Apple Roses: the delicious, impressive dessert recipe for any special occasion

Total time: 60 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
By Cookist

If you’re looking for an easy, impressive dessert recipe you can serve on special occasions or holidays, then look no further! These apple roses can be served as a delicious treat, appetizer, or even as a fancy decoration on top of a cake. With a few basic ingredients like puff pastry, apples, apricot jam, and powdered sugar, you can whip up a beautiful dessert in no time.

Simply place soaked apple slices on strips of puff pastry, roll, and bake! The result? Sweet, flavorful roses with soft apples, and crispy puff pastry! These apple roses are the perfect pastry to serve at parties or if you just want to wow your friends and family! You’ll feel like a fancy French pastry chef – but no one will know your secret!

Apple Rose Ingredients

Apples – depending on the size, you will need about 3-4 apples. Although any red baking apple will work, look for Honeycrisp and Pink Lady, as these will give the best results.

Puff pastry – use store-bought puff pastry from the frozen foods section; allow to thaw completely before using

Apricot jam – you can use any other fruit preserve

Powdered sugar – this will be used for dusting at the end

How To Make Apple Roses

Start by prepping the apples. Soak thinly sliced apples in lemon water and microwave on high for 3 minutes to soften. Slice the puff pastry into strips, cover with the jam, and place the apple slices on top, making sure that they overlap somewhat.

Carefully roll up the strips, and place in a greased muffin tin. Bake until cooked through and dust with powdered sugar.


If you don't have a microwave, you can sauté the apples in butter for a few minutes until just slightly softened (not completely!)

Instead of jam, you can also use a mixture of butter, sugar, and cinnamon. You can also use caramel instead of apricot jam.

If you want, you can leave out the puff pastry, and use crescent roll instead.

Make smaller roses, by slicing thinner strips of pastry, and using a mini muffin tin.

Serve the apple roses on their own, or add a scoop or ice cream or whipped cream.

If the roses brown too quickly, add a loose piece of foil on top to prevent further browning.

To make sure the apples are evenly sliced, you can use a mandoline.

How To Store Apple Roses

Leftovers can be stored at room temperature (in an airtight container) for up to 2 days. Reheat it in the oven for a few minutes before serving.

If you want to make them ahead of time, you can assemble and roll the roses, and keep the unbaked rolls in the fridge. Bake before serving.

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Puff pastry
1 sheet
apples, sliced
Apricot jam
40 g (1/3 cup)
lemon, juiced
250 ml (1 cup)
Powdered sugar


In a bowl combine juice of 1 lemon with water. Set aside.

Halve and core apples, thinly slice them, and place in lemon water. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Unroll the puff pastry sheet into a large rectangle and cut into 17 stripes, 3-4 cm wide.

Spread a tablespoon of apricot jam on each pastry strip.

Arrange 7-9 apple slices in a single layer, slightly overlapping one another over 1/3 of the width of the pastry sheet.

Fold the remaining part of the pastry sheet over the layer of apples.

Starting from one end, roll up the puff pastry strip. Continue with the remaining strips and apples.

Place apple roses into a muffin tin and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.

Decorate with powdered sugar and serve.


If you don’t have a muffin tin, you can also use small cups or ramekins.

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