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Apple Dumplings Recipe

Apple Dumplings Recipe

This dessert always reminds me of my great-grandmother, who gave my mom her love of good wholesome food. The crispy golden dumplings are filled with apples and topped with a sweet caramel sauce. A scoop of ice cream is the perfect finishing touch. —Jody Fisher, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 5 medium)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • Vanilla ice cream


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 12-in. x 18-in. rectangle. Cut into six squares.
  • 2. Place 1/3 cup chopped apples in the center of each square. Brush edges of dough with water; fold up corners to center and pinch to seal. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
  • 3. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water and butter; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Pour over dumplings. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 711 calories, 29g fat (10g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 500mg sodium, 109g carbohydrate (77g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I have to agree with Grandonna. If you are afraid of calories, why are you looking at desserts? You should be looking in the grass and weed section. Desserts are usually sweet!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I just checked the ingredients in Smucker's Sugar Free Caramel topping. It has High Fructose Corn Syrup. That stuff causes diabetes. Look it up."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"This is dessert people! You don't have to always count calories, live a little! Sheesh! To those who feel so smug using sugar free jarred caramel, look at all the chemicals you're consuming!! That's cancer in a jar."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I have a recipe for apple dumplings but the apples are peeled and cored but left whole and placed in the center of each pastry square. Otherwise the recipe seems to be pretty similar. Very good. I think I will try this one too."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"At first glance, the recipe appears to be yummy; I like everything in it. BUT the calorie count squashed my enthusiasm. Perhaps with modifications, the recipe would be more palatable"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"Holy Crap! 700 calories for one dumpling? Thats insane!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"Very good. I used sugar free caramel topping that was ready-made....not to sweet."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"These were excellent, when you make a few alterations.

1. I chopped the apples into very small pieces.
2. I baked the dumplings for the full time & did not make the sauce. Instead, I heated a jar of Sugar Free Smuckers Caramel Topping. Once the dumplings were done, I took them out of the oven, set them on a serving plate & drizzled the caramel topping over them. YUM!! And, my diabetic husband could eat one, too!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Way Way to sweet. I wish I had looked at the calories before making it. My tummy feels so ill now."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"This tasted good, but a few things bother me about this recipe:

1. If you chop your apples, they will poke through the pie crust. Mine did this and I was in tears by the end of folding the third dumpling; it was so frustrating. I recommend mincing the apples, though this might cut down on your cooking time if you want to avoid applesauce inside the dumplings.
2. I greased the pan using non-stick spray, but they still stuck like crazy! None of them came out of the pan whole or even close to pretty (like TOH's picture). I recommend GENEROUSLY greasing your pan and removing the dumplings while the sauce is still hot so you don't risk gluing them to the pan's bottom.
3. This dish was WAY too sweet for us. I can't imagine anyone would want to add ice cream too. I probably should have figured that out when the sauce called for 2 CUPS of brown sugar, but I didn't. So, if you don't like SUPER SWEET, don't make this; the tart apples won't offset the sauce.
All that being said, I can see why people would like this. It did taste good, but I won't be making it again due to our taste preferences."

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