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easy to make honey apple roses for rosh hashanah

Baked Honey Apple Roses

Apple honey roses are a simple yet beautiful dessert.  They are delicious served on their own, or with a little whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 

For special occasions, I like to combine many apple roses to make a truly stunning dairy-free apple rose tart.

easy to make honey apple roses for jewish new year

Apple flowers are an elegant Rosh Hashanah dessert

Apples and honey are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to symbolize hope for a sweet year ahead.  I love this tradition and it is one my family always incorporates into our New Year’s celebration.

This year, I wanted to make a simple yet elegant dessert for my family to enjoy on Rosh Hashanah.  Nothing is simpler than a baked apple for dessert.

Adding a touch of honey and sprinkle of cinnamon rounds out the flavors and make the apple truly delicious. And by creating delicate slices in the apple prior to baking, it can easily be arranged into a flower.

baked honey apple roses with ice cream

Easy steps to make Apple Roses:

  1. Peel apples
  2. Core apples
  3. Cut apples in half and uniformly slice into thin strips and transfer sliced apples to baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicon baking liner
  4. Microwave honey (or maple syrup) in a small dish for 20 seconds, stir in cinnamon
  5. Using a pastry brush (or back of spoon), coat sliced apples in honey cinnamon mixture
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and then cool completely on baking sheet
  7. Once completely cool, use your hands to and gently squeeze sliced apples to create a long strip.  Ensure that sliced apples are evenly distributed
  8. Gently roll strip of apple slices into a tight spiral that resembles a rose.  
  9. Coil a small apple slice (or piece of apple slice into a tight coil and insert into center of rose to complete the apple flower.  Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with mint leaves (optional).
easy to make baked honey apple roses for Rosh Hashanah

Baked Honey Apple Rose Recipe

The apple honey roses can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for several days ahead of serving

easy to make honey apple roses for rosh hashanah

Apple Honey Roses

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy to make baked honey apple roses are a delicious and beautiful simple dessert.  {Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo}


  • 2 apples * (any apple will work, though I typically use Fuji or Gala)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 mint leaves, for garnish (optional, basil and sage also work well)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Wash and dry apples
  3. Peel and core apples
  4. Cut apples in half
  5. Uniformly slice apples into thin strips
  6. Transfer sliced apples to baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicon baking liner
  7. Microwave honey in a small dish for 20 seconds. Add cinnamon and mix until combined
  8. Using a pastry brush (or back of spoon), coat sliced apples in honey cinnamon mixture
  9. Bake in oven for 20 minutes at 400°F and then cool for 5 to 10 minutes on baking sheet
  10. Once cool, use your fingers and gently squeeze sliced apples to create a long strip. Ensure that apple slices are evenly distributed
  11. Gently roll apple slice strip into a tight spiral
  12. Transfer apple roses to a serving dish
  13. Garnish with mint or basil leaves (optional). Honey apple roses can be served right away or refrigerated up to overnight. They are delicious served cold or at room temperature
  14. If you prefer the look of a more open rose, you can gently press the apple petals starting from the middle and working out
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

*Note:  Apples consistently test positive for pesticide residue in the USDA’s annual produce analysis.  That is why I choose to purchase organic apples or buy them from a farmer that does not use pesticides.  Read more about pesticides and produce.

Simple variations for honey baked apple roses:

  • For a more rustic looking rose, do not remove apple peel prior to slicing into thin strips
  • For red roses, simmer 1 cup of hibiscus tea with honey in a medium saucepan until reduced to about 1 tablespoon of liquid.  Omit cinnamon and coat apple slices with hibiscus honey sauce prior to baking
  • Maple syrup can be used in place of honey to make the baked apple roses vegan

Other delicious grain-free desserts you may enjoy:

rose shaped paleo apple honey cake with mint garnish
paleo chocolate truffle cake
Paleo coconut macaroon recipe

Pin recipe for later:

baked apple roses are a beautiful rosh hashanah dessert

Nutrition information (per serving):

  • 52 calories
  • 2 g added sugar
  • 2 g fiber
  • 0 g protein
  • 0 g fat


  1. Hi there, just wondering how long these would keep? I will be making a rustic style wedding cake next autumn and think these would look great on it. ?

    • Hi Sarah! What a beautiful idea for a wedding cake!! These apple roses will keep 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Just make sure to store them already shaped into roses and flat in an air-tight container.

  2. So pretty! And so clean too! I love it.

  3. These look amazing! Such a great idea for a dessert for Rosh Hashanah! Delicious!

  4. These apple roses are so pretty! Love the step-by-step photos. They would look so perfect on top of an apple cake or cupcake!

  5. These are beautiful! Perfect for a ladies brunch or even for a girl’s tea party!

  6. I love how simple and beautiful these are! And it’s a great reminder about the use of pesticides – I confess I don’t always buy organic apples but I will remember to work harder to track them down!

  7. Oh my goodness those are beautiful! Love the step-by-step photos. I may actually try and pull these off!

  8. Those are stunning! Simply beautiful! What a fun treat to add for a holiday dinner!

  9. These are beautiful! They would be great on top of an apple cake.

  10. Jessica Formicola

    Such a pretty dessert! So perfect for fall!

  11. Jessica @ Small Bites by Jessica

    These are gorgeous and have me totally inspired. Let’s see if I have time to make them before Rosh Hashana! Shana Tova!

  12. Thanks so much Julie – the apple roses are definitely simple to make!

  13. These are beautiful and perfect for fall/apple season! I’ve seen this done with avocados but never apples. So great!

    • Thanks Mona! I have been on a bit of a “flower” kick lately. Peach roses on top of salad are another personal favorite!

  14. Wow! Love the simplicity of this. And they are so beautiful!! I almost wouldn’t want to eat them… though I say almost ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Deanna Segrave-Daly

    I made chocolate pear tarts like this last year and they were NOwhere near as beautiful as these!

  16. I love this idea! We celebrate Rosh Hashanah, too, and this is such a cute idea. My kids would love it.

  17. What a gorgeous dessert! These would be perfect for any holiday party or get together the next few months. Pinning for later

    • Thanks Chrissy! I am definitely already imagining how to use these apple honey roses in additional upcoming holiday desserts!

  18. Thank you so much Emily! I definitely had fun making them!

  19. Looks like such a simple and beautiful recipe! Definitely a crowd pleaser! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian

    These are so beautiful! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Rosh Hashanah

  21. Thanks Liz! I think they also might be delicious as the topping of a tart. They are so easy I may have to try a few different variations!

  22. These are really cute! My little sous chef would love these!

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