These super easy caramel apple puff pastries are such a sweet delight, perfectly spiced, and have that signature bakery-style vibe!
Ahhh December is finally here!
Besides my birthday month (June), this month is probably my next favorite month of the whole year. I’m not gonna front, Christmas is my favorite holiday of them all. I seriously love all the cheesiness that comes with it. And before you ask, yes, my tree is up. Albeit a tiny itty bitty tree, but nonetheless, it’s up, ha! Ya girl did not feel like putting up a huge tree this year so I found this cute little one at Target. And if someone can find me a stocking with a “Q” that would be great but it looks like I might have to custom order one, ugh. I swear, there is no love for the people at the far end of the alphabet!
But I’ll digress from all that.
Let’s get into these easy caramel apple puff pastries! I think you should know before we discuss them that I didn’t really intend to make this recipe. You see, I made them around Thanksgiving when I was making some apple pie. After I filled said pie, I realized that I had some filling leftover. It annoys me to no end to see good food go to waste so I scoured my pantry and fridge. Luckily I found some frozen puff pastry in the freezer and the rest is easy peasy!
Puff pastry is an absolute dream, friends. There are countless ways to use puff pastry whether it’s sweet or savory, basically puff pastry is bae. You can also make puff pastry dough from scratch too if you have a little extra time. But listen, my recipe calls for store-bought puff pastry to make things a little easier for ya. Since we got our dough base, in comes the amazingly spiced apples. Flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves coat the apples along with some sugar. After scooping a spoonful of the filling onto pieces of puff pastry, we’re in the homestretch folks!
As the pastries bake, the wonderful smell of those spiced apples will fill your home and you’ll practically risk burning your mouth to eat ’em! At the end, they get a nice drizzle of some caramel sauce, powdered sugar, and sliced almonds- if you’re feeling extra fanciful. I had some friends over my home at the time that I was making these and they were gone in seconds, I kid you not. They’re so easy to make and I’m digging the fact that they’re homemade yet look like they came from a bakery. And they taste ahhhhmazing. All of the spices, the sweetness from the soft apples, and the buttery puff pastry, yummm. I went the extra mile and had a little scoop of ice cream with mine and I was LIVING! 😜
- 1 (17.3 oz) package of frozen puff pastry
- 2 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced into ¼ inch slices (about 2 cups)
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- caramel sauce topping
- egg wash: 1 large beaten egg mixed with 1 tbsp milk
- optional: coarse sugar such as turbinado, sliced almonds, powdered sugar.
- To begin, make sure to thaw out your puff pastry sheets (according to package directions).
- Line a large baking sheet with foil. You may need two baking sheets if you do not have a large enough one for all pastries to fit. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a large bowl, combine apple slices, sugar, flour, lemon juice, and all of the spices. Mix until thoroughly combined. Set apple filling aside to rest as oven preheats.
- Carefully open thawed puff pastry sheets. There should be two sheets of puff pastry in the package, each sheet will make 6 pastries, thus making 12 in total.
- Using a small paring knife, cut puff pastry into 6 rectangles. Repeat step for other puff pastry sheet.
- Place pastries onto baking sheet. Spoon apple filling onto center of each pastry, about 1 generous spoonful.
- Lightly brush outer rim of pastry with egg wash. Sprinkle the tops with coarse sugar, if using.
- Place into oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until puff pastry has puffed up and is golden brown.
- Drizzle tops of pastries with caramel, sliced almonds, and powdered sugar, if desired. Enjoy!