Apple Dumplings Recipe
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Apple Dumplings Recipe

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This dessert always reminds me of my great-grandmother, who gave my mom her love of good wholesome food. The crispy golden dumplings are filled with apples and topped with a sweet caramel sauce. A scoop of ice cream is the perfect finishing touch. —Jody Fisher, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 5 medium)
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • Vanilla ice cream

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 711 calories, 29g fat (10g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 500mg sodium, 109g carbohydrate (77g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-in. x 18-in. rectangle. Cut into six squares.
  2. Place 1/3 cup chopped apples in the center of each square. Brush edges of dough with water; fold up corners to center and pinch to seal. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water and butter; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Pour over dumplings. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apple Dumplings in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p36

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I have to agree with Grandonna. If you are afraid of calories, why are you looking at desserts? You should be looking in the grass and weed section. Desserts are usually sweet!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I just checked the ingredients in Smucker's Sugar Free Caramel topping. It has High Fructose Corn Syrup. That stuff causes diabetes. Look it up."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"This is dessert people! You don't have to always count calories, live a little! Sheesh! To those who feel so smug using sugar free jarred caramel, look at all the chemicals you're consuming!! That's cancer in a jar."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I have a recipe for apple dumplings but the apples are peeled and cored but left whole and placed in the center of each pastry square. Otherwise the recipe seems to be pretty similar. Very good. I think I will try this one too."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"At first glance, the recipe appears to be yummy; I like everything in it. BUT the calorie count squashed my enthusiasm. Perhaps with modifications, the recipe would be more palatable"

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