Baked Cinnamon Apple Roses Recipe

Have you ever stumbled across food that appeared to be just too beautiful to eat? One that you couldn't fathom taking a bite out of? Decadent tiered cakes adorned with edible diamonds and delicate marzipan flowers in an array of colors appear as a work of art and are almost sinful to slice into and eat. Unless you're a professional baker or cake decorator, you may wonder just how visually stunning desserts are created. Well, wonder no more.

Recipe developer Autumn LeAnn also happens to be one of those bakers who create the most amazing-looking and tasting desserts. She owns Autumn's Sweet Shoppe, a small-batch bakery based in Columbus, Ohio, and crafted a recipe for baked cinnamon apple roses that are simply stunning, not to mention they taste fantastic.

"These apple roses are as delicious as they are beautiful! They're almost like mini apple pies, perfectly sweet and the perfect serving size," Autumn LeAnn says. Learn her technique for making this dessert, and prepare to wow your guests over the holiday season or just because.

Gather up the ingredients

Most of the ingredients for this batch of succulent sweets are likely hanging around the house, with the exception of the apples, unless your fruit bowl has been filled recently. You'll need two sticks of unsalted butter. Flour proves to be an important part of this recipe, as does salt, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and ice water. The star of the show, Fuji apples, are the most important part, and you'll need three to four of them, depending on how big they are.

Fuji apples are an incredibly common type of fruit with a sweet taste. When picking the Fuji apples from the bin, make sure they don't have any soft spots or brown spots on them, and check for blemishes like worm holes. Select apples that are firm, smooth, and brightly colored.

Cut up the butter into the dry ingredients

This recipe may take some time to throw together, but trust us, it'll be worth it in the end. Autumn LeAnn recommends measuring out all of the ingredients first so you keep a steady preparation pace when working in the kitchen. Take a stick and a half of cold butter, and cut it into small cubes measuring approximately half an inch in size.

Take out a bowl and mix together two cups of all purpose flour, half of a teaspoon of salt, one and a half tablespoons of granulated sugar, and the cubed butter. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together, squishing the butter into smaller flakey bits. LeAnn said, "When you're finished, you should still be able to see small bits of butter."

Ice water assists in the process

Use half a cup of ice water in the next step. Slowly add the ice water to the dough a tiny bit at a time. Continually mix the dough with your hands until just combined, Autumn LeAnn explained, to where you still can see small bits of butter.

"Using ice water helps prevent the butter pieces in the dough from melting down too much and helps to produce a flakier dough," she says. "It's important to add the water slowly because the amount of water you will need to use varies from kitchen to kitchen depending on humidity level. Adding the water slowly instead of all at once helps prevents the dough from becoming too watery."

Prepare the apples for this delicious dessert

Take the buttery dough and gently shape it into a rectangle. Refrigerate the dough for an hour. Once 30 minutes has passed, turn your attention to the Fuji apples. Cut them in half through the core, and then use a spoon to scrape out the core. Cut the apple halves into very thin slices. "I used a mandoline slicer for mine to ensure my slices were even and thin," Autumn LeAnn advised.

In case you haven't used one yet during your adventures in the kitchen, a mandoline slicer consists of a flat surface fitted with a sharp blade that enables you to slice fruits like the apple and veggies thinly, precisely, quickly, and safely. Uniform slices are best attained this way.

Boil the sliced apples for approximately five minutes, then remove from the water and pat dry with a towel.

Work with the dough

Melt the remaining half a stick of butter, then add a quarter of a cup of brown sugar and half of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and mix until combined. Set aside and take the dough out of the refrigerator. Lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it resembles a large flat rectangle big enough to cut nine large strips measuring approximately 12 inches long and an inch and a half wide. 

It's best to use a pizza cutter or knife for cutting the strips. Once that's done, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Create the gorgeous edible roses

Gently spread the brown sugar mixture across one side of each strip of dough, then layer the thin apple slices across it. "Make sure to add enough apple slices to each piece of pastry to give it enough petals, but be careful not to add too many, as it may not fit in the cupcake pan when you roll it up. The edges of the apple slices should overlap on the pastry, but not very much," Autumn LeAnn told us.

Carefully roll up the dough with the apples inside into a rose shape, and insert it into a cupcake tin. You can use beautiful cupcake liners sprayed with non-stick spray for an easier clean-up, or you can simply place them directly into the cupcake tin if you'd rather. Be sure to spray the cupcake liners with non-stick spray, or the dough will stick to the cupcake liner and ruin your masterpiece.

The apples should easily roll up inside the dough because they've been boiled, which makes them more pliable. Boiling cooks and softens the apples without drying them out and helps them retain their flavor. Bake the apple roses for 45 minutes and allow them to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Baked Cinnamon Apple Roses Recipe
5 from 22 ratings
These baked cinnamon apple roses are almost too pretty to eat.
Prep Time
30
minutes
Cook Time
45
minutes
Servings
9
roses
baked cinnamon apple roses tin
Total time: 75 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup ice water
  • 3 Fuji apples
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions
  1. Measure out all of your ingredients.
  2. Cut the 1 ½ sticks of cold butter into small cubes (about ½ inch each).
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, granulated sugar, and cubed butter. Use your hands to mix together, squishing the butter into smaller, flakey bits. When you're finished, you should still be able to see small bits of butter.
  4. Begin adding in the ice water a little at a time and mixing the dough with your hands until just combined. Again, you should still be able to see small bits of the butter. You want to add the water a little at a time to avoid adding too much. Depending on the humidity in your kitchen, it can take anywhere between ¼ and ½ cup of ice water.
  5. Gently form your dough into a rectangle, and refrigerate for an hour.
  6. When the dough has chilled for about half an hour, begin preparing the apples.
  7. Cut the apples in half through the core, then use a spoon to scrape out the core. Cut the halves into very thin slices. Use a mandoline slicer for mine to ensure your slices are even and thin.
  8. Boil the sliced apples for about 5 minutes, then remove from the water and pat dry with a towel or paper towel.
  9. Melt the remaining ½ stick of butter, then add the brown sugar and cinnamon, and mix until combined.
  10. Pull your dough out of the refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll out with a rolling pin until it is a large, flat rectangle. You should be able to cut 9 large, long strips about 12x1 ½ inches. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut into strips.
  11. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  12. Gently spread the brown sugar mixture onto one side of each strip of dough, then layer the apples across it. Gently roll up the dough/apples into a rose shape and place into a cupcake pan. Use cupcake liners sprayed with non-stick spray to make for easier cleanup, or can skip the cupcake liners and place them directly into the cupcake pan. Even if you use cupcake liners, you will want to spray them with non-stick spray. Otherwise, the dough will stick to the paper.
  13. Bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.
  14. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and enjoy!
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 346
Total Fat 20.8 g
Saturated Fat 12.9 g
Trans Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 54.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 37.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
Total Sugars 13.8 g
Sodium 134.9 mg
Protein 3.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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