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Apple Napoleons

Apple Napoleons. A quick and easy dessert using frozen pastry and a few simple ingredients. Quick enough for weekday dinner or fancy enough for a dinner party.

Apple Napoleons close up photo on white plate.

Apple Napoleons.

These Apple Napoleons are a very quick and easy dessert that is great at any time of year. I most often make them when there is leftover phyllo pastry or puff pastry in the fridge.

Since these are so quick to make and apples are almost always on hand, this is a dessert you can have together in no time. With very few common ingredients, you may already have everything on hand that you need.

The photo shows Apple Napoleons made with phyllo pastry but we most often make them with puff pastry. I love the crisp layers of phyllo too but honestly, we use more frozen puff pastry in our house. It’s just so versatile. 

Apple Napoleons wide shot of entire pastry on white plate

Apple Napoleons

Do a search for puff pastry on this site and you will see just how versatile it can be from sweet to savoury recipes.

You can also make these Apple Napoleons using our Shortcut Puff Pastry recipe. That will impress your guests even more!

15 Minute Shortcut Puff Pastry

These take only a few minutes to prepare and are easy enough for a weekday supper and fancy enough to serve at a dinner party. Just don’t forget a scoop of good vanilla bean ice cream. It’s the perfect accompaniment to this simple but delicious dish.

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Originally published Sept 2008, updated photos, recipe and nutritional information March 2019.

Apple Napoleons close up photo on white plate.
Yield: 8 servings

Apple Napoleons

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Apple Napoleons. A quick and easy dessert using frozen pastry and a few simple ingredients. Quick enough for weekday dinner or fancy enough for a dinner party.


  • 4 large sheets phyllo pastry
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 large apples
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar



Brush a layer of phyllo pastry with melted butter, then sprinkle with a mixture of the cinnamon and sugar.

Stack another later of phyllo pastry on top, brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar again and repeat fro the remaining layers. 

Cut the stacked layers into 12 equal sized rectangles and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for about 7 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack until ready to assemble the desserts.


Peel and cut into thick slices

In a large skillet melt the butter.

Add the cinnamon and light brown sugar

Cook until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbly.

Add the apples and sauté until the apples are just fork tender but not mushy.

Remove the apples from the sauce.

At this point, depending on the juice content of your apples, you may have to continue to boil the sauce to reduce it to a slightly thickened consistency.

Spoon the apples over one layer of pastry and drizzle with a little of the sauce.

Add another layer of pastry and filling and top with a final pastry rectangle.

Top with a final layer of pastry and a drizzle of sauce. Great served with good vanilla ice cream.


Note, these are large pastries that we mostly share. If you want to make a smaller version, just cut the rectangles of pastry in half before baking.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 354Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 46mgSodium 182mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 6gSugar 38gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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