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Apple Dumpling Dessert

 Apple Dumpling Dessert
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
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.


  • 4 cups 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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Apple Dumpling Dessert (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
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.