Apple Dumplings with Sauce Recipe
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Apple Dumplings with Sauce Recipe

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These warm and comforting apple dumplings are incredible by themselves or served with ice cream. You can decorate each dumpling by cutting 1-inch leaves and a 1/2-inch stem from the leftover dough. —Robin Lendon, Cincinnati, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 8 medium tart apples, peeled and cored
  • 8 teaspoons butter
  • 9 teaspoons cinnamon-sugar, divided
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 760 calories, 40g fat (16g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 466mg sodium, 97g carbohydrate (59g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide into eight portions. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll each portion of dough between two lightly floured sheets of waxed paper into a 7-in. square. Place an apple on each square. Place 1 teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar in the center of each apple.
  3. Gently bring up corners of pastry to each center; pinch edges to seal. If desired, cut out apple leaves and stems from dough scraps; attach to dumplings with water. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  4. In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring just to a boil, stirring until blended. Pour over apples.
  5. Bake 50-55 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown, basting occasionally with sauce. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Apple Dumplings in Taste of Home

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SA User ID: 7951217 263420
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

"Can you use premade pie crust dough just as successfully?"

angela32 User ID: 3084463 246680
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"Sooooooooooooooooooo good! Just don't forget the vanilla ice cream!"

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 246620
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"Awesome recipe. I add maple extract to the syrup because that's what my mom always did. Best served with butter pecan ice cream!"

Aliciap616 User ID: 8608756 236941
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"I wouldn't even give this recipe one star. The crust was terrible! I followed the recipe exactly like it said and all the dough did was fall apart. I don't know how this got a good review , Because this is the worse recipe ever. Threw the dough away after using it for one apple and got a great recipe out of one of my grandmas recipe books."

MsAnnabella User ID: 8434552 228837
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"Delicious winter comfort food! My husband loves both apple & stodgy puddings so was just crazy about this recipe."

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 219161
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"I'd never made apple dumplings before and these were fantastic! They were a hit with everyone who tried them."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 107863
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"These ARE AMAZING! Such a hit served alongisde vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of the sauce - everyone get saying "mmmm this is so good"!"

c2foster User ID: 4932594 169800
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"A wonderful and fun dessert!"

slaterungardens User ID: 7965177 107862
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"Dumplings just like mom used to make! Just melt in your mouth delicious!"

crbailey User ID: 1500115 169246
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"Better than my mother-in-laws. Children want me to make these more often."

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