Rose Apple Pie

5 from 18 votes

A fun recipe to make with sweet apples, this beautiful Rose Apple Pie looks fancy and elaborate, but it's actually quite easy with my step-by-step tutorial!

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Ok guys, this was a total pinterest win moment for me! I made a Rose Apple Pie, and let me tell you it looks a lot of fancier than it actually is. If you can buy good quality pie crust, it just comes down to adding those apple slices, rolling it ever so delicately and coming out with the cutest most stunning Rose Apple Pie.

Final shot of the Rose Apple Pie with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and a spoon about to take a bite.
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How to Make Rose Apple Pie

First, you’ll start out by thinly slicing some apples. And make sure to remove the core when doing so. To make the apples more flexible for rolling, I microwave them for a quick jiffy and then cover them up with a damp paper towel while I’m preparing the pie. If you want to try this with another fruit, it’s totally adaptable. You can do this with peaches, plums, pears or even strawberries. Those fruits are softer and won’t need the microwave time.

Collage showing sliced apples on the left and the same sliced apples on a round white plate on the right after they were microwaed

A standard pie crust is perfect to use for this recipe. If you roll it out, you can easily get 6 strips to make 6 individual roses. I make two for this recipe. Then I brush on the melted butter.

Collage of two photos: On the left is a long rectangular pastry dough. On the right, there a brush coating the pastry dough with butter

After adding the melted butter, I sprinkle a cinnamon sugar mixture, then carefully lay the apples with the skin side on the outside. We want to color to pop in the roses.

Collage of two images. On the left I'm sprinkling the sugar and on the right I'm laying the apple slices in a line.

Next, I carefully fold the pie over to cover some of the apple slices, and brush it with egg wash.

Collage of two images. On the left are all the apple slices laid down on the pastry. On the right, I folded the pastry over and I'm adding egg wash with a brush on top.

Now it’s time to get rolling. As I roll, I try to keep the apple slices from falling out by using my other finger on the apple end to keep the roll snug.

Collage of two images. On the left are the two strips folded over the apples. On the right I'm rolling the strips to make a circular shape.

This is what they’ll look like when they’re rolled. The egg wash will keep them sealed so you don’t have to worry about it coming apart in the oven. The cool thing is you can also bake these in a muffin tin if you wanted to.

Rose Apple Pies in a ramekin ready to be baked in the oven.

When it comes out of the oven, it smells like the perfect fall dessert. It’s buttery, rich and sweet with warm hints of cinnamon. To me, it’s my favorite way to use up any apples in season, especially from apple picking!

Want the kids to help? Try it with a smaller rose for them and have them follow the step-by-step pictures. They will have so much fun doing this! This Rose Apple Pie wouldn’t be the same without enjoying it a la mode. So I love serving it with vanilla ice cream and a touch of maple syrup or caramel sauce. It’s the best autumn dessert that I’m sure you’ll love making as much as you’ll love eating!

Close up shot of the Rose Apple Pie with a bite being taken out.

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Rose Apple Pie

A fun recipe to make with sweet apples, this beautiful Rose Apple Pie looks fancy and elaborate, but it’s actually quite easy with my step-by-step tutorial!
5 from 18 votes
Servings 2 servings
Course Dessert
Calories 323
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
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  • 1 large red apple
  • 2 pieces rectangular puff pastry or pie crust
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 large eggs
  • Vanilla ice cceam for serving
  • Caramel sauce for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease two ramekins
  • Cut the apples in half, remove the core, but keep the red peel. Slice them as thin as possible and place on a plate. Microwave for about 45 seconds until they slightly soften and become limp but not mushy. Cover the apples with a plastic wrap and towel while prepping the pastry to ensure they remain soft.
  • Roll out the puff pastry and cut into 2 strips, each 1/8-inch thick, about 3” wide by 12 to 14” long. There will be extra pastry left
  • Spread melted butter over the surface. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl, and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the pastry dough.
  • Place the apple slices along the edge, starting about 1 inch in from the end, overlapping slightly, with the round part up, partly sticking out of the dough
  • Fold the bottom half of the dough over the apples. Mix the egg with 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash, then brush the egg wash on top. Sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top.
  • Fold the puff pastry “closing” the apples as you roll.
  • Place inside the greased ramekin, and repeat for the other strips
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the pastry is well browned.
  • Allow to cool and serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, if desired.


Recipe: This recipe was adapted from Food Wishes
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can use any pie crust you’d like and you can also use any fruit you’d like. If you prefer to skip the egg wash, you can use extra butter. If you prefer to skip the butter, you can use coconut oil.
Make Ahead: If you’re making your own pie crust, you can make that in advance. If you want to make the whole dessert in advance, just be sure to coat the apple slices with lemon juice so they don’t brown.
Technique: If you prefer not to use a microwave for the apple slices, you can simply cook them on low heat. You want them to be flexible but not soft.
If you prefer to use a muffin pan instead of a ramekin, you can reduce the heat to 375°F. and cook about 45 minutes


Serving: 1pie, Calories: 323kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 127mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 520IU, Vitamin C: 4.2mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Dessert

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  1. Amy says:

    Love it