Sep 29, 2021

Easy Apple Puff Pastry Recipe

Bursting with fresh and juicy sweet caramelized apples encased in a buttery delicious pastry, this Easy Apple Puff Pastry Recipe melts in your mouth!

With only 4 ingredients, you'll LOVE how EASY my Apple Puff Pastry Recipe is to make! Find more easy apple recipes like this one below the recipe card at the bottom of this article.
Easy Apple Puff Pastry ready to eat

Apple Puff Pastry Recipe

Dessert doesn't get much better than this rustic Apple Puff Pastry. Not only is it easy to make and beautiful, but it is bursting with sweet caramelized apple flavor in a flaky pastry crust.

The puff pastry is buttery, light, and super flaky too! I love how it puffs up around the apple slices, keeping all of the moist deliciousness of the apple filling nestled neatly inside the flaky pie crust.

When you serve this to your friends and family they will no doubt be impressed with your mad pastry chef skills!
Easy Apple Puff Pastry ready to eat

Ingredient List

  • Puff pastry sheet - I use Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry dough, but homemade puff pastry dough will work too. Thaw frozen puff pastry in the fridge overnight, if possible. 
  • Apples, sliced thinly
  • Cinnamon sugar - you can purchase cinnamon sugar premade or you can make your own using 1/2 cup white sugar and 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
  • Unsalted butter, diced
Apples in a bowl ready for snacks

How to Make Apples in Puff Pastry

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and grease or line baking sheet
  2. Puff pastry sheet - Carefully unfold and place on baking sheet
  3. Apple Pie Filling - Wash & slice as thinly as possible.
    Slicing apples on wooden surface
  4. Toss sliced apples with sugar and arrange on the puff pastry sheet.
    Apples in glass bowl tossed in cinnamon sugar
  5. Top apples with diced butter.
    Thinly sliced apples topped with diced butter on a sheet of puff pastry
  6. Bake - 15-20 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  7. Cool - slightly before serving warm
  8. Serve - with Caramel Sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Slicing Apples

What are the best apples to use in puff pastry?

Before we bake apples in puff pastry, it's important to know a few apple varieties that are better suited for baking.

Not all apples are ideal for baking, and with so many varieties of apples to choose from it can be a challenge to know which apples will be best for making apples in puff pastry.

The best baking apples offer a balance of sweet and tart flavors and hold up to the baking process. We're making an apple pastry not applesauce, after all! It's important to choose a firmer apple that will hold its shape and not get mushy. Nobody wants mushy pastry!

Don't be afraid to use a variety of apples when baking. Mixing things up a bit by using several different apple varieties can give your apple puff pastry a deeper, richer flavor.

With over 2500 apple varieties, there are a lot of choices. I tried to list a few firm apples I feel are more readily available. There are other apple varieties for baking I left off my list but in a pinch, this is a good go-to list of baking apples:
  • Envy - a cross between Royal Gala and Braeburn, the Envy has an exceptionally sweet flavor. It can be hard to find, but Envy apples are a wonderful choice for just about any application and they don't turn brown easily, so that's a big plus!
  • SweeTango - One of my favorite apples! This apple is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. It is firm and juicy and another good choice for any application. The SweeTango apple season is only available for a short window in the Fall, so whenever I see them, I always stock up.
  • Braeburn - A firm apple that keeps its shape during cooking, but still produces a soft apple filling. Not as sweet other varieties.
  • Rome Beauty - Holds up well to baking. Flavor is a bit flat compared to other apples, so it's a good idea to pair with another, more flavorful variety.
  • Granny Smith - My go-to when I want a tangy apple flavor to offset a sweet dessert. Tart and tangy with a firm flesh, I like to  pair Granny Smith apples with a sweet apple like the Envy or the Gala apples for best results.
  • Pink Lady - A tart apple with a sweet finish. This is another great option for baking.
  • Gala Apples- Sweet and crisp, this is an all around great apple for baking that is readily available.

Recipe Prep Tips

  • Thaw the puff pastry in the fridge overnight, or on your work surface for about 30 minutes until it easily unfolds.
  • Slice the apples as thinly as possible. Using a mandoline slicer helps make quick work of the slicing, but a sharp knife will do the job too. Always use the safety guard when using a mandoline slicer.
  • You can slice the apples how you prefer. I sometimes slice them into half moon shapes, but I sort of love the rustic feel of slicing them into rounds. Plus, the star shape in the center when you slice an apple this way is too cute.
  • Coat the apples as evenly as possible when tossing them with the cinnamon sugar. I use a large bowl that makes it easy to carefully toss the apples without breaking them.
  • Lightly grease baking sheet with butter or line it with parchment paper before placing the unfolded pastry dough on it. Be sure the baking sheet is large enough to hold the unfolded piece of puff pastry.
  • Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut into equal squares
  • You do not need an egg wash as we are going for a more rustic pastry look.
  • If you are only using sweet apples in this recipe, you might want to toss the apples with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Lemon juice is not needed if you are using apples with a bit of tanginess.
Easy Apple Puff Pastry Recipe
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Apple Puff Pastry Recipe
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Apple Puff Pastry Recipe

Apple Puff Pastry Recipe

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
Bursting with juicy sweet apples encased in a buttery delicious dough, this Easy Apple Puff Pastry recipe is easy to make and melts in your mouth!


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed just enough to unfold (see notes)
  • 2 Apples, sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, diced


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter or line with parchment paper.
  3. Unfold puff pastry and place on baking sheet. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to use.
  4. Slice 2 apples, thinly (see notes)
  5. Combine apples with 3 tablespoons cinnamon sugar and arrange on puff pastry, overlapping slightly to fit all the sliced apples. Slice more as needed.
  6. Place 1 tablespoon butter pieces evenly on top of the apples.
  7. Bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  8. Cool slightly before cutting into equal squares. Serve warm. 


  1. I use Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry dough, but homemade puff pastry dough will work too. Thaw frozen puff pastry in the fridge overnight, if possible. 
  2. Find Pepperidge Farms puff pastry in the freezer section of your grocery store.
  3. Slice apples, as thinly as possible, across the middle into rounds to see the star shape that hides inside the apple.
  4. Using a mandoline slicer helps make quick work of the slicing. Always use the safety guard when using a mandoline slicer.
  5. Be sure the baking sheet you use is large enough to hold the unfolded piece of puff pastry.
  6. I suggest serving this with my Homemade Caramel Sauce. You can easily make the caramel sauce ahead of time and reheat as needed.

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  1. We can't wait to try this tasty recipe! Thanks for spotlighting SweeTango in such a unique way... and the photos are simply gorgeous! This dessert is fabulous enough for entertaining, yet simple enough to bake on any given weeknight. Love it!

    1. I hope you love it as much as we do! Thanks so much for your kind words and for sharing your tasty apples. They really are the best! Have a wonderful week ~Marion

  2. I will definitely look for these apples! I love how this tart looks!!

    1. Thanks, Susan. The apples are our absolute fave! I love the sweet flavor with just a little tartness to it. I hope you get a chance to try them. Have a super weekend ~Marion


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