Rose apple pie is an aesthetic twist on a classic apple pie recipe. Apple pie is our dad’s favorite dessert! We make it every year for his birthday, and this year we decided to try something different! Rose apple pie is simply a different way to make a traditional apple pie. It’s more of an eye-catcher with the beautiful rose shaped apple buds. Be sure to check out our suggested fall pairing at the bottom!

rose apple pie

how to make rose apple pie


  • 5 C red apples, thinly sliced 
  • ½ C brown sugar 
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ¼ t nutmeg
  • 1 T flour 
  • 1 T vanilla  
  • 2 T lemon juice 
  • 2 T butter 
  • ½ t salt 
  • premade crust or dough
ingredients for rose apple pie


In a large bowl combine apple slices, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla, and lemon juice. Gently mix until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Cover and set aside for a minimum of 30 minutes. 

Prepare the crust or dough by placing it into a greased pan. Preheat the oven according to packaged instructions. 

After 30 minutes, separate the apples from the juice. Place the juice in a small saucepan on medium heat with butter and flour. Stir to prevent burning. Once the ingredients are slightly thickened, remove from the heat and set aside. 

Place 8 – 10 apple slices in a line. Make sure to overlap at the ends of each apple slice. Once the apple slices are lined up, roll it into a rose. Stand each rose up vertically and place on top of the pie crust dough. Repeat this process until all of the apple slices are used up or the dough is filled with roses. 

Using a marinating brush, brush the apple juice over the roses. Cover the rose apple pie with aluminum foil and bake covered for 20 minutes. Then uncover and continue to bake for 20 more minutes. This baking time may vary depending on packaged instructions. 

Remove the pie and let cool to room temperature before adding your favorite ice cream! Buon Appetito!


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When prepping your apple slices it is very important to slice them as thin as possible. If you have one, you could try using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer to help get them as thin as possible. The thinner your slices are the more pliable they will be once they are ready to be rolled into a rose bud. This will make the roses much easier to create.

suggested pairing for rose apple pie

Lately, we have been enjoying our cocktails with a dessert. We suggest pairing this rose apple pie with our apple cider mezcal margarita. Why not embrace all of the apple and fall flavors during this season!

rose apple pie


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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