Mini Rose Apple Pies


A lovely little rose-shaped apple pie that's both simple and impressive.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
26 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 11 mins
9 mini pies


Pie Dough:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup very cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 3 tablespoons ice-cold water


  • 2 Pink Lady apples

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ cup brown sugar, divided

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted, divided

  • ¼ cup strawberry preserves


  1. Combine flour, white sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in cubed butter using a pastry blender, 2 knives, or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until dough just comes together into a ball.

  2. Form the dough into a disc. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a muffin tin with butter.

  4. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a well floured surface. Cut out nine 3 1/2-inch rounds using a biscuit cutter or floured glass. Press rounds into the muffin tin, pushing dough up the sides in the shape of a cup. Transfer to the refrigerator.

  5. Core apples by slicing around the core on 4 sides. Cut apples into very thin half moons using a mandolin or a very sharp knife. Toss apple slices with lemon juice in a microwave-safe bowl.

  6. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons melted butter in a small bowl; pour over apples and toss to combine. Microwave apples until pliable enough to roll, about 1 minute.

  7. Lay 10 apple slices in a horizontal line on a flat work surface with the skin side facing you; arrange slices so that each slice overlaps the previous slice by half. Roll up the slices tightly from one end to the other. Arrange 2 to 8 additional slices around the outside of each apple rose to reach desired size. Repeat with remaining slices to form 8 more apple roses.

  8. Combine remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons melted butter in a small bowl; brush over the bottom of each dough cup. Place an apple rose in each cup.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until dough turns golden and apples are cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.

  10. Pour strawberry preserves into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave until liquid, about 30 seconds. Brush preserves over each apple rose.

Cook's Notes:

Add additional ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if dough seems dry in step 2.

Braeburn and Honeycrisp apples also work.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

292 Calories
16g Fat
37g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 292
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 79mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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