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Apple Roses – A Super-Easy, Super-Pretty Pastry

Apple Roses: A pretty dessert made from thinly sliced apples rolled up in puff pastry.

Apple Roses: A pretty dessert made from thinly sliced apples rolled up in puff pastry.

When you’re looking for a super-pretty, super-easy dessert, look no further than apple roses. These pretty pastries look look like you hired a professional pastry chef… when in reality it’s you (and possibly your kids) just having fun in the kitchen.

Roses for Little Prince

This treat was inspired by the beloved children’s classic book “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. In honor of the Little Prince and his “Rose” we made these apple roses, which look delicate and difficult but they’re really a fairly easy dessert to put together.

Constructing Apple Roses

You’re going to start by slicing two apples from top to bottom, then carefully taking the core out without splitting the apple in half (it’s OK even if you don’t make a perfect round cut). You’ll soak these apples in lemon juice and cook them so they are a little soft and more easy to bend.

apple slices

Then you roll out a large rectangle of puff pastry, slice it, brush it with jam, and line up the apples (like overlapping rainbows):

Apple strips

Then flip up the bottom half of the dough and fold it down (“tuck them into bed”):

folded up dough

…and you’re ready to roll!

rolling apples

Place the apple rolls carefully into a greased muffin tin…

apple rolls

…Then bake, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve. Perfection!

Apple Roses

Pretty little apple "rose" pastries that are surprisingly easy to make.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, dessert, pastry, roses
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 red apples (we used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 lemon, juiced plus equal amount of water
  • flour
  • 1 frozen puff pastry rectangle (usually two in a box)
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam (or substitute other flavor)
  • 1 tsp. water
  • powdered sugar


  1. Prepare the apples: Slice the apples in half from top to bottom and remove the core from the center of the apple without splitting it. Lay the apple cut side down on a cutting board and cut the apple into slices as thinly as possible (1/16th of an inch). Place the apple slices in a bowl filled with the lemon juice plus an equal amount of water. Microwave the apples in the lemon water for about three minutes to soften them.

  2. Prepare the dough: Sprinkle a cutting board with flour and roll out the pastry sheet as thinly as possible. Cut it into six long strips.

  3. Prepare the jam: Mix the jam with the 1 tsp. of water and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir to combine so that it has a thick syrup-like consistency.

  4. Assemble the apples: Lay the pastry strips down and brush
    jam over each one. Place the apple slices along the top half of each strip,
    laid out like overlapping rainbows. Fold up the bottom half of the strip, then
    carefully roll up each one until you have a rose.

  5. Place the roses in greased muffin tins and bake for 35
    minutes at 375 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Apple Roses

These roses are even easier to make if you have a helping hand (even a little hand!) to get all of the apple slices lined up. The best part is when it all comes together in a rose shape. You may be doubting that you’re doing it right until you make the final roll up and then – voila! – a perfect rose is right in your hand.

Did you enjoy making these? You’ll also like these Hidden Rose Apple Roses, or even these Heirloom Tomato Roses.

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Apple roses – so pretty and so easy! A fun party treat or dessert.

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8 Responses to Apple Roses – A Super-Easy, Super-Pretty Pastry

  1. Claire September 20, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    Thanks for this! I was looking for a Little Prince-themed recipe. I kept breaking the apples or pushing them out of the dough at first, but I got the hang of it and even the ones that didn’t look great tasted good.

    • Jeanne September 20, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Claire! Yes, it seems a little tricky at first but before you know it you’re a pastry artist! Glad you tried it! 🙂


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