Apple Dumplings with Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 50 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This warm and comforting apple dumplings recipe is incredible by itself 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


  • 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


  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 8 portions. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll each portion of dough between 2 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 dough to each center, trimming any excess; pinch edges to seal. If desired, cut out apple leaves and stems from dough scraps; attach to dumplings with water. Place dumplings in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with half the remaining cinnamon sugar.
  4. In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring just to a boil, stirring until blended. Pour over apples; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.
  5. Bake until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown, 50-55 minutes, basting occasionally with sauce. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 dumpling: 764 calories, 40g fat (16g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 429mg sodium, 97g carbohydrate (59g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.