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Grandma’s Apple Dumplings

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.


6 servings

The aroma of these melt-in-your-mouth dumplings reminds me of my grandma's old-fashioned kitchen. All of her cooking and baking was wonderful!


  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup red cinnamon candies
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup cold whole milk
  • 6 small baking apples, peeled and cored
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Half-and-half cream, optional


  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  2. For dumplings, combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Using a fork or pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle in milk, mixing lightly with a fork until a soft dough forms. Shape into a ball.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to an 18x12-in. rectangle. Cut into six squares. Place an apple in the center of each square; dot with butter. Bring corners of pastry up to top of apple; press edges to seal.
  4. Place in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Pour sauce into pan around dumplings. Brush dumplings with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until light golden brown and apples are tender. Serve warm with cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 716 calories, 29g fat (10g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 610mg sodium, 109g carbohydrate (72g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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