I seem to be really enjoying mini desserts these days. Friday I shared my recipe for cookie dough cups, which also happen to be mini. I have a love/hate relationship with mini desserts. In my head I think, “it’s mini so it’s not so bad for me.” Then I actually eat my first one and think, “one is just not enough.” One of these apple pie pinwheels is no where near enough. If you try one, you might as well just eat the whole batch (I won’t tell).
If you could imagine eating an apple pie, without a fork ,and without a mess, this recipe is your dream come true. I personally think the ratios are spot on but if you wanted to you could probably squeeze some more apple slices inside.
I also kept the skin on my apples because I thought it gave it a nice rustic look 😉 You don’t have to keep yours on. By the pictures you can probably tell how thin I sliced my apples. It’s probably only a little thinker than a piece of paper. You want it to be thin enough so when you go to roll up the puff pastry the apples allow you to roll.
I would eat an apple pin pinwheel for breakfast lunch and dinner. I’m serious! Who made the rules stating that breakfast foods could only be pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, eggs, sausage, etc. Why do we say we’re eating breakfast for dinner? Why can’t we just be having pancakes for dinner. Food rules are silly.
Lets all break the rules and have a salad for breakfast OR a steak! Would that mean I’m eating dinner for breakfast. We’ll call it dinfest. <— kind of catchy. BUT anyway back to the apple pin pinwheels. They’re the perfect bite sized treat.
The puff pastry is so delicate and flaky. When you combine it with cinnamon and apples you basically have heaven. How many bites of heaven will you enjoy? 😉
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 tbs. butter, melted
- 1 tbs. granulated sugar
- 1 tbs. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 medium honey crisp apple, thinly sliced*
- 1 tbs. cinnamon sugar
- In a small bowl melt butter in microwave.
- Add sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla; mix until combined.
- Evenly spread the cinnamon mixture onto the puff pastry.
- Top the cinnamon layer with the thinly sliced apples.
- Cover with cinnamon sugar.
- Roll up the puff pastry into a log.
- Cut into 20 evenly sized pinwheels.
- Place pinwheels on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes**.
- * I cut mine using my mandoline slicer.
- ** Best enjoyed while warm.