Favorite Apple Dumplings Recipe
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Favorite Apple Dumplings Recipe

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This is one of Marilyn's favorite won second place in a local contest.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup plus 6 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 small tart apples, peeled and cored
  • Cinnamon-sugar
  • Additional milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 709 calories, 37g fat (14g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 654mg sodium, 91g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cinnamon. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup butter; stir until melted. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk.
  3. Divide pastry into six portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 6-in. square. Place an apple on the center of each. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar; dot with remaining butter. Bring corners of pastry to center. Brush edges with milk; pinch edges to seal.
  4. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; drizzle with reserved syrup. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apple Dumplings in Reminisce November/December 1999, p59

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Lyndaking 216155
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"This was an amazing dessert! Wanted something simple and tasty with few ingredients, i made 1 and a half portion size and cooked for a lot longer, also warmed before serving, was a little difficult to dish up because i think i rolled the pastry too thin, but got rave reviews! I have been instructed that this should be a staple in future, thanks for the awesome recipe!"

danielleylee 74687
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"I made these tonight using gala apples. I followed the recipe to a T (it even works well with skim milk). I reviewed several recipes prior to making this dessert when I stumbled across this same recipe word for word in a amish cook book published in 2012. I was very surprised since I see this recipe is from 1999 so am a little disappointed in my amish cook book I purchased last fall in amish country. Needless to say this recipe is a winner! The dough is very easy to work with and the dessert makes your entire house smell like cinnamon heaven. The texture of the dough is light and fluffy almost like a cross between a biscuit and a buttery pie crust."

elaboo 71392
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"My husband has been trying to get me to make apple dumplings for months and I finally did today. These are so easy and tasted fantastic. I was so pleased with the flavor and how simple these were to put together, all that was missing was the ice cream!"

momma p 26776
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"These are Exactly what I have been searching for! I tweaked it a bit as far as ingredients, i.e. less sugar and more cinnamon. My Aunt used to make these for us when I was little and I have tried to duplicate her recipe, to no avail on the perfect taste! However, these DID IT! Thanks so much for sharing...."

driv0656 21417
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"Delicious! Tastes great with the addition of a little bit of rhubarb in it as well!"

vewebber58 203293
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"These are delicious! The syrup seems thin, but during the baking process it's transformed into a delicious thick sauce. The pastry is so tender and good! I wouldn't change a thing, and I'll keep the recipe with those that are my stand-bys."

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