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Apple Dumpling Dessert Recipe
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Apple Dumpling Dessert Recipe

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Meet the Cook: The credit for this goes to one of our three grown daughters (we also have a grown son and three grandchildren). My husband loves apple dumplings, but they take so long. So Kathy created a quick-to-fix variation with a nice bonus: no bites of dry crust without filling since it's all mixed throughout! -Janet Weaver, Wooster, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/3 cups shortening
  • 8 to 9 tablespoons cold water
  • 8 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • SYRUP:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • Whipped topping or vanilla ice cream, optional
  • Mint leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 474 calories, 22 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 401 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss with a fork until dough can be formed into a ball. Divide dough into four parts.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll one apart to fit the bottom of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place in dish; top with a third of the apples. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle a third over apples.
  3. Repeat layers of pastry, apples and cinnamon-sugar twice. Roll out remaining dough to fit top of dish and place on top. Using a sharp knife, cut 2-in. slits through all layers at once.
  4. For syrup, bring water and sugar to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over top crust. Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Serve warm with whipped topping or ice cream if desired. Garnish with mint if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Apple Dumpling Dessert in Country Woman September/October 1997, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 474 calories, 22 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 401 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

This recipe was absolutely delicious, but took me much longer to make than my traditional apple dumpling recipe. I had to roll the dough out 4 times for this versus 1 time with my original recipe. When I'm in a hurry to make my traditional recipe, I use diced apples rather than a whole apple. which tastes the same.

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

I have made this several times and it is super easy and ooooh so family & I love it

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

This was very good. I did have a hard time getting the crust in the pan in one piece. It broke apart, so I just put it on top anyway. When it bakes up it makes the house smell so good. As soon as I pulled it out of the oven my 6yr daughter asked 3 times if it was ready. We ate it warm with ice cream. I will make this for friends would love it.

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