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Four caramel apple tartlets arranged on a baking tray for serving. Milk is in the background.

Caramel Apple Tartlets

  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Apple Tarts 1x


These caramel apple tartlets are super easy to make. They boast tender apple slices nestled in a flaky crust. Drizzled with salted caramel, they’re so delicious! Prep in 15 minutes then bake.


Units Scale
  • 2 Granny smith apples, medium-sized
  • 1 lemon (or lemon juice)
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten with splash of water
  • 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH: flaky sea salt


RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to  425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a reusable silicone baking mat. Chill it in the freezer until needed. Core and slice apples. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the top and toss.

  1. Lightly flour your work surface. Unfold the chilled dough. With a rolling pin, roll out the puff pastry sheets to a thickness of 1/4 inch. If at any point the puff pastry dough becomes warm, immediately stick it in back the fridge to chill. 
  2. Slice the sheet of pastry into 6 rectangles. With a pairing knife, gently score a 1/3-inch border around all 4 sides. Take care not to cut all the way down through the puff pastry dough. Transfer pieces to the lined baking tray, with 2 inches of space between.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture over the Danishes. Arrange sliced apples over the top. In a ramekin, whisk egg with a splash of water. Brush egg wash over the borders of each apple tart.
  4. Bake 15 to 17 minutes, or until pastry edges are golden blonde. Let apple tarts cool in the pan. If desired, garnish tartlets with a smear of warm melted butter mixed with cinnamon sugar, or a pinch of flaky sea salt. With the back of a spoon, drizzle zig-zags of caramel over the top. 


HOW TO THAW PUFF PASTRY: Thaw a wrapped or covered sheet of frozen puff pastry dough in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, or overnight. For tarts with a beautiful flaky crust, the dough must be cold but not frozen. The chilled dough should be pliable enough to roll and shape.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER DANISHES: Arrange apple puff pastry in an air-tight container with snap-on lid. To layer, separate pastries with parchment paper. Store in the fridge. They’ll maintain a good texture up to 2 days.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: Caramel Apple Tartlets, Puff Pastry Apple Tarts, Apple Puff Pastry, Apple Puff Pastry Squares