You’ll love this quick and easy caramel apple tart, made in just 10 minutes hands on time! It’s perfectly flaky and filled with warm, gooey caramel over sliced apples – what’s not to love?

This is a shortcut apple tart that’s made with store bought puff pastry. It truly couldn’t be any easier… it’s a no-fuss fall dessert that everyone will love!

Get the simple ingredients and the easy step by step recipe to bring this delicious treat into your own kitchen.

A caramel apple tart topped with chopped nuts
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I’m never in a rush to let summer go, but I do love all the flavors of fall. ‘Tis the season for everything apple, and I’m always happy to oblige in enjoying one of my favorite fruits.

As fall approaches, I look forward to our annual apple picking adventures and utilizing them in our fall baking. I’m joining friends and colleagues today to share some of our favorite apple recipes to savor the season!

I adapted my ever popular easy apple tart recipe to incorporate another one of my favorite fall flavors – caramel. It’s always a crowd pleaser, resulting in requests for the recipe… and it’s also deceivingly easy to make.

You can make this caramel apple tart from scratch with homemade puff pastry or cheat (like I do) and purchase frozen puff pastry sheets. I promise you won’t even know the difference!

You can also top it with my homemade salted caramel sauce or opt to warm a jar of caramel…I won’t judge!

Why You’ll Love this Caramel Apple Tart

  • Deceptively Easy
  • Pretty Enough for Guests
  • The BEST Fall Flavors
  • Great Use of Apples
  • Smells Incredible

I’m such a fan of cozy fall baking and all the flavors that come along with it. Don’t miss my incredible round up of the 35 BEST Quick Bread Recipes and my complete Apple Recipe Guide!

A caramel apple tart topped with chopped nuts.

Caramel Apple Tart Ingredients

  • Puff Pastry Sheet – thawed per package instructions
  • Large Apples – sliced thin
  • Brown sugar – packed (dark brown or light brown)
  • Caramel Sauce – bottled or homemade
  • Chopped Pecans – optional, but these add a delightful crunch.

Variations

  • Use pears instead of apples for another amazing fall spin.
  • Use your favorite jarred caramel sauce, or make your own salted caramel sauce!
  • Don’t love pecans? Try almonds or walnuts instead.

How to Make this Caramel Apple Tart

  1. Preheat oven as directed. Roll out your puff pastry on parchment paper and slice your apples. A sheet of puff pastry rolled onto parchment paper
  2. Line it with sliced apples. Sliced apples in rows for a caramel apple tart, before it goes into the oven Sliced apples in rows for a caramel apple tart, before it goes into the oven
  3. Sprinkle it with a little brown sugar. A hand holding a cup of brown sugar over a sheet of sliced apples
  4. Add a few cracks of salt for good measure. A hand grinding salt over a caramel apple tart before going into the oven
  5. Top it with nuts for fall flavor! A fresh caramel apple tart before it goes into the oven. A fresh caramel apple tart before it goes into the oven.
  6. Bake as directed. Remove from oven and drizzle with caramel. Best served warm.

Tips

  • I don’t peel my apples, but you certainly can if you prefer! You can dice them for this recipe, or it’s pretty with sliced apples as well.
  • Apple sizes and slices can be confusing! This recipe suggests 2 large apples, sliced. Keep in mind that it’s flexible – you can use more or less!
  • Three medium apples generally amounts to approximately 2 – 2.5 cups (or approximately a pound in weight). Three medium apples will be equivalent to two large apples.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples for baking?

Jonathan
Honeycrisp
Granny Smith
Braeburn
Golden Delicious
Gala
Pink Lady

How do I know if my puff pastry is ready?

Look for golden, slightly puffed edges on your puff pastry desserts. Baking times are always just guidelines, so keep an eye on it – especially if you know your oven runs hot!

Serving Suggestions

Serve this caramel apple tart on its own, or top it with something to make it even more decadent! Your call.

How to Store Apple Crisp

  • Room Temperature – Leave out at room temperature for up to two hours.
  • Refrigerator – Store this apple crisp for up to a week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • Freezer – Cover tightly and freeze apple crisp for up to three months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then warm in the oven for up to 30 minutes.

Nutritional Considerations

  • Vegetarian
  • To Make it Gluten Free – to make this recipe gluten free, choose a gluten free puff pastry.
  • To Make it Dairy Free – choose a vegan puff pastry.
  • Nut Free – simple eliminate the nuts in the topping!

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A caramel apple tart, topped with caramel and chopped nuts
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Caramel Apple Tart

 Quick and easy caramel apple tart on a flaky puff pastry crust!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 15
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Ingredients  

  • 1 puff pastry sheet thawed per package instructions
  • 2 large apples (approximately 2 – 2.5 cups) sliced thin
  • cup brown sugar packed (dark brown or light brown)
  • 6 ounces caramel sauce bottled or homemade
  • ½ cup chopped pecans optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place your puff pastry on a sheet pan {I use parchment for ease of removing the tart later}.
  • Line your apples along the inside of the puff pastry.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar over apples and a few cracks of sea salt with optional pecans. 
  • Bake 20 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and top with caramel sauce. Best served warm.

Tips

  • Serve immediately for best results.
  • I don’t peel my apples, but you certainly can if you prefer! You can dice them for this recipe, or it’s pretty with sliced apples as well.
  • This recipe suggests 2 large apples, sliced. Keep in mind that it’s flexible – you can use more or less!
  • Three medium apples generally amounts to approximately 2 – 2.5 cups (or approximately a pound in weight). Three medium apples will be equivalent to two large apples.
Serving: 1slice | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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3 Comments

  1. I love how simple this recipe sounds for something so delicious looking! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  2. Love this recipe idea! What a great go-to for an impromptu fall dessert. Plus, it’s drizzled with caramel!? As Ina would say, “how bad can that be?”

    xo Michael

  3. How could something so simple be so beautiful??? This is going to become one of my go-to’s, I want to give it a try with other fruit too! Love the caramel touch 🙂 perfect!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!