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Celebrate the season with a quick and easy puff pastry Apple Tart that makes its own buttery and cinnamon caramel sauce. A mini, individual dessert that’s utterly simple to make.
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These mini puff pastry apple tarts are the easiest fall dessert you’ll make this season.
With store-bought pastry and 4 additional ingredients, they are a special treat that tastes like the best of apple pie.
In individual sizes.
Think… the holidays, teatime, harvest parties, a cozy evening by the fire… or whenever you’re craving an easy treat for apple season.
What to Love About This Apple Tart Recipe
These mini puff pastry apple tarts are the easiest fall dessert you’ll ever make.
- This 5 ingredient treat is 100% simple.
- Flavors of apple pie without the work or baking time.
- Easy, simple individual treats festive enough for the holidays or harvest parties.
Apple Tart Ingredient
Specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a summary of what you will need.
- Frozen puff pastry tart shells, thawed (I used Pepperidge Farm)
- Brown Sugar
- Fresh Apples
- Toasted Nuts (if desired)
Topping Ideas for Puff Pastry Apple Tarts
While you don’t have to top them at all, they are extra special when adding a little something. I love freshly whipped cream or even a spray of whipped topping. But ice cream is especially nice too.
And don’t forget to perch the puff pastry top over the apples to finish your “mini” creation.
A sprinkling of coarse sea salt brings out the apple flavor and toasted nuts give it a delightful crunch.
How to Make These Apple Tarts
In summary, these puff pastry Apple Tarts are made in two steps. The puff pastry shells are baked unfilled and the apple filling is cooked on the stovetop.
Step 1: Bake the Shells
Follow the package instructions for the tart shells. Most often an oven is pre-heated to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then lightly brush the tops of the shells with an egg wash.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or according to package instructions. You want the shells puffed and golden brown in color. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
Step 2: Cook the Filling
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter. Once melted, stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Then add the chopped apples. Saute until soft; about 12 to 15 minutes.
Step 3: Assemble the Tarts
With a sharp knife, remove the “tops” of the baked tart shells carefully and set them aside.
Fill each shell with a generous amount of apple filling. In the bottom of the skillet will be a delicious cinnamon caramel sauce. Take a spoon and drizzle the apple-filled tarts with this sauce. Sprinkle toasted nuts over the tarts with a pinch of sea salt. Top with freshly whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
FAQs: Apple Tart
Choose a variety that works well for apple pie and you can’t go wrong! The best apples for baking, including making an apple pie, are Cortlands, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Ida Red.
Because the apple filling is soft and juicy, these tarts are best made within the day they are served. However, you can bake the puff pastry tarts up to a day ahead and have them ready for filling.
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Mini Puff Pastry Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce
- 1 package frozen puff pastry tarts thawed
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 apples chopped (peeled or unpeeled)
- 1/4 cup toasted nuts walnuts, pecans, or almonds
- coarse sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Follow puff pastry package instructions to pre-bake the tart shells. I used Pepperidge Farm brand and lightly brushed the tops of the shells with an egg wash. I then baked the shells for 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown in color. Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple of minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter. Once melted, stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Then add the chopped apples. Saute until soft; about 12 to 15 minutes.
- With a sharp knife, remove the "tops" of the tart shells carefully and set them aside.
- Fill each shell with the apple filling. In the bottom of the skillet will be a delicious cinnamon caramel sauce. Take a spoon and drizzle the apple-filled tarts with this sauce. Sprinkle toasted nuts on top with a pinch of sea salt. Top with freshly whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.