Preparing the Sliced Apples

You’ll want to start these apple roses with the apples.

  1. Wash and dry the apples first, then cut the apples in half and remove the core. Using a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer, cut the apples into the thin slices, about 1/6th inch thickness.
  2. Bring a medium sized saucepan filled with water to a rolling boil. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon, then add the sliced apples in batches.
  3. Cook the sliced apples for about 30 to 45 seconds, just until they’re slightly softened. Scoop out the sliced apples with a slotted spoon, then place onto a tray lined with paper towels. Let the apples cool down before handling them.
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How to Make Apple Roses

Store-bough puff pastry always comes frozen and needs to be thawed. You can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for an hour. Otherwise, keep the dough refrigerated until you’re ready to use it.

  1. Remove the puff pastry from the packaging and lay it out flat on your work surface. Using an off-set spatula, spread the apple butter evenly over the entire sheet.
  2. Section the puff pastry into 6 to 10 segments, widthwise (the strips shouldn’t be too long).
  3. For each apple rose, lay the apple slices overlapping onto one side of the dough, making sure the apples overhang the edge. Fold the other side of the dough over, then gently start rolling the dough into a spiral. Watch my video tutorial to see how it’s done.
  4. If the puff pastry sticks to your work surface, slide a knife underneath it to lift the dough.
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Baking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375F. These apple roses can be baked on a baking sheet, or using a jumbo muffin tin. If using a muffin tin, spray the inside with non-stick baking spray. If using a baking sheet, line it with parchment paper.

Place the shaped apple roses either onto your baking sheet or into the muffin tins. Brush the beaten egg over each rose using a pastry brush. Bake the roses at 375F for 40 to 45 minutes, until they’re a rich, golden color.

If the roses start to brown too much, cover them with a sheet of foil to prevent them from browning further and burning.

Simple Sugar Syrup Topping

While the apple roses are baking, it’s time to make the simple syrup. Adding this simple sugar syrup makes the baked apple roses glossy and adds a touch more sweetness.

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring the syrup up to a simmer and cook for about 7 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  2. Once the apple pastries are baked, use a silicon brush to generously coat each pastry. Next, remove the pastries from the baking sheet/tin and onto a wire rack to cool.
  3. These can be enjoyed right away, or stored at room temperature for later.
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More Recipes!

Enjoyed this easy and delicious apple pastry recipe? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!

  • Pistachio Baklava Rolls: another super easy recipe using puff pastry! Pistachio and honey filled rolls that taste like baklava but better! These are addictive!
  • Apple Butter Apple Tart: a stunning apple tart made with sliced apples, filled with apple butter and made with flaky and buttery pie crust!
  • Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls: my favorite cinnamon roll recipe, plus an apple pie filling. These are topped with cream cheese icing and so delicious!
  • Super Easy Apple Fritters: the easiest recipe for apple fritters! Deep fried and coated with a cinnamon sugar glaze. You’ll love these!

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Easy Baked Apple Roses Recipe (video)

15 mins prep + 45 mins cook
6 pieces
Learn how to make baked apple roses with French puff pastry, thinly sliced apples and apple butter! Super easy to make, beautiful, and delicious!

Ingredients 

  • 1 sheet French puff pastry, I like the Dufour brand
  • 3 large apples
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1 lemon
  • water
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • ground cinnamon

For Sugar Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

Preparing the Apples:

  • Wash and dry the apples first, then cut the apples in half and remove the core. Using a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer, cut the apples into the thin slices, about 1/6th inch thickness.
  • Bring a medium sized saucepan filled with water to a rolling boil. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon, then add the sliced apples in batches.
  • Cook the sliced apples for about 30 to 45 seconds, just until they’re slightly softened. Scoop out the sliced apples with a slotted spoon, then place onto a tray lined with paper towels. Let the apples cool down before handling them.

Preparing the Puff Pastry:

  • Store-bough puff pastry always comes frozen and needs to be thawed. You can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for an hour. Otherwise, keep the dough refrigerated until you’re ready to use it.
  • Remove the puff pastry from the packaging and lay it out flat on your work surface. Using an off-set spatula, spread the apple butter evenly over the entire sheet.
  • Section the puff pastry into 6 to 10 segments, widthwise (the strips shouldn’t be too long).

Making Apple Roses:

  • For each apple rose, lay the apple slices overlapping onto one side of the dough, making sure the apples overhang the edge. Fold the other side of the dough over, then gently start rolling the dough into a spiral. Watch my video tutorial to see how it’s done.
  • If the puff pastry sticks to your work surface, slide a knife underneath it to lift the dough.

Baking Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375F. These apple roses can be baked on a baking sheet or using a jumbo muffin tin. If using a muffin tin, spray the inside with non-stick baking spray. If using a baking sheet, line it with parchment paper.
  • Place the shaped apple roses either onto your baking sheet or into the muffin tins. Brush the beaten egg over each rose using a pastry brush. Bake the roses at 375F for 40 to 45 minutes, until they’re a rich, golden color.
  • This longer baking time is need to bake the dough on the inside.
  • If the roses start to brown too much, cover them with a sheet of foil to prevent them from browning further and burning.

Making Sugar Syrup:

  • Next, prepare the sugar syrup. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring the syrup up to a simmer and cook for about 7 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  • Once the apple pastries are baked, use a silicon brush to generously coat each pastry. Next, remove the pastries from the baking sheet/tin and onto a wire rack to cool.
  • These can be enjoyed right away or stored at room temperature for later.
  • Nutritional facts calculated for 1 baked apple rose, if making 6 pieces.

Nutrition

Serving: 1apple rose | Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg