Apple Pie Roses

Apple Pie Rose 11

When it comes to desserts, pies are not at the top of my list, but show me an apple pie and I can’t resist.  The problem with making an entire pie when there are just two of us in the house is we don’t want to finish it.  So we pitch it or give away the leftovers. 

So when I saw a video posted by Ella Marincus for Nectarine Roses, I thought how pretty, and delicious these looked.  Plus they were individual servings!  However, since it’s apple season I decided to recreate the recipe with apples.

Apples were a bit trickier since they’re not as pliable as nectarines. Using my microwave though, I was able to recreate what I call an Apple Pie Rose.

I used the same premise of creating the puff pastry roses, but instead of using just cinnamon sugar for the flavoring, as in Ella’s recipe, I blended several other ingredients together to mimic apple pie. The result was magic!  In fact, the aroma that filled our house truly felt like fall was in the air.

Once these little roses were out of the oven I could barely contain myself until they cooled down. Once I was able to remove them from the ramekins I took my first bite – “OH MY” it was heavenly! I didn’t feel a bit guilty about eating the entire rose.  It was just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, while not being too sweet or too filling.

I can’t wait to make these again, and I know you’re going to love them!

Below is my recipe for Apple Pie Roses with step by step photos.  At the bottom of the recipe is the link to Ella’s video, showing you just how easy these are to create.

Apple Pie Roses


  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, core and sliced thin
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 egg, beaten, for brushing
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl combine, brown sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla.  Apple Pie Rose 1
  3. Core apples. Cut in 1/2 @ stem end. Lay cut sides down onto cutting board and slice into thin pieces. Add apples to brown sugar mixture. Squeeze lemon juice over apples (to keep from turning brown), then stir to combine. Set aside until mixture becomes liquid. About 10 minutes.              Apple Pie Rose 2 Apple Pie Rose 3
  4. Grease 6-8 (3.5 inch/3/4 cup) ramekins with butter and dust with flour to keep roses from sticking.  You can also use muffin tins.                                                       Apple Pie Rose 4
  5. If apples have oozed their juices and brown sugar mixture is a thick liquid place bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir and check to see if apple slices are pliable.  If not, place back for another 15 - 30 seconds.  Once pliable, remove and allow to cool slightly for handling.   (Photo below is what juices should look like.  Apples will be sliced thin not in cubes as shown).      Apple Pie Rose 12
  6. On a floured surface roll the pastry into a 10 X 15 inch rectangle. Apple Pie Rose 5
  7. Cut the dough into 8 equal strips, each of about 2x10 inches (5 cm x 25 cm). Apple Pie Rose 6
  8. Working with 1 strip of dough at a time, brush side facing up with egg.  Arrange one row of apple slices, overlapping, across the top edge of each strip of dough. (My strip was a bit wide so I narrowed it prior to folding).Apple Pie Rose 7jpg
  9. Fold up the bottom part of the dough over the apple slices, but not quite covering them, and brush with egg. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.                        Apple Pie Rose 8
  10. Roll gently holding apples in place, jellyroll style, and place into the prepared ramekins. Apple Pie Rose 9
  11. Bake for 45 minutes until puffed and golden. Apple Pie Rose 10
  12. Remove from the oven and let rest in the ramekins for 10 minutes before removing. Transfer to cooling rack. Apple Pie Rose 11
  13. Serve warm. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or drizzle with a caramel topping.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Enjoy.












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  1. So fun Vickie! It looks like a little piece of art work! I love the individual size servings too!

  2. I love apples! So I’m in heaven when fall rolls around. These are gorgeous — so pretty. And awfully tasty too, I’ll bet. 🙂

  3. Anyone who gets one of these would feel very spoiled. They’re beautiful! I can never pass up apple pie.

  4. Oh my goodness Vicki, these apple pie roses are stunning, show stoppers!!!! great step by steps….

  5. Easy peasy and STUNNING! I need one for my afternoon tea.

  6. Your roses are gorgeous, Vicki! And I bet they taste amazing, too!!!

  7. What a gorgeous way to use fall golden fruit!!

  8. Wow! You’re so skilled, Vicki! Looks like I’m going to have a lot of fun making these this weekend! I’m super excited!! 

  9. you are so right too pretty to eat you have the most creative talent and patience…  love it!

  10. So pretty, Vicki. It’s wonderful when delicious meets beautiful. Lovely recipe!

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