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Mini Apple Roses

These Mini Apple Roses are soft and slightly crispy on the edges with cinnamon apple flavors. Serve on their own or with ice cream or whipped cream for a mouthwatering dessert!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple roses recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Cindy


Apple Roses

  • 2 apples Red Delicious recommended
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar

Cinnamon Cups

  • 18 oz cinnamon roll dough 2 packages, store brand recommended (see note)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar optional for dusting


  • Add the lemon juice to a medium microwaveable bowl and set aside.
  • Slice the apples in half and cut out the cores (an apple corer is recommended). Using a sharp paring knife or mandolin, cut the apple halves lengthwise into 1/8-inch thick slices and add to the bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and melted butter together. Then pour on top of the apple slices, stirring to coat.
  • Microwave for about 2 minutes or until the apple slices are pliable. Remove from the microwave and drain any accumulated liquid. Then set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  • Open the cinnamon roll package and unravel the dough into long strips.
  • Place one cinnamon roll in each muffin cup to form a spiral.
  • Slide apple slices in the gaps between the cinnamon roll with the peel side facing up to make a rose petal look. Repeat for all remaining muffin cups.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until puffy and golden. Then remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  • Dust with optional powdered sugar before serving.



  • Cinnamon Roll Dough: Store brands such as Great Value etc. in standard size work best. Pillsbury reformulated their cinnamon roll dough so it no longer unravels, meaning it won't work properly in this recipe. Avoid oversized cinnamon rolls if possible.
  • Make Ahead: You can make them up to one day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until serving. Note they do not freeze well.


Serving: 1rose | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg