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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angela32 246680
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

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

sugarcrystal 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 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 228837
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

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

kckamargo63 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 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 169800
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"A wonderful and fun dessert!"

slaterungardens 107862
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

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

crbailey 169246
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

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

abmay2184 72511
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013


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