Don’t bother making the pastry yourself. Just get some store bought pastry sheets. They make the whole process much quicker and easier.
Also, be sure to choose tart and crisp apples. Granny Smith or Honey Crisp are a good choice. They hold up better when you bake the apple slices.
Be sure to allow the apples to dry out after you cook them in the water and sugar. This makes them pliable when you layer them on the pastry and makes it easier to roll the pastry sheets and apple slices.
Add the seasonings to the pastry before you try to cut it. It saves a lot of time.
These little baked apple roses are perfect for a snack with a glass of milk, or a fun, sweet party appetizer or dessert.
To make these fun apple shapes, you will need some of the same things that you use for apple pies – apples, sugar, spices and pastry sheets.
You can serve these baked apple treats just barely cooked and then wrapped in parchment paper to serve individually.
Or bake them longer and place them on a pretty plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Pin these Baked apple roses for later.
Would you like a reminder of these sweet little rose shaped appetizers? Just pin this image to one of your cooking boards on Pinterest.
Admin note: this post for baked apples shaped like roses first appeared on the blog in September of 2013. I have updated the post with more tips, new photos and a printable recipe card.
Baked Apple Roses
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
1 puff pastry sheet
3 apples (I used honey crisp)
5 tablespoons of sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
4 cups water
3 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Optional: Confectioner's sugar to dust the roses after cooking
Preheat the oven to 425 º F.
Wash your apples, then cut them in half and core them. Slice the apples into very thin slices, about 1/8 inch thick.
Bring the water, sugar and lemon juice to a boil in a saucepan and place the apple slices in. Boil for 2 minutes, until the slices soften. You will know they are ready if you can bend them slightly.
Remove the apples and let them cool in a colander. Arrange the slices on a plate to cool them down.
Sprinkle some flour on a silicone mat and place the pastry sheet on it.
Mix the lemon zest, sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle over the pastry sheet.
Cut it into 12 long strips, about 1/2 inch wide.
Line the sheet with parchment paper.
The apples should be quite dry now. Take the apples and place them on the pastry strips, overlapping them.
Start rolling tightly to get a rose shape.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until nicely golden.
When you take them out of the oven you can either leave them plain or sprinkle with some confectioner's sugar for some extra sweetness.