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Baked Apple Roses – Apple Pie Flavors in a Sweet Rose Shaped Appetizer

Who doesn’t love the taste of home made apple pie?  Today, we’ll be having fun with the recipe by turning apples into sweet little baked apple roses. Oven backed apples shaped like roses

I love fall.  It’s a time for me to get out my cooler weather clothing.  The temperatures are getting cooler and I know that all sorts of apple flavored fall sweet treats are waiting for me to taste.

Tips for making these apple roses

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. honey crisp apples

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 roses in aprchment paper

Or bake them longer and place them on a pretty plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.baked apple roses

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.Baked apple roses

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.

Yield: 12

Baked Apple Roses

apple rose
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 º F.
  2. Wash your apples, then cut them in half and core them. Slice the apples into  very thin slices, about 1/8 inch thick.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove the apples and let them cool in a colander.  Arrange the slices on a plate to cool them down.
  5. Sprinkle some flour on a silicone mat and place the pastry sheet on it.
  6. Mix the lemon zest, sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle over the pastry sheet.
  7. Cut it into 12 long strips, about 1/2 inch wide.
  8. Line the sheet with parchment paper.
  9. The apples should be quite dry now. Take the apples and place them on the pastry strips, overlapping them.
  10. Start rolling tightly to get a rose shape.
  11. Bake for 25 minutes, or until nicely golden.
  12. 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.
  13. Enjoy !

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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