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Caramel Apple Rose Tart Bites

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For a visually beautiful dessert that will also make your tastebud happy, make Caramel Apple Rose Tart Bites. These adorable little mini apple pies are made with puff pastry, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, and sweet apples, then rolled into the shape of a rose and baked to golden brown perfection before being drizzled with caramel sauce.

Caramel Apple Rose Tarts

Caramel Apple Rose Tart Bites

These Caramel Apple Rose Tarts are a family favorite! We make them for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and any time we have an abundance of apples to use up.

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The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Caramel Apple Rose Tarts (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • Apples – I suggest you use a very firm, tart apple that is good for baking and has red skin for color.
  • Puff pastry – you will find this in the freezer section of your local grocery store along with the other frozen desserts and pastries. This pastry needs to completely thaw before you use it.
  • Brown sugar – I used light brown sugar, but dark would work as well.
  • All-purpose flour – this helps to thicken the sauce and juices from the apple in the tarts.
  • Butter
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Caramel sauce – use any caramel ice cream topping that you like.

ingredients to make Caramel Apple Rose Tarts

How to Make An Apple Rose Tart

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfold each sheet of puff pastry and lay out on a clean, dry surface. Use a sharp knife to cut each sheet into 6 strips, for a total of 12 strips of puff pastry. Set aside.

cutting strips of puff pastry

Cut each apple into quarters and remove the core with a paring knife. Use a sharp knife or a mandolin to slice the apple quarters into very thin slices (the thinner the better so the apples will be able to bend when you roll the tarts into roses).

Lay the slices of apples on the top third of each strip of puff pastry, with the red apple peels facing out. A bit of each slice of apple should be slightly off of the top of the pastry.

topping the strips of puff pastry with apples

Filling

In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon (the mixture will be thick and paste like). Use a pastry brush to brush some of the mixture on the puff pastry right below the apple slices.

brushing cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter over the apple slices

forming the apple pie tarts

Fold the bottom half of the puff pastry up over the brown sugar mixture and the bottom half of the apple slices.

folding the puff pastry dough over the apple slices

Starting at one end, roll each of the pastries into a coil, like a cinnamon roll. Place into a greased muffin tin cup. Note: If some of the apples pop out or break while you’re rolling, just keep going. You can re-arrange the apples once you place the tart in the muffin cup. This process can be a bit messy.

rolling the apple filled pastry into roses

Repeat steps 4-7 with each strip of puff pastry.

Tip: Apples might pop up from the tart during rolling—this is fine. Just continue rolling, place the tart into the muffin cup, and then you can arrange the apple slices to fix any issues.

apple roses

Tip: The apples need to be sliced very thinly or else they will break when rolling up the pastry to make the roses. If some of the apples do break, it’s okay, but they won’t usually break if the apples are very thinly sliced. A mandoline would be very useful for making thin apple slices. I cut them by hand and only a few snapped in half, and I just tucked them down into the tart a bit after I finished rolling.

tarts in a muffin pan

Bake at 400F for 22-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Remove the tarts from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle each tart with caramel sauce.

drizzling caramel over the Caramel Apple Rose Tarts

So lovely!

closeup of a Caramel Apple Rose Tart

Toppings for the Caramel Apple Rose Tarts

  • Vanilla bean ice cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Powdered sugar

How to Store Leftovers

Keep the leftover tarts in a food storage container with a lid or in a zip-top food storage bag. They stay fresh at room temperature for up to three days.

a wooden platter filled with Caramel Apple Rose Tarts

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Caramel Apple Rose Tart Bites

Caramel Apple Rose Tart Bites

Published By Jill
For a visually beautiful dessert that will also make your tastebud happy, make Caramel Apple Rose Tarts. These adorable little mini apple pies are made with puff pastry, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, and sweet apples, then rolled into the shape of a rose and baked to golden brown perfection before being drizzled with caramel sauce.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 12 well muffin pan

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  • Unfold each sheet of puff pastry and lay out on a clean, dry surface. Use a sharp knife to cut each sheet into 6 strips, for a total of 12 strips of puff pastry. Set aside.
  • Cut each apple into quarters and remove the core with a paring knife. Use a sharp knife or a mandolin to slice the apple quarters into very thin slices (the thinner the better so the apples will be able to bend when you roll the tarts into roses).
  • Lay the slices of apples on the top third of each strip of puff pastry, with the red apple peels facing out. A bit of each slice of apple should be slightly off of the top of the pastry.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon (the mixture will be thick and paste like). Use a pastry brush to brush some of the mixture on the puff pastry right below the apple slices.
  • Fold the bottom half of the puff pastry up over the brown sugar mixture and the bottom half of the apple slices.
  • Starting at one end, roll each of the pastries into a coil, like a cinnamon roll. Place into a greased muffin tin cup. Note: If some of the apples pop out or break while you’re rolling, just keep going. You can re-arrange the apples once you place the tart in the muffin cup. This process can be a bit messy.
  • Repeat steps 4-7 with each strip of puff pastry.
  • Bake at 400F for 22-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
  • Remove the tarts from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle each tart with caramel sauce.
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