Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares with a Chocolate Caramel Drizzle

Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares with a Chocolate Caramel Drizzle

When it’s time for dessert, and you want to impress but not spend hours in the kitchen preparing, then these rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares are just what the dessert doctor ordered.

Apple Puff Pastry Squares

When it comes to elegant desserts that don’t take a lot of time or effort to put together, these Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares take advantage of one of the best products you can purchase in the supermarket, frozen puff pastry sheets.

Apple Puff Pastry Squares with Chocolate Drizzle

Another convenience product I used to make this recipe fast and easy comes from the ice cream topping section of the grocery store. With two simple jars of hot fudge and caramel sauce, you can drizzle until your heart’s content once the sauces are warmed in the microwave.

Apple Puff Pastry Squares with Caramel Drizzle

Whether you decide to serve these Apple Puff Pastry Squares, with or without your favorite ice cream flavor is up to you. Either way, you choose, you’ll be hearing applause from your family and friends, so you’d better be ready to take a bow!

Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares

Ready to see for yourself just how easy these Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares with a Chocolate Caramel Drizzle are to make? Good. Let’s get started. This recipe makes 8 squares.

Start by peeling, coring and slicing (¼” thickness), 3 pink lady apples (or your favorite variety). In a medium bowl, squeeze the juice of ½ lemon over the apple slices to prevent browning, and toss to coat. Set aside while preparing the puff pastry and the cream cheese filling.

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Gently roll the puff pastry sheets so the creases from the folds are no longer visible. Use a knife of pizza cutter to divide the dough into 4 equal squares. Transfer the puff pastry squares to a parchment lined baking sheet. Set aside while preparing the filling. In a medium bowl, add 1 block (8 ounces) softened cream cheese, pure vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and ½ cup of marshmallow fluff.

Making Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares

Blend the filling ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Dollop approximately 2-3 tablespoon in the center of each puff pastry square.

Hot to make puff pastry squares.

Spread the filling over the pastry, leaving an approximate ½” border on all sides. Lay the prepared apple slices on top of the cream cheese filling mixture and sprinkle the top of the apples with granulated sugar. 

Making Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares

Bake the squares in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, rotating the baking sheets half way through the baking. Remove the baked squares from the oven, and cool completely. Once cooled, use a fork to drizzle warmed hot fudge and caramel sauce over the pastry and top with flaked sea salt, if desired. Serve plain or with your favorite ice cream.

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When it's time for dessert, and you want to impress but not spend hours in the kitchen preparing, then these Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares with a Chocolate Caramel Drizzle are just what the dessert doctor ordered.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 8 squares
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen puff pastry sheets (1 box), thawed
  • 3 pink lady apples (or your favorite varietal), peeled, cored, and sliced into ¼" thickness
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, (½ a lemon)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup marshmallow fluff
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 jar hot fudge sauce
  • 1 jar caramel sauce
  • flaked sea salt, optional
  • ice cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Prepare the apple slices by tossing them in a bowl with the fresh lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. Gently roll the puff pastry sheets so the fold lines no longer are visible.
  4. Use a knife or pizza wheel to cut each sheet into 4 equal size squares.
  5. Transfer the squares onto parchment lined baking sheets. Set aside.
  6. In a medium size bowl, blend together the cream cheese, vanilla, cinnamon, and marshmallow fluff until smooth and creamy.
  7. Dollop approximately 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into the center or each square and spread the filling evenly making sure to leave a ½ border around each side.
  8. Place the apple slices in a single layer over the cream cheese mixture on each pastry square.
  9. Sprinkle the tops of the apples evenly with the granulated sugar.
  10. Bake the pastry in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, making sure to rotate the baking sheets half way through the baking.
  11. Remove the baked, puffed pastry from the oven and cool completely.
  12. Once the apple pastry has cooled, microwave the chocolate and caramel sauces (according to the directions on the jars), and drizzle the sauces over the cooled apple slices using a fork.
  13. Sprinkle the top of each pastry with a light amount of flaked sea salt (if desired).
  14. Serve plain, or with a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
Notes
Tools and equipment:

2 Baking sheets
Parchment paper
Apple slicer, corer or a chefs knife and cutting board
Hand mixer
Ice cream scoop (optional)
Microwave oven
fork
rolling pin
knife or offset spatula

Rustic Apple Puff Pastry Squares

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8 Comments

  1. Puff pasty is one of the best items to have on hand! This looks a quick and easy dessert for weeknights and fancy enough for company!

  2. Puff pastry sheets are one of the best inventions ever. I love how elegant this dessert looks and so easy it is to put together. It’s definitely perfect for holiday entertaining.

  3. I need to do more with puff pastry! It seems so versatile. And these look incredible!

  4. The ice cream on top is perfect! This looks amazing!

  5. I adore puff pastry, it’s seriously a weakness! These squares look divine!

  6. Puff pastry with fruit is the BEST! These are perfect!