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Favorite Apple Dumplings

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 709 calories, 37g fat (14g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 654mg sodium, 91g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • applebake
    Nov 15, 2018

    These were fabulous! Best ones I've ever made!

  • Lyndaking
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Apr 26, 2011

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

  • vewebber58
    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.

  • JannieRee
    Oct 21, 2006

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