Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples
These exquisite Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples are an elegant, delectable dessert! They’re a little fiddly to make but worth the effort for a stunning autumn dessert!
A Baked Apple Recipe can be made in so many different ways, but none are as pretty as these inside-out Caramel Apples!!
Why You Should Make this Apple Dessert
- Baked apples are a perfect fall dessert.
- This twist on baked apples includes a premade puff pastry crust and jarred caramel sauce to make it easy!
- They make an elegant presentation.
I found a video of these stunning gems: peeled baking apples were dipped in cinnamon sugar, wrapped in strips of grocery store puff pastry, then filled with caramel sauce from a jar. Simple and beautiful. Of course, these Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples would be out of this world with homemade puff pastry and homemade caramel sauce, but still pretty spectacular with store-bought versions of each. The French would call these Caramel Apples en Croute or apples wrapped in pastry!
How to Make this Baked Apple Recipe
- The first time I made this dessert, my apples were probably a smidge bigger than the medium-sized apples called for in the recipe. And after tweaking the recipe to include a bit of chilling time to firm up the puff pastry, my apples were still a bit underdone at the end of the baking time.
- I’d recommend turning down the oven temp at about the 20-minute mark and extending the baking time if your apples are large or they don’t seem done when you insert a knife into the apple.
- Once the apples are peeled, use a melon baller or another tool to remove the core from the top without cutting through the bottom of the apple. This space is going to hold caramel sauce, so it cannot leak.
- Make sure your well is large enough to hold 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce. If there’s not enough space, just use less.
- Start wrapping the puff pastry strips at the bottom of the apple, working your way up to the top. When the strip reaches the top, you can trim if needed, then add the leaves to cover the end of the strip.
- I use a dab of water or the egg wash to help seal together the 4 strips of dough needed to wrap each apple.
- Brush the apples with an egg wash before baking. This mixture of egg and water will add a nice sheen to the baked puff pastry.
- I also use either a drop of water or of the egg water glaze to seal together the 4 strips needed to wrap each apple.
- Check apples for tenderness with a sharp knife a couple of times as they transform into a lovely golden brown. It should slide in easily when the apples are cooked and tender.
Tips for Working with Puff Pastry
- PRO-Tip: Puff pastry will puff best when chilled, then baked in a hot oven.
- So most likely your puff pastry will warm up as you work with it, so a little time in the fridge before baking is helpful to firm it up again.
- When the cold puff pastry enters a hot oven, the tiny pockets of water throughout the dough will turn to steam, puff up the layer and make a perfect flaky covering for these caramel apples.
- PRO-Tip: Make these caramel apples in the fall or winter. It’s tough to work with puff pastry when your kitchen is warm, like it can be in the middle of summer.
- This recipe was inspired by the Pepperidge Farm website. I prefer an all-butter puff pastry, but Pepperidge Farm’s version will do in a pinch.
More Apple Recipes You’ll Love:
- Favorite Apple Recipes from the blog
- Apple Bar Recipe
- Classic Apple Pie
- Maple Glazed Apple Tart
- More Dessert Recipes
This recipe was first shared in October 2011. Photos and text were updated in 2020.
Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples
An elegant baked apple recipe filled with caramel sauce and wrapped in puff pastry.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 4 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- 10-ounce package of Trader Joe's puff pastry (or another brand of puff pastry may be substituted)
- Vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 400º.
- Stir the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl.
- Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.
- Using a melon baller, scoop the cores out of the apples from the top, making sure to leave the bottoms intact.
- Coat the apples with the cinnamon mixture.
- Place the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Roll each pastry sheet into a 10 x 9-inch rectangle.
- Cut each into 9 1-inch strips. Moisten ends with water and then press 4 pastry strips together to make 1 strip. Repeat to make 4 long strips total. Cut 4-8 leaf shapes from the leftover pastry.
- Starting at the bottom, wind 1 pastry strip around 1 apple, slightly overlapping the edges of the pastry. Repeat with the remaining pastry strips and apples.
- Top each with 1-2 pastry leaves.
- Spoon 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce into each apple. Brush the apples with the egg wash. Place the pastries onto a baking sheet covered with parchment or a Silpat. Chill briefly, 20-25 minutes.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Serve the pastries with ice cream.
Adapted from Pepperidge Farm.
Mine were dark enough, but not fully cooked at 25 minutes. You may want to lower the temp and bake another 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven and the size of your apples.
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Serving Size:1 apple
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 692Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 365mgCarbohydrates: 93gFiber: 6gSugar: 53gProtein: 9g
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108 Comments on “Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples”
Congrats on the nomination-well deserved. Great wrapping on the caramel apples-you did an awesome job on the presentation. Yum!
aaaah! Lizzy this pastry wrapped caramel apple for me is perfect and I love apples too, look beautiful! gloria
Such a welcome to autumn! Just delicious. And you stay skinny…. how? Congrats on the nomination! What a lovely honor!
Well, this is a beautiful dessert presentation!!
Looks great, such recipes are awesome where you eat the ‘plate’ – less washing needed!
Beautiful looking and a great recipe to have on hand next week after my apple picking trip next week.
Okay now you have to help me pick up my jaw from the floor! I love this dessert Lizzy! It’s simply beautiful. I mean this is something that can be served at a 5 star restaurant, it’s that fabulous! You really are the baking queen. Great job and again congrats on the nomination!!!! I am so happy for you. 🙂
Congratulations on your nomination, Lizzy!
These look incredble and very filling. Skip dinner and just go right for the dessert!
Congrats on the nomination and participating in the bake sale!
I agree with Chris about starting too soon with pumpkins when apples and pears are still begging for their time. And wow, did you spotlight apples with this one. Caramel apples fill my heart with love. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to give it a try!
Congratulations on the nomination! Loving this apple recipe. I feel too many people rushed right past apples to pumpkin. Let’s give apples the love they deserve.
This looks sensational!
Congratulations on the nomination ;-))
Done with the voting Lizzy and best of luck. Keep me updated on this.
Unique and unique and its so nice to see the wrap around the apple, isn’t this a simple way of baking and thanks for sharing.
Congrats to you and your blog is working find now, entered from your facebook like page.
Wow Liz, those are gorgeous~! Besides being such a fantastic baker, your art and presentation are amazing~!
Yeah! How cool for you! Congrats! And love love these apples! Holy lipsmackeral! Delicious.
Congratulations on the nomination foodbuzz food blogger,you deserve it, I love your creativity on baking,and I’m learning from you here,just like this one you just posted,pastry wrap caramel looks yummy and gorgeous !!
congrats on the nomination and wow! this looks really luscious!
Congratulations- both on the nomination- and a beautiful creation. I’ve been scratching around for great apple recipes to go with a creme fraiche sorbet I made- I think this would be beautiful. Thank you!
I have this recipe from when Pepperidge Farm sent me some coupons and I’ve been dying to try it. Yours look amazing!
I LOVE this!! Every part of it. Going to totally try this this fall. Love the apple pastries!