Love is in the air with these romantic individual Puff Pastry Apple Roses. This popular recipe for apple roses – made with red apples, jam, cinnamon, and a sheet of puff pastry – is taken to the next level with a splash of rose water. It’s the perfect treat for you and the apple of your eye for this Saint-Valentine.

Can you believe that Saint-Valentine is already right around the corner? Here’s to hoping your significant other is part of your bubble, or you still plan on celebrating via the internet if your loved one is unable to be with you. There may not be a box of chocolate waiting for you but that does not mean you can’t share a sweet treat together, like puff pastry apple roses.

Such pretty puff pastry apple roses are perfect for playfully feeding your lover, or they can be enjoyed in the same room even if you are social distancing. And my apple rose recipe is easy for anyone to make so you can still share if your Rendez-Vous is lit by the romantic flickering of a computer or a mobile screen.

Puff Pastry Apple Roses with Rose Water

Disclaimer: Thank you to Cosmic Crisp Washington State Apples for this sponsored post opportunity. Note that all thoughts and opinions are my own. Lire l’article en français ici.

How to pick the right apple for the job

Did you know that you cannot pick just any apple to bake and cook with? There are many different types of apples and each one has its own set of characteristics. For example, if you plan on making an apple pie, would you rather choose an apple variety that turns to mush once cooked or another that holds its shape?

When you plan on baking with apples, go for an apple that has a crispy texture. For my apple roses recipe, pick from one of the many types of red apples. Personally, I really like to use one of the newest apple varieties for this recipe.

That is right, there is a new apple in town! An apple that has been 20 years in the making which has been available for just over one year. Meet the Cosmic Crisp Washington state apples. This apple is like no other.

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How about them apples

Ready to fall in love with a new apple variety? Here are a few reasons why Cosmic Crisp Washington state apples are my new favorites:

  • Cosmic Crisp apples come from the crossing of Enterprise and Honeycrisp types of apples.
  • The Cosmic Crisp Washington state apple is non-GMO and was bred at Washington State University.
  • This apple is crispier and sweeter than other varieties. You will get a real bite out of these firm and crisp textured apples.
  • They have a lasting shelf life when stored in your refrigerator’s crisper, up to 12 months.
  • Finally, bakers rejoice, they are naturally slow to brown.

Cosmic Crisp apples are orchard-grown in all five growing regions in Washington State near the Columbia River.  With warm days and cool nights, an ideal climate in apple-growing regions.

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Long-lasting and great for baking apples

Cosmic Crisp apples make the perfect snack or dessert. Did you know that they are also great for baking and cooking? Not only are they sweet and have a crispy texture, but they’re also naturally slow to brown. No more slicing apples till the last minute or lemon water baths.

As I mentioned earlier, Cosmic Crisp apples are best stored in your refrigerator’s crisper. But here is an extra tip. You can really extend their shelf life by placing the apples in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover the apples with a damp paper towel.

You can buy Cosmic Crisp apples across the US and now also across Canada in major grocery store chains. Look for them in the produce aisle or ask for directions to the Cosmic Crisp display.

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How to make puff pastry apple roses

Don’t be intimidated by this elegant rose motif apple rose pastry. They are actually so easy to make.

Once you have thinly sliced a couple of Cosmic Crisp apples, all you have to do is use the jam and rose water as glue when lining up the apple slices on strips of puff pastry. Add a touch of cinnamon if you like, roll them up (it’s so easy), and bake them in a muffin pan.

If you are not a fan of rose water feel free to omit it in the apple rose puff pastry, or use a different sweet syrup of your liking. You can also add more than the recipe suggests if you are a rosewater lover.

I have to go nibble on an apple roses pastry.

Puff Pastry Apple Roses with Rose Water

This popular recipe for apple roses - made with red apples, jam, cinnamon, and a sheet of puff pastry - is taken to the next level with a splash of rose water. It's the perfect treat for you and the apple of your eye for this Saint-Valentine.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 apple roses


  • 2 Cosmic Crisp apples
  • 1/2 juice of a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet thawed
  • flour for dusting
  • cinnamon optional


  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Slice the apples with the skin on in half, remove the core, and slice apples into thin slices.
  • Add the lemon juice to a bowl filled with cold water. Add apple slices and add water making sure to cover all of the slices. Microwave it for 3 minutes (it helps soften the apple).
  • In a small dish, mix the apricot jam, water, and rose water. Microwave it for 1 minute.
  • Drain the apples in a colander.
  • Flour the counter and the dough, roll out the sheet a bit with a rolling pin. Cut 6 strips on the long edge.
  • Brush each strip with the apricot jam mixture. Place about 7 apple slices halfway up the dough.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, then fold the strip over in half.
  • Gently roll the dough to create a beautiful apple rose. Brush the roses with the remaining jam.
  • Bake the roses for 45 minutes in a greased muffin pan, or until the dough is fully baked. Cool slightly.

If you are more of a tart, try this apple rose pie.

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