Apple Dumplings


Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings
50 Min

Our recipe for easy homemade Apple Dumplings is inspired by the traditional apple dumplings that are still so popular in the Amish areas of Pennsylvania. This recipe sure is a keeper, especially when paired with a big ol' scoop of ice cream.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 rolled refrigerated pie crust (from a 15-ounce package)
  • 4 small or 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored (see Note)

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the water, white sugar, vanilla, 1 tablespoon butter, and the nutmeg over high heat. Bring to a boil for 1 minute; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining 1 tablespoon butter; mix well.
  4. Unroll pastry and cut into quarters. Stuff each apple cavity with an equal amount of brown sugar mixture and place on a pastry quarter. Fold pastry up around apples and pinch ends together to completely enclose apples. Place dumplings seam-side down in an 8-inch square baking dish and pour sugar sauce over the top.
  5. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm, drizzled with sugar glaze from bottom of baking dish.


  • Small apples work great for this recipe but they’re not always available, so go ahead and use the regular-sized ones cut in half.
  • Refrigerated pie crust provides a shortcut to this old-fashioned favorite.  

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Did You Know?

An apple dumpling is a pastry commonly found in the northeastern United States going all the way back to at least the eighteenth century. It's particularly popular in Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Until about the mid-nineteenth century, most dumpling recipes were boiled, not baked like many recipes call for today. Some people love eating this fall specialty as a sweet breakfast treat, or they'll save it to serve alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert! Either way, it's sure to hit the spot.







Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 629
  • Calories from Fat 283
  • Total Fat 31g 48 %
  • Saturated Fat 14g 72 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 0.5g 1 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 37mg 12 %
  • Sodium 607mg 25 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 90g 30 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8 %
  • Sugars 35g 0 %

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Are you kidding? I was not even looking for deserts and I spotted this. I am not sure if this is my lucky day or if I should go back to bed. I definitely do not need this, but I will be making them tomorrow! So from the comments, I see there is a red hot sauce that you can make to go with it. Is it like divine? Is it something that is a must make to go with the apple dumplings or is it more for kids?

We love these apple dumplings. Made several times with no changes. Always tastes great.

Copy recipe and paste in Word, edit to your liking, then print in black or color. You can eliminate a lot, change to a font that uses less ink and use a smaller font, also set your printer to a less ink status.

Delish! My children were sad there wasn't more.

Is there some way to print recipes without the pictures? Takes up too much ink.

This tasted great! My daughter and I had a great time making it and it was our first time. We doubled the sugar recipe ( I like a lot of sauce). Making it again over the weekend!!!

Years ago I was in restaurant business. There was an aple dumpling product that had a red cinnamon sauce to go over the partially cooked dumplings. It was awesome. Does anyone know how to make a sauce like that? It waas kind of candy like and flavor similar to red hot candies, but not quite. Thanks

Where is your recipe? Pearl

the red-hot cinnamon sauce i know of is 2c water, 1/2 c 'red hots', 2 tblsp corn starch, 1/2 c cool water. bring water, sugar, red hots to boil. reduce to simmer, mix 1/2 c water and corn starch well. slowly pour cornstarch mix into simmering red hot mixture stir until smooth and all red hots have melted... letting red hots melt in water overnight assures you will have all cinnamon candies melted

Thanks! I remember this now! As a kid, my aunt used to make this red hot cinnamon sauce!

Yes the sauce is also used for Country French Toast...It is red hot candies in a sauce pan, with a little water...Cook it down to a syrup and if used with for french toast add apples to the mix...I have used this many times for breakfast and it is awesome....Good luck..

Do a "Google Search" for "Apple Dumpling Red Hot cinnamon Sauce". I think you'll be happy you did..... ')

I remember what my mother called the topping - she called it "hard sauce", even though it wasn't really a sauce, but a "butter" that melted on the warm dumplings.

My mother used to make a "butter" to put on her apple dumplings that was out of this world. Unfortunately, I don't have the recipe. Is anyone familiar with this? If so, would you be willing to share the recipe? It was light brown in color, she would cut in squares, just like pats of butter. It had a delicious cinnamon - brown sugar taste to it. I will be forever grateful if you do.

I made this for out special treat after lunch. It was so easy and everyone loved it. I forgot to get whipped cream so I used a couple of tablespoons of vanilla ice cream on top while they were still hot and steamy from the oven. It was fantastic! Thanks, Mr. Food. Even I can do this one.

nice but I was looking for homemade like with flour not canned bisquits was trying 2 figure out do I need all purpose flour or self rising,ty though :)*

Just make a simple pie crust and in case the apple in that.

Oh, yeah...making this recipe tomorrow for our anniversary!

For printing recipes.....I always right click on the photo; 'copy image' and save to a Word document. I then highlight the recipe, cut and paste into your document. Do not hit any other keys.......At the end of the document is a clipboard icon. Right click and select 'Keep Text Only'. It will remove all advertisements and 'junk' that copied over. If you hit the space bar or any other key the icon disappears! Now you have a beautiful recipe to print!

This is fine for Windows. I worked in Word, etc. for more than 20 yrs. I now use Linux and I am a "Newbie". In Linux it is called LibreOffice Writer. Anyhoo, I am going to make this recipe. I just copy and paste then send it to myself the to a folder marked Desserts. To Mistypoo, yes, it is your computer. To Camron Conley: Just use your regular pie crust recipe. By the way, I have been cooking for more than 50 years.

if you use the "print" button above the recipe, it brings up a dialog box and you can chose to not print header and footers and then to print only page 1. if you do this, the only thing you miss is the "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!" which would end up on page 2. :)

Have of the words are blocked out so therefore the receipes are no good. Is it jsut me?


You can control which page prints in the print dialogue box just tell it to print page 1 instead of all pages.

I made these for me and my husband tonight and they were delicious! I've always wanted to try Apple Dumplings since me and my sisters used to watch the movie "The Apple Dumpling Gang" :) These tasted great. I did not have a refrigerated pie crust, so I used Mr. Food's Pie Crust Recipe instead (recipe titled 'My Own Pie Crust') and it turned out really well, I just had to roll it out really thin and it worked. Great recipe and I wouldn't mind making again.

I have made a similar dessert. I core an apple and melt a small amount of butter and roll the apple in it. Then roll it in a mixture of splenda and cinnamon. Next unroll a refrigerator pie crust, and cut to fit the apple(according to the size of the apple). Sit the apple in the center of crust, use a spoon and put an tablespoon of the splenda and cinnamon mixture into core opening. Pull the crust up and over the apple and tuck into top center hole( sprinkle remaining cinnamon mix around the outside of your crust. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes or until golden brown to your liking. Let cool 10 minutes and dig in or share with a friend or loved one..

These are sooooogood! But to make them even BETTER; substitute code red mt.dew or reg. mt.dew for the water content! Make sure to let them cool before serving.

Mr Food you always have the best & easist recipes ever

mr food your the greatrest


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