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Easy Apple Dumplings Recipe

Easy Apple Dumplings Recipe

My mother often prepared this special treat for us, ready to take out of the oven just as we came home from school. I can remember their magnificent aroma as I opened the front door so vividly. —Marjorie Thompson, West Sacramento, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:6 servings


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


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. For syrup, place 1 cup sugar, water, 3 tablespoons butter and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes; remove from heat.
  • 2. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry dough to a 21x14-in. rectangle; cut into six squares. Place an apple on each square. Fill center of each with 4 teaspoons sugar mixture and 1/2 teaspoon butter. Moisten edges of pastry with water; bring up corners over apples, pinching edges to seal. Place in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • 3. Pour syrup around apples. Bake until golden brown and apples are tender, about 45 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a 1-inch-thick square; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 773 calories, 39g fat (24g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 104g carbohydrate (62g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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vj221979 User ID: 5329286 241240
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

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

NanZim User ID: 3929200 12890
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."

davsaline User ID: 6803507 17950
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"they tasted wonderful"

MomminItUp User ID: 6784058 18734
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!!"

deb3346 User ID: 1821731 17424
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!"

Levette User ID: 5745751 15578
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"omg, the best! and the smell is awesome"

lab7137 User ID: 4500500 41803
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"This recipe is a hit!!!"

kentucky cook 1970 User ID: 5550303 40649
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"These are wonderful!"

myboyjack08 User ID: 4586062 37938
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"It was delicious and very easy. I made this for my family and we loved it!"

LadyUne021283 User ID: 4104141 201856
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"I made this for my family and there are a few who don't even like apple pie, and they loved it."

hmarshak User ID: 2558342 40648
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2008

"Apple dumplings always look so good (from the pictures). My grandmother made us baked apples instead of apple dumplings but I would love to try an apple dumpling one day!

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