Easy Apple Dumplings Recipe
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Easy Apple Dumplings Recipe

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Mother often prepared this special treat for us, ready to take out of the oven just as we came home from school. I remember so vividly, upon opening the door to the house, the magnificent aroma!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • Pastry double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 6 small to medium apples, peeled and cored

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 643 calories, 27 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 344 mg sodium, 101 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, water, 3 tablespoons butter and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Bring to a boil; boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Roll pastry into a 21-in. x 14-in. rectangle; cut into six 7-in. squares. Place one apple in the center of each square. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon; spoon into center of apples. Dot with remaining butter. Moisten edges of pastry; fold corners to the center of top apple. Pinch to seal. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Pour syrup mixture around apples.
  3. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and apples are tender. Serve warm. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apple Dumplings in Reminisce Extra October 1993, p49

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"These are the best! My family can't wait for me to make them!"

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013 Edited Aug. 29, 2014

"My husband really enjoyed these apple dumplings. They were so quick and easy to pepare. They also made the kitchen smell delicious.

I discovered that the dough wraps around the apples more completely if I use 3 pie crusts. I cut each in half roll the 6 halves into separate balls then flatten each ball enough to fit around the apples."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"they tasted wonderful"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2012

"I'm about to make this recipe again, like right now! My husband and I LOVED it and we are going to try to make an even bigger batch to share with others. This is mouth watering SOOOOOO Yummy good!!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"This is the exact recipe my grandma and mom made and now I use. A family tradition served at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mine are the freezer ready to go. I prepare the apples in the pastry, then double bag them individually in fold & lock sandwich bags, place on cookie sheet and freeze overnight, then place in a large freezer zip bag. When ready to bake, complete as stated in recipe. Add 10-15 minutes baking time depending on size of apples, due to starting with frozen apples. Also, we double the sauce. Reserving half to warm up and pour over dumplings and ice cream. Yum!"

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