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Makeover Mom’s Apple Dumplings

The result of this makeover is a decadent dessert from Gina Hill of Ottawa, Kansas, with a still syrupy-sweet sauce and tender, flaky, homemade crust. Best of all, it's got half the calories of the original. It also has 60% less fat, saturated fat and cholesterol of Gina's Mom's recipe. And, inadvertently, as a bonus, Makeover Mom's Apple Dumplings are also much lower in sodium.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 to 4 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 small tart apples, peeled and cored
  • 3/4 cup fat-free half-and-half


  • For syrup, in a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, sugar substitute, cinnamon and nutmeg to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; add butter and food coloring if desired. Stir until butter is melted. Pour into an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; set aside.
  • For dumplings, in a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gently stir in oil. Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Shape into a log. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Combine 1 teaspoon sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.
  • Divide dough into six portions (return five portions to the refrigerator until ready to use). On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion into a 6-in. square. Place an apple in the center; sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon reserved spice mixture. Bring up corners of pastry to center and pinch edges to seal.
  • Place dumpling in syrup in baking dish. Repeat with remaining pastry, apples and spice mixture. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and apples are tender. Serve warm with half-and-half.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 407 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 409mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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