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Apple Cinnamon Twists

Apple Cinnamon Twists made with frozen puff pastry sheets and served with hot chocolate dip | thefirstyearblog.com
On Friday it was 90 degrees and crazy humid. It was the kind of humidity where you either consciously decide to not do your hair or you borrow your husband’s hat to cover up all those crazy frilly fly-aways. Either way, it’s a lost cause and I label it a bad hair day. Now let’s jump to Saturday, and all I can say is hello fall! While I am not quite ready to fully embrace the fall weather, we had a great weekend, and were able to spend time with Ryan’s family. We filled them up with delicious food and I am pretty sure I ate enough espresso brownies to last me a month. We introduced Ryan’s parents to the game Farkel, it’s a dice game where you try to roll different combinations to be the first person to reach ten thousands points. Ryan’s parents were the victorious winners, so we dubbed them the king and queen of farkel and made jokes that royalty was visiting us. Have you played farkel?

Apple Cinnamon Twists made with frozen puff pastry sheets and served with hot chocolate dip | thefirstyearblog.com
On Sunday we visited the apple orchard and loaded up on apple donuts, apple fritters, and apple cider. Before we went picking, we were brainstorming all sorts of dishes we could make using the apples we were going to pick. Then we get out to the apple trees and find out that the orchard was already sold out of honey crisp apples, such a bummer because those are my fav. I thought I was ahead of the game going to the orchard so early in September, but I guess other people had honey crisp apples on their mind. Although we left the orchard without any apples, I had an idea for a recipe that uses the next best thing – apple pie spice – plus cinnamon and chocolate. Mmmm I’m sold.

Apple Cinnamon Twists made with frozen puff pastry sheets and served with hot chocolate dip | thefirstyearblog.com
This is the perfect fall snack, and I bet its a lot healthier than the 7 brownies I ate this weekend. This recipe is super simple with only 7 ingredients – this could be whipped up before your kiddos come home from school or as a fun after dinner dessert.

Apple Cinnamon Twists made with frozen puff pastry sheets and served with hot chocolate dip | thefirstyearblog.com

Apple Cinnamon Twists

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 box ready-to-bake puff pastry (found in the freezer section)
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper. Mix the apple pie spice and cinnamon together.
  2. Use as many ready-to-bake puff pastry sheets as you’d like (usually 2 come in a package). Thaw the sheets as directed on the package. Once thawed, cut the sheets into even strips, about 5 & 1/2 inches long and a little less than an inch wide.
  3. Brush both sides of the puff pastry with the beaten egg and generously sprinkle with the apple cinnamon mixture.
  4. Twist each strip 3 to 4 times and bake for 10 minutes until golden crisp.
  5. For the hot chocolate dip: In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the heavy cream and chocolate chips. Stir occasionally until the chocolate melts. Transfer the hot chocolate to a small ramekin for dipping.

Recipe inspired by Yummy from Caroline Brewester.


Apple Cinnamon Twists made with frozen puff pastry sheets and served with hot chocolate dip | thefirstyearblog.com
I’m trying to hang onto the summer sun for as long as I can, it could be 80 degrees all September and I would be perfectly happy. But the one place I will happily embrace fall is in my kitchen :)

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  1. OH I LOVE FARKEL! I usually trumpet over the hubs so he isn’t as big of a fan of that game as I am ;)
    These apple twists look so delish!! We need to make these soon. Pinned!

  2. These look delicious. I am already missing the long summer days, but the weather has been so nice the last few days with fall like temperatures and sunny blue skies I am ready to enjoy Fall.

  3. These look so delicious. What a fun treat they would be.

  4. It was the same weather here! Wait, where do you live? Are you close to St Louis??

  5. I can’t wait to get to our local apple orchard! So many great apple recipes that I want to try!

  6. These twists look amazing! I would eat them all :)

  7. I haven’t played farkel, but I’ve heard about it, I’ll have to check it out. These little apple cinnamon twists look like the perfect, easy to make fall dessert! So cute!

  8. I have been holding out from going to the orchard because I thought I’d be the only one there…. now I know that I have to go ASAP. I cannot miss picking fresh honey crisps – they’re the best ;). And so are these apple cinnamon twists. YUMMY!

  9. Hey what a neat idea! I love this! They look so cute rolled up in that little package… and dipped in chocolate! Wow!

  10. LOVE the idea of adding apple pie spice – these look addictive.

  11. We play a game called Mississippi Marbles that sounds just like Farkel…I wonder if they are similar. These little cinnamon twists are so cute and I’m sure I would eat way too many dipped in chocolate. Yum!

  12. Beth, these apple cinnamon twists look delicious! And I love the game Farkel….we always play it when we visit family! :)

  13. It finally cooled off here too and we are sooo enjoying it!!

  14. Oh my gosh… they look so good – and easy!

  15. We’re going apple picking this weekend, I may just have to make these apple twists tonight to get me in the apple mindset. LOVE these!

  16. Oh my gosh.. farkel is so fun!

    This cinnamon twists would be perfect to munch on during that game.. or basically anytime!

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