Puff Pastry Apple Roses

These Puff Pastry Apple Roses are puffed, flaky, and so cute! We’re so excited to be sharing this recipe! So elegant and pretty! We are IN LOVE with these!

Ok, but who wouldn’t like an apple pastry, with cinnamon cream cheese, shaped like a rose?! I mean come on! These are too good! They are literally a mini apple pie!

If you know us, we love making pastries so so so much! The whole process is lots of fun, and seeing them puff up in the oven is such an experience!

Another thing, these are great to make with little kids because they are really simple, and don’t need to be perfect to still look amazing! We would love to make these when we were younger!

Fall is the height of apple picking, so if you have extra apples, you now know what to make! These were super trendy about 5 years ago, but good recipes are always trendy, in our opinion.

Tips and Tricks:

-If you have a melon baller, use it to core the apples.

-Use a sharp knife to cut the apple slices. The thinner they are, the better they’ll roll! 

-To make them ahead, assemble, and roll the apple roses, place them in a muffin tin, cover with saran wrap, and refrigerate till you are ready to bake!

What you'll need:

Lemon juice: Lemon juice prevents the apples from browning. You can also use lime juice.

Red apples: We used gala apples, but Honeycrisp and pink lady apples also work well.

Cream cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is softened so it’s easy to whip.

Brown sugar: Brown sugar works really well for this recipe, but if you don’t have it, white sugar will also work.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon in any apple dessert is a must!

Vanilla extract: Another must-have!

Puff Pastry: Make sure your puff pastry is thawed in advance.

Powdered sugar (for dusting): It makes these roses SO pretty!

What do they taste like?

These taste like your own personal-sized apple pie, but cuter! They are flakey, puffed, and warm! One thing we love about them is that they aren’t overly sweet, so dusting them with powdered sugar adds slightly more sweetness!

How to Store Puff Pastry Apple Roses:

They are best served fresh from the oven, but if you want to store them, this is how: Store them in an airtight container at room temp. for up to 2 days. If you do this, we recommend dusting the powdered sugar on right before serving! So that way they stay fresh! Also, they are best served warm, so microwave them a few seconds before serving.

Let's make Puff Pastry Apple Roses!

Step-By-Step Video:

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Puff Pastry Apple Roses

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-3 cups water

-4 Tbsp. lemon juice

-4 red apples

-4 oz. cream cheese, softened

-3 Tbsp. brown sugar

-1 tsp. ground cinnamon

-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

-1 package (2 sheets) puff pastry, thawed

-powdered sugar (for dusting)


2. In a large bowl, mix together 3 cups water, and 4 Tbsp. lemon juice.

3. Next, slice the apples. To do that, cup the apples in half, remove the core, and slice the apple into paper thin slices. (leave the peel!)

 4. Immediatley add the apples to the lemon water. Doing this prevents that apples from browning.

 5. Microwave the apples on high for about 5-7 minutes, or until soft and rollable.

6. In a medium-sized bowl, whip together 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract.

7. Drain the apples.


8. Unwrap the thawed puff pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out to a rectangular shape of about 9 x 12 inches. Cut the dough into 6 even strips, each about 1.5 x 12 inches. Repeat with the other sheet. You should have 12 strips in all.

 9. Take a strip of the puff pastry dough, and spread on some of the cream cheese mixture. Onto that, layer on the apples. Overlapping one over the other. Make sure to have the top of the apple (the curved side) stick out a bit.

10. Start rolling from one end. Don’t make it too tight! Then place in a muffin tin.

 13. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 35 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dessert, Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American/French

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