Blackberry Dumplings Recipe
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Blackberry Dumplings Recipe

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As long as I can remember, my mother has been making Blackberry Dumplings. They finish cooking while you eat—and they really do make you hurry through Sunday dinner! It can be an everyday dessert, too, though. Try it with roast chicken, beef and ham. Sometimes, I'll make it in winter just to have a taste of summer. My mom is the best cook I know, but my husband's also taught me a lot. He's so imaginative in the kitchen! We have two sons—4 and 2—and we are expecting a third child in September.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 quart fresh or frozen (loose-pack) blackberries
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Cream or whipped cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 240 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the blackberries, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and lemon extract. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and remaining sugar and salt. Add milk; stir just until mixed. (Dough will be very thick.)
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls into six mounds onto hot blackberry mixture; cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean.
  4. Spoon into serving dishes. Serve with cream or whipped cream if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as BlackBerry Dumplings in Country Woman May/June 1993, p33

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LBurkey User ID: 3719865 230658
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"This was very delicious, but I agree with Spicyvioletcajun and niahgirl. They forgot to list the water that is needed to cook with the blackberries. Also, once the dumplings were done, the blackberry mixture was pretty runny, so I removed the dumplings to serving bowls and then mixed a little cornstarch and water together and added it slowly to the simmering blackberry mixture while stirring, to thicken it up a bit. Then I topped the dumplings with the blackberry mixture. Wonderful summer dessert. Would be extra delicious with vanilla ice cream."

Spicyvioletcajun User ID: 8438005 229015
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"You need to add the same amount of water as sugar to your dutchoven/pot. It appears that ingredient was overlooked. Other then that this recipe was delicious."

niahgirl User ID: 7896943 12119
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Something missing in this recipe, water to boil berries in, am I correct?"

AWise User ID: 3327668 11251
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"I didn't have any problems with this recipe, but none of us liked it very much."

rwortham User ID: 5241248 12521
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"Add 1 1/2 cups of water to cook the berries and steam the dumplings."

August1 User ID: 1850683 201048
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"I don't know if the recipe on here is wrong but there is nothing to boil in the first ingredients. All the sugar does is coat the blackberries and the dumplings didn't turn out either."

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