Scrumptious Apple Dumplings

Take a break from apple pie this holiday season and surprise your guests with these delicious apple dumplings. This dumpling recipe could be the best comfort food you’ve ever eaten!

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This recipe serves 4 but you could very easy double or triple this recipe to serve 8 or 12!

It helps to have a food processor but you can substitute with a blender or even a potato smasher if you don’t have one.

These apple dumplings are an elegant and beautiful alternative to pie (but then again, so is this delicious apple pie smoothie).

Prep Time: 25 minutes (add a little extra time to chill your dough).

Bake Time: 50 min – 1 hr. Watch it after 50… some ovens cook a little faster.

If you’d like a German-style remix of this recipe (perhaps for an Oktoberfest celebration), try our southern German Dampfnudel, another sweet dumpling treat. Or, for something even more different, savor our caramel apple scones recipe.

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Apple Dumplings
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Prep Time
25 minutes
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50 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Dumplings
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 in stick of butter (don't soften just cut up butter into 1cubes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 small baking apples peeled cored and halved, we like Granny Smith but Gala Apples are fine too!
  • raisins optional
  • walnuts or pecans optional
  • Vanilla ice cream or cool whip for dolloping on top
Extra Syrup
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • teaspoon cinnamon
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Instructions
Dumplings
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a food processor and mix together the butter, flour and salt until it crumbs. Sprinkle into the food processor about 1/2 cup water until dough forms.
  2. Separate the dough into four equal pieces and flatten them into circles. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle some flour on a cool surface and roll out each circle until its about 9 inch round.
  3. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small glass bowl. Put half an apple in the center of a dough circle. Put one fourth of the cinnamon sugar mixture in the apple and place the other half of the apple on top. Wrap the dough around the apple and pinch the dough together on top to seal it up.
  4. Place the dumplings on a lightly greased baking sheet, seam side down. Bake until light golden about 50 minutes to an hour. Transfer to plates while it is still warm. Serve with ice cream or cool whip. For a little extra sizzle add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top. Apple Dumpling Syrup
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Extra Syrup
  1. Not everyone wants extra syrup on their Apple Dumplings but we do! Here's a simple recipe for some extra syrup
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter on medium heat. Don't brown it, just melt it. Then add the brown sugar and cinnamon and let them melt.
  3. Spoon over the ice cream or your Apple Dumpling.
Recipe Notes

A nice traditional recipe that you can top with vanilla ice cream for something extra special.

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About Lynne Jaques

Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!

30 thoughts on “Scrumptious Apple Dumplings”

  1. Mmmm, apple dumplings are one of my favorite ‘fair foods’ – the Renaissance festival near me used to have these fabulous, gigantic ones! I’ve never considered making them at home, but this recipe looks really easy to follow. I might just have to add this to the holiday to-do list. It’d be an interesting thing to bring to a holiday dinner or potluck, too – a little bit out of the ordinary!

  2. Interesting recipe! This kind of reminds me of the handheld apple pies that you can get at McDonalds, but this recipe would definitely be more tastier than that fast food. This seems like a pretty novel way to enjoy something crumbly with an apple filling, and it looks like it’s worth it to add to my Christmas dinner list. Thanks!

  3. These look so wonderful. I think they are a great alternative to apple pie. I have to confess that I got a bit tired of pies after the Thanksgiving festivities. These dumplings look like the perfect dish to get me back in the baking mood. Thanks for the lovely recipe.

  4. I don’t think that I have ever had any kind of fruit dumpling before, but these sound really good and easy. We have a party to attend this weekend and I am tasked with bringing dessert. I think I am going to give this a try for the occasion.

  5. This looks delicious, but I’m a little confused. Is it worth the extra effort to roll out and stuff individual pastries? If you are going to bake it in a casserole dish this way, why not just bake it like a cobbler? Seems like it would be easier and less fuss that way.

  6. This is the ultimate torture to my taste senses, never indulged in apple dumplings before and suddenly my interest to make them is soaring on high, am especially keen on the extra syrup making part of the recipe, another recipe noted down ;).

  7. Ahh Lynne, Lynne, must you torment me so??

    As a true foodie, I have a love-hate relationship with this blog, let me tell you. As always, the pictures are gorgeous, they alone are a feast for the eyes, ugh!

    And apple dumplings? Hello, I **SO** could go for some of this right now, but currently I don’t have many of the ingredients that I need for this recipe, nor the finances necessary to go to the grocery store, bring the ingredients home and whip up this fabulous looking dish. And the extra syrup!! Are you kidding me?! Fabulous!

    • Totally agree with you on this Cuuki, i’m beginning to see that all the weight i worked so hard at losing this year doing a turn around spin back at me, i mean, with all these wonderful recipes, one is absolutely spoilt for choice, hours on end in the kitchen, munching away and somehow curling up on the sofa like a well-fed cat…how else won’t all that weight spring back up on me {raised eyebrows}?…anyway, the key is; everything in moderation!

      • @dianethare Yes, these are very wonderful recipes on this site, and the pictures are gorgeous. Just beautiful. This site makes me want to stay in my kitchen all day and cook and then blog about it, and I don’t even have a cooking blog!!

  8. Come to think of it, I’ve never made apple dumplings at home. I think this might be a good thing to try though, because I have a friend whose Kryptonite is warm apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream melting around it. I’ll definitely be adding the nuts for that as she loves them nice and crispy and covered in that extra syrup.

  9. Mmm, these look delicious! Another idea would be to serve them with custard – although vanilla ice cream is the perfect accompaniment.

  10. What a delicious & ridiculously simple recipe. I love something that tries to utilize every aspect of the fruit. Why in the world would you shave a fruit you do not have to? Concerned about pesticides? Try an organic fruit. Geez.

  11. As a kid growing up with a family that embraced Thanksgiving, I always had the aroma of apple pie in my house. These however top that, and I feel as if I can smell them through my screen. I will definitely give this recipe to make sure these are at the next feast!

  12. That looks absolutely delicious. I love apple pie a la mode. This is such an unique take on that, I’ll definitely be trying it out soon

  13. I will definitely be taking advantage of this recipe. Because they are dumplings, I can easily portion it and only eat what I want. Making a pie, although I can cut it, if its not eaten quickly, they tend to go bad in my house. Thanks for this recipe!

  14. I like it! Reminds me of a bread pudding that’s leaning toward the apple side of things. I imagine, in a jam, you could supplement something Pillsbury in place of the homemade dumplings? Not that I would commit such a horrific sin but there are those times I’m out of time.

  15. This is different and a good alternative to apple pie. The look of the dumpling is quite appealing. It is amazing that I only add the syrup in the middle and the baking does the rest. I am like you, the extra syrup will definitely be used.
    The dough instructions help because you said it should crumble before adding the water. Then the chilling. I need your details and you are making me a better cook and baker.

    • I agree. All of the tips and tricks here are really enlightening. I’ve learned a lot here, and hope to incorporate some of these recipes, ideas, and tips into my cooking and baking.

      I love tried and true recipes with added tips for perfecting the results. It’s the little things that make recipes the best, and this is another one that looks quite delicious. One of my kids loves apples, so this should be a hit.

  16. The picture reminds me of a bread pudding, yum. I just made some baked apples the other day, and this sounds similar, with the addition of some yummy dough, which of course I love. I’ve never made dumplings, but this is one recipe that looks manageable, and delicious, to boot!

  17. I’ve heard of these but I have not tried them yet. Oh, no the dumplings. Sweets are a weakness. I love them. Now these things are with dough. They just look so delicious.

  18. How cool, I saw a similar recipe on my Facebook newsfeed today. The difference is that that one’s claiming to only have 2 ingredients but that’s because cinnamon was optional. It makes a big difference though. A friend made this for last NYE’s dinner and it would have been less amazing without the cinnamon.

    She’s also made a peaches and apricot version which was heavenly so I suggest for everyone to do the same.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  19. Mmm… those looks very tasty! My grandmother makes some amazing apple dumplings and even though I have her recipe I can never make them as good as her. She has a secret touch or a special ingredient, or maybe just more love! 😛 Thanks for sharing!

  20. This looks wonderful! I might try it this weekend. I’ve made something similar before using Fireball whiskey liqueur to flavour the apples. It’s cinnamon-y and tastes really warm so it’s perfect for winter. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I can’t stand apple pie, but for some reason, I love apple dumplings! LOL I’m not sure why. This recipe sounds so yummy! The addition of walnuts, which are my favorite nuts, make it even more appealing. I’ve got to try this one!

  22. Definitely will be adding this in for the holiday season. This is my first year cooking all on my own for both Christmas and Thanksgiving. I’ve been scourging the Internet for new and simple ideas and this is the best yet. I’m excited to try it, it looks scrumptious and simple.

  23. Interesting take on apple dumplings, they look delicious! I love apple deserts but I get bored of apple pie pretty fast. I swear, apple and cinnamon is the best combination in the world.

  24. This looks like a great way to use leftover apples before they spoil. It’s often cheaper to buy bulk Granny Smith apples, hence I always have a couple left over whenever I make apple pie.

    Thanks for sharing!

  25. I can’t wait to try this recipe it looks delicious. With such a unique twist on the classic apple pie, I will be able to serve this as a great desert treat. Although I’ll probably add a hint of lemon to it, I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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