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Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls

Classic apple pie flavors baked in unique Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls. Easy apple pie and cranberry filling inside flaky puff pastry layers, baked as a pull-apart casserole for a unique fall and Thanksgiving dessert recipe.

Three Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls on a plate

It’s officially fall season, especially now that I’m making apple pie recipes. I find myself enjoying baking more in the colder months, and can’t think of anything better than apple pie. Granted apples are available year round, but seem so much better this time of year. This isn’t your standard apple pie in a round crust though, we’re talking Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls baked into a casserole dish. Yes this just happened.

The center is essentially an apple pie filling. Fresh, sweet apple slices cooked down in butter and sugar. Mix with brown sugar and cinnamon (of course) and you have a quick and simple apple pie filling. The true star of this recipe is puff pastry. Instead of a homemade or store-bought pie crust, puff pastry sheets create a simple and unique “crust” for this apple pie casserole.

Cutting gala apple into small pieces on a cutting board

What apples to use for apple pie rolls?

Granny smith is the most common for classic apple pie. They are firm and hold their shape, and are a bit tart. Golden delicious, pink lady, Fuji and gala also work well. 

For this Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls I recommend gala or Fuji. They are softer so the texture of puff pastry and the crunch of pecans come through more. They are also more naturally sweet so less sugar is needed.

Brown sugar and cooked apple pieces on a puff pastry sheet

Why do some apple pies come out soggy?

Apples naturally have a lot of water. When you bake a pie those juices leak out and puddle up in the crust. It’s best to cook apples ahead of time in a pan when making apple pie. This brings out the natural sugars, reduces liquid and softens them up. Generally if an apple pie recipe doesn’t call for this step it may come out soggy with undercooked apples.

Rolling a puff pastry sheet topped with brown sugar and cooked apple pieces

How to make apple pie rolls

  • Cook apples in a pan with butter and sugar. This softens them up, brings out natural sugars and reduces liquid to prevents them from being soggy. 
  • Unroll puff pastry on a lightly floured flat surface
  • Sprinkle with thin layer of brown sugar
  • Top with layer of prepared apple mixture, leaving some space ad edges
  • Start from bottom and roll tightly with two hands
  • Use a sharp knife to cut into 2.5 inch slices
  • Place in a greased casserole dish on their sides, lightly touching but not packed
  • Brush tops with egg to create a nice brown when cooked
  • Bake 20-25 minutes at 350° F, or until dough is cooked through and golden on top. Garnish with toasted pecans.

Rolled Apple Pie Puff Pastry slices in a casserole dish to be bakedSimply flatten out the thawed sheets into a rectangular shape. Top with the apple pie filling and roll into a tube. Then cut into sections and place in a casserole dish on their sides. They bake into each other and puff up to create pull-apart single serving apple pie rolls with flaky, crispy layers. For a classic golden crust look, brush with a bit of egg before baking.

Close up of baked Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls in a casserole dishThis gorgeous recipe is quick and simple thanks to puff pastry sheets. Surprise your guests or family during your next holiday or fall gathering. With just a short amount of prep and a handful of ingredients your kitchen will be smelling like apple pie in no time.

Baked Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls in casserole dish cooling on a checkered towel
Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls

Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls recipe at-a-glance:

Difficulty: Easy
Flavor profiles: Sweet and fruity fall flavors of apple, cranberry, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Texture: Soft apple pie filling encased in flaky, crispy pastry layers.

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Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls

Easy apple pie and cranberry filling inside flaky puff pastry layers, rolled and baked as a pull-apart casserole for a unique fall and Thanksgiving dessert recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pie for thanksgiving, apple pie rolls, puff pastry pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Calories 377kcal
Servings 12 rolls
Author: Matt Ivan
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Ingredients

  • 6 large Gala or Fuji apples, not green apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 package puff pastry, (2 sheets) thawed
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup roasted pecans, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Core and cut apples into small cubes, leaving skin on. 
  • Melt butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Stir in apples and granulated sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes until apples are soft and tender. A lot of liquid should draw out, discard or use for another purpose. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries.
  • Roll Puff Pastry Sheets onto a flat, lightly floured parchment-lined surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten slightly into a rectangular shape. 
  • Top with drained apple mixture, then evenly sprinkle both sheets with brown sugar and cinnamon, leaving about ½-inch from edges. 
  • Using the parchment to lift, carefully roll from the short end to create a tube. Cut into about 2.5 inch pieces.
  • Place in a greased casserole dish on their sides; lightly touching but not packed. Brush tops with egg. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until dough is cooked through and golden on top. Garnish with toasted pecans.

Notes

  • Be sure apples are ripe and smell sweet. This is the main flavor and sweetness of this recipe and will affect the results greatly.
  • Cooking apples ahead of time softens them up, brings out natural sugars and reduces liquid that can leak out during baking.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Pie Puff Pastry Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 Roll)
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 126mg5%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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11 Comments

  1. This looks delish. How many 2.5 inch slices did you get? What size casserole dish did you use? Is one cut/slice one serving of 377 calories? Thanks!

    1. Hi Claudia. All of my recipes have servings and nutrition facts listed. It’s about 12 rolls and 377 is the per serving calories. Unfortunately, don’t have that dish anymore but 8×10 should work. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the kind of recipe that looks amazing! I would like to make these for a potluck and I think they are ideal for me. Do you see any problems with having these sit out for a few hours unrefrigerated? I will be at a museum and refreshments aren’t served until after the program.

    1. I’m pretty sure they’d be fine since everything is cooked when baked. Pastries often sit out a cafes a while. Thanks for the question and hope you like them!

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