Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Apple Dumplings

October 28, 2013Teresa

I absolutely LOVE Apple Dumplings. It’s my favorite dessert–and that’s saying something since I have a horrible sweet tooth and I like ALL sweets! My mom used to make these when we were kids and we raved over them all the time.

Of course, anything with pastry or crust I’m sure to enjoy because pie is also one of my favorite desserts. These Apple Dumplings have lots of juicy apple pieces with a cinnamon-sugar filling and a syrup which thickens and bakes into the crust making this dessert really spectacular.

While the original recipe usually uses apple pieces, this time I made several of the dumplings with whole apples as well. I usually serve this dessert with ice cream, but the dumplings are plenty sweet enough without it. You will find these Apple Dumplings are rich, sensational, and decadent!

If you have plenty of time and want to wow your guests, this is the recipe that can do it. Don’t plan on leftovers unless you make multiple desserts like I did. (I made three desserts for that night and one of our guests brought a dessert too!).

I made these a couple of weeks ago when we had a houseful of company and, oh my, they were so delicious. I actually don’t make Apple Dumplings very often because they are a bit of work (and because I really enjoy making casseroles more!), but every now and then I whip up a batch of these beauties and I literally cannot stop eating them.

I had to send some home with our guests to get them out of the house. As it was, I think I ate three of them the next day starting at breakfast!!! Gluttonous, I know. Seriously, Apple Dumplings are so good you won’t be able to stop eating them either!

As it happens, this is NOT my Mom’s recipe. I got this recipe from my  friend, Mimi Pownall, who has shared more recipes with me than anyone else. Anything Mimi makes is delicious and desserts are her specialty. I will admit to improvising a little bit every time I make this recipe so I’m going to give you Mimi’s original version, and how I made it. You can use your own pie crust recipe if you have one that’s a favorite.

I did that this time instead of using Mimi’s recipe. I basically left the syrup as written and Mimi didn’t really use exact amounts of cinnamon-sugar and and butter in each dumpling so I’ve always eyeballed it and it just works. I usually stick pretty close to Mimi’s original recipe although this time I made the Apple Dumplings a little more like my Mom’s. I’m including Mimi’s original and what I actually did for the ones pictured below.

I warn you in advance: Apple Dumplings are addictive! However, if you’re looking for a way to use up a bumper crop of apples, or you just love apple desserts, than this one needs to be on your list sometime soon. You will need to bake these when you have time to spend a few hours in the kitchen because they take a bit to assemble, make up the pie dough, core, peel and cut apples, etc.

Quite frankly, I don’t like to get all my apples peeled in advance. Nor do I do it like an assembly line because then the apples brown too much. I make each dumpling individually and prepare the apple pieces for one dumpling before moving on to another. It does take more time that way, but I like the finished product better.

If you desire, you can place the dumplings in your baking dish with the syrup and leave out on your counter a few hours and bake them later in the day so they are hot from the oven when you want them to be. Or, you can go ahead and bake them and then put them in a warm oven for 15-20 minutes to heat slightly before serving later in the day.

Either way, Apple Dumplings with a slab of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream are some of the best dumplings you will ever eat! You may also enjoy my homemade Peach Dumplings. Same great recipe but with peaches instead of apples.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Apple Dumplings are one of the BEST desserts you will ever eat!

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Here’s a pan of the whole-apple Apple Dumplings after they came out of the oven. Don’t these Apple Dumplings look scrumptious? I can eat my weight in these luscious desserts! That is NOT a good thing!

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Apple Dumplings are my favorite dessert. They are absolutely mouthwatering.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.
Apple Dumplings are terrific for company dinners. Everyone will rave over them.
Here’s what I did.
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First, make the syrup: In a medium sized saucepan over medium to high heat melt butter. Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and water. Whisk ingredients.

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Bring to a boil and boil for a minute or two. Remove from heat and set syrup mixture aside.

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Make the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat the apples: Measure sugar into a glass measuring cup. Add cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir together and set aside.

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Mix up the pie crust dough. On a well-floured surface, break off a large round ball from the pie crust dough. This is a little bigger than golf-ball size, maybe the size of clementines.

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Sprinkle with flour and cover with waxed paper. Roll a few times. Remove the wax paper and turn the dough over and sprinkle the top with more flour. Roll out until you have about a five-or-six-inch circle. Roll out dough. I was in a hurry so mine wasn’t as nicely shaped as it could have been.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

It is better to core and peel your apples after the crust is rolled out. Otherwise they will get too brown while waiting for you to finish rolling out all the dough.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Place apples on individual rounds of pie crust dough. Spoon a heaping tablespoon and a half into each apple crevice.

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Add about a teaspoon of butter.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Pinch diagonal corners together and seal edges as best as possible.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Roll out another crust. Add apple pieces rather than whole apples. Dot with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Roll up as before.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Place apple dumplings in two greased baking dishes. Don’t cram the dumplings together because they expand while baking. About 6 fit in each dish perfectly.

The whole apple dumplings are on the right and the apple dumplings made with slices are on the left.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Pour syrup over top.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Bake about 35 minutes at 375. You may need more time for whole apples.

If you have any remaining to the next day the syrup really gets nice and thick. I don’t refrigerate these usually unless they are still hanging around after 2-3 days. Uh, N-E-V-E-R!!!! 🙂

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

These Apple Dumplings are to die for. This is the best recipe I’ve ever eaten and I love trying out Apple Dumplings. Most of them don’t use enough sugar or enough cinnamon. This one has both. We usually serve Apple Dumplings with ice cream but you could also use a non-dairy whipped topping or eat them plain!

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

The syrup bakes into the crust and then when I serve the Apple Dumplings I spoon lots of additional syrup over top of the dumplings as well. Yum, yum, yum! 

Are you drooling yet?  

APPLE DUMPLINGS

(Recipe adapted from Mimi Pownall, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)

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Sensational apple dessert! Apples are filled with cinnamon-sugar and nutmeg in a flaky pastry crust and cooked in a cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg syrup.
Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MIMI'S VERSION):
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MY MODIFIED VERSION):
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MIMI'S VERSION):
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MY MODIFIED VERSION):
Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.
Instructions
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MIMI'S VERSION):
  1. Make syrup using sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.
  2. Bring to a boil for about a minute. Set aside.
  3. Pare and core apples, cut in quarters.
  4. Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. Cut in shortening, add milk all at once and stir until moistened.
  6. Roll ¼” thick.
  7. Cut in 5 inch squares.
  8. Arrange 4 pieces of apple on each square (I have never been able to fit this many pieces on each one! Therefore I have never used that many apples).
  9. Sprinkle generously with additional sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  10. Dot with butter.
  11. Fold diagonal corners to center.
  12. Pinch edges together.
  13. Place 1” apart in greased baking pan.
  14. Pour syrup over it.
  15. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.
  16. Serve hot with ice cream.
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MY MODIFIED VERSION):
  1. Prepare two large 9x13” or 10x14” baking dishes by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder.
  3. Cut in shortening with pastry blender.
  4. Add water and mix with hands to combine. Set aside.
  5. Bring water, 2 cups sugar, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, 1-2 tsp. cinnamon and ½ stick butter to a boil.
  6. Boil one minute and remove from heat. Set aside.
  7. Mix remaining sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  8. Core and pare apples.
  9. Either use whole apples or about 1/3 of each apple, sliced.
  10. Spread waxed paper on counter top.
  11. Cover generously with flour.
  12. Take a golf-ball sized piece of pie dough (or a little larger) and place on top of flour.
  13. Sprinkle generously with flour.
  14. Place waxed paper over top and roll out a few times.
  15. Check for sticking by removing the waxed paper and adding more flour on top if necessary.
  16. Roll out in circle.
  17. Remove top layer of waxed paper and set aside to reuse.
  18. Place whole apple or apple slices in center of rolled dough.
  19. Sprinkle with about 1 ½ heaping tablespoonfuls of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  20. Dab about a teaspoon or so of butter over top.
  21. Fold diagonal corners to center.
  22. Pinch edges together.
  23. Place in prepared baking dishes. Usually only about six will fit in each dish. Don’t cram them together because the dough expands while baking.
  24. Continue rolling out all the dough and adding the apples or apple slices, cinnamon sugar and butter.
  25. Evenly divide the syrup and pour over each glass baking dish.
  26. Bake at 375° for about 35 minutes. (Maybe a little longer for whole apples).
  27. Serve warm with ice cream.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Please note that this recipe is NOT an exact science! I make as many dumplings as I have pie dough for. If that means I need a little bit more cinnamon sugar mixture or butter I add it as necessary.

NOTE: This is a high maintenance recipe and the dough can tear easily. Don't attempt it unless you're willing to be patient and work with it.

NOTE: This recipe is a LOT of work, but tastes absolutely delicious when done. The syrup absorbs into the dumplings. It is really excellent. Don’t worry about being real exact with the dough or apple pieces. I have NEVER been able to form my dumplings so that they are pretty, instead I shape them into balls trying to seal the dough around the apple pieces as best I can so they don’t leak. No matter what they look like in the pan, they taste wonderful!
NOTE: Extra cinnamon sugar mixture = 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 ½ tbsp. cinnamon, 1/3 tsp. nutmeg, ½ stick unsalted butter.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Apple Dumplings (Mimi’s Version)[/b]
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Mimi Pownall when we attended First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Largo, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Sensational apple dessert! Apples are filled with cinnamon-sugar and nutmeg in a flaky pastry crust and cooked in a cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg syrup.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 6 apples (see my note in the directions)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon (see my version—I like a lot more)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ cup[url href=”http://www.crisco.com/” target=”_blank” title=”crisco shortening”] Crisco[/url] shortening
  • 2 cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal [/url]UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg mixture
Instructions
  1. Make syrup using sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.
  2. Bring to a boil for about a minute. Set aside.
  3. Pare and core apples, cut in quarters.
  4. Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. Cut in shortening, add milk all at once and stir until moistened.
  6. Roll ¼” thick.
  7. Cut in 5 inch squares.
  8. Arrange 4 pieces of apple on each square (I have never been able to fit this many pieces on each one! Therefore I have never used that many apples).
  9. Sprinkle generously with additional sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  10. Dot with butter.
  11. Fold diagonal corners to center.
  12. Pinch edges together.
  13. Place 1” apart in greased baking pan.
  14. Pour syrup over it.
  15. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.
  16. Serve hot with ice cream.[br]
Notes
Please note that this recipe is NOT an exact science! I make as many dumplings as I have pie dough for. If that means I need a little bit more cinnamon sugar mixture or butter I add it as necessary.[br][br]This is a high maintenance recipe and the dough can tear easily. Don’t attempt it unless you’re willing to be patient and work with it.

 

[b]Apple Dumplings (My modified version)[/b]
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Sensational apple dessert! Apples are filled with cinnamon-sugar and nutmeg in a flaky pastry crust and cooked in a cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg syrup.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal unbleached flour”]Gold Medal [/url]UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup [url href=”http://www.crisco.com/” target=”_blank” title=”crisco shortening”]Crisco[/url] shortening
  • ½ cup ice water
  • 12 whole apples or 6-8 apples, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (or increase to 2 tsp. if you like cinnamon flavor)
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Prepare two large 9×13” or 10×14” baking dishes by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder.
  3. Cut in shortening with pastry blender.
  4. Add water and mix with hands to combine. Set aside.
  5. Bring water, 2 cups sugar, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, 1-2 tsp. cinnamon and ½ stick butter to a boil.
  6. Boil one minute and remove from heat. Set aside.
  7. Mix remaining sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  8. Core and pare apples.
  9. Either use whole apples or about 1/3 of each apple, sliced.
  10. Spread waxed paper on counter top.
  11. Cover generously with flour.
  12. Take a golf-ball sized piece of pie dough (or a little larger) and place on top of flour.
  13. Sprinkle generously with flour.
  14. Place waxed paper over top and roll out a few times.
  15. Check for sticking by removing the waxed paper and adding more flour on top if necessary.
  16. Roll out in circle.
  17. Remove top layer of waxed paper and set aside to reuse.
  18. Place whole apple or apple slices in center of rolled dough.
  19. Sprinkle with about 1 ½ heaping tablespoonfuls of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  20. Dab about a teaspoon or so of butter over top.
  21. Fold diagonal corners to center.
  22. Pinch edges together.
  23. Place in prepared baking dishes. Usually only about six will fit in each dish. Don’t cram them together because the dough expands while baking.
  24. Continue rolling out all the dough and adding the apples or apple slices, cinnamon sugar and butter.
  25. Evenly divide the syrup and pour over each glass baking dish.
  26. Bake at 375° for about 35 minutes. (Maybe a little longer for whole apples).
  27. Serve warm with ice cream.[br]
Notes
This recipe is a LOT of work, but tastes absolutely delicious when done. The syrup absorbs into the dumplings. It is really excellent. Don’t worry about being real exact with the dough or apple pieces. I have NEVER been able to form my dumplings so that they are pretty, instead I shape them into balls trying to seal the dough around the apple pieces as best I can so they don’t leak. No matter what they look like in the pan, they taste wonderful![br][br]Extra cinnamon sugar mixture = 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 ½ tbsp. cinnamon, 1/3 tsp. nutmeg, ½ stick unsalted butter.[br][br]Please note that this recipe is NOT an exact science! I make as many dumplings as I have pie dough for. If that means I need a little bit more cinnamon sugar mixture or butter I add it as necessary.[br][br]This is a high maintenance recipe and the dough can tear easily. Don’t attempt it unless you’re willing to be patient and work with it.
Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

Apple Dumplings are probably my favorite dessert in the whole world! I love this fabulous dessert.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

As soon as you smell Apple Dumplings baking in the oven you’ll be salivating! I can’t make these too often because I want to eat ALL of them! Spoon the thickened syrup over top of the dumplings.

Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.

You’ll be licking your lips over this great recipe! If you love apples and cinnamon and pie you will love this recipe. And, all your company will rave over these as well.

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Mom's Apple Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | our favorite #applepie. This old-fashioned recipe is heavenly. #apples #dessert #pie

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Apple Crisp | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this dynamic #dessert is also fantastic served for #breakfast! Uses #LuckyLeaf #applepiefilling and has a streusel topping. #apples

Caramel Apple Cake with Apple Cider Frosting

Caramel Apple Cake with Apple Cider Frosting | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this heavenly #cake is rich, decadent & divine! It uses #caramel sauce in the cake & drizzled over the frosting. Absolutely mouthwatering! #dessert #apple
Print Recipe
Apple Dumplings (Mimi's Version) BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Sensational apple dessert! Apples are filled with cinnamon-sugar and nutmeg in a flaky pastry crust and cooked in a cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg syrup.
Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MIMI'S VERSION):
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MY MODIFIED VERSION):
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MIMI'S VERSION):
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MY MODIFIED VERSION):
Apple Dumplings | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is my favorite #dessert. It's absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. #apples are filled with #cinnamon-sugar, rolled in pie crust & glazed with a cinnamon-sugar syrup. Terrific dessert for company or #holidays.
Instructions
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MIMI'S VERSION):
  1. Make syrup using sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.
  2. Bring to a boil for about a minute. Set aside.
  3. Pare and core apples, cut in quarters.
  4. Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. Cut in shortening, add milk all at once and stir until moistened.
  6. Roll ¼” thick.
  7. Cut in 5 inch squares.
  8. Arrange 4 pieces of apple on each square (I have never been able to fit this many pieces on each one! Therefore I have never used that many apples).
  9. Sprinkle generously with additional sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  10. Dot with butter.
  11. Fold diagonal corners to center.
  12. Pinch edges together.
  13. Place 1” apart in greased baking pan.
  14. Pour syrup over it.
  15. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.
  16. Serve hot with ice cream.
APPLE DUMPLINGS (MY MODIFIED VERSION):
  1. Prepare two large 9x13” or 10x14” baking dishes by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder.
  3. Cut in shortening with pastry blender.
  4. Add water and mix with hands to combine. Set aside.
  5. Bring water, 2 cups sugar, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, 1-2 tsp. cinnamon and ½ stick butter to a boil.
  6. Boil one minute and remove from heat. Set aside.
  7. Mix remaining sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  8. Core and pare apples.
  9. Either use whole apples or about 1/3 of each apple, sliced.
  10. Spread waxed paper on counter top.
  11. Cover generously with flour.
  12. Take a golf-ball sized piece of pie dough (or a little larger) and place on top of flour.
  13. Sprinkle generously with flour.
  14. Place waxed paper over top and roll out a few times.
  15. Check for sticking by removing the waxed paper and adding more flour on top if necessary.
  16. Roll out in circle.
  17. Remove top layer of waxed paper and set aside to reuse.
  18. Place whole apple or apple slices in center of rolled dough.
  19. Sprinkle with about 1 ½ heaping tablespoonfuls of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  20. Dab about a teaspoon or so of butter over top.
  21. Fold diagonal corners to center.
  22. Pinch edges together.
  23. Place in prepared baking dishes. Usually only about six will fit in each dish. Don’t cram them together because the dough expands while baking.
  24. Continue rolling out all the dough and adding the apples or apple slices, cinnamon sugar and butter.
  25. Evenly divide the syrup and pour over each glass baking dish.
  26. Bake at 375° for about 35 minutes. (Maybe a little longer for whole apples).
  27. Serve warm with ice cream.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Please note that this recipe is NOT an exact science! I make as many dumplings as I have pie dough for. If that means I need a little bit more cinnamon sugar mixture or butter I add it as necessary.

NOTE: This is a high maintenance recipe and the dough can tear easily. Don't attempt it unless you're willing to be patient and work with it.

NOTE: This recipe is a LOT of work, but tastes absolutely delicious when done. The syrup absorbs into the dumplings. It is really excellent. Don’t worry about being real exact with the dough or apple pieces. I have NEVER been able to form my dumplings so that they are pretty, instead I shape them into balls trying to seal the dough around the apple pieces as best I can so they don’t leak. No matter what they look like in the pan, they taste wonderful!
NOTE: Extra cinnamon sugar mixture = 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 ½ tbsp. cinnamon, 1/3 tsp. nutmeg, ½ stick unsalted butter.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

20 Comments

  • Laurie

    November 28, 2017 at 7:51 am

    It says you can leave these out on your counter a few hours and bake them when you’re ready. Can I make them the night before and bake them in the morning (if refrigerated or is on counter the best?)

    1. Teresa

      November 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Hi, Laurie, I think you can do either. I think you can leave it on the counter over night or refrigerate it and make it the next. Whichever you are more comfortable with will work. Enjoy.

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    October 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I just love apple dumplings–I will need to try these! 🙂

    1. Teresa

      October 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      I hope you do, Nancy. They are wonderful.

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  • Persnickety

    January 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    A great recipe I can’t wait to try out. I love apples and cinnamon, and especially dumplings!

    I came up with a related recipe for Apple Dumplings in a cinnamon sauce. While different from your own, I think mine is a unique take on the dish. I’m new to the Food Blog scene and would love some feedback from a pro like you. Check out my recipe if have time.

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  • Jen Nikolaus

    November 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Seriously?! These look AMAZING!!!! I am drooling just looking at your pictures! Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Night Fever! Pinning!

    1. Teresa

      November 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much! They really are amazing. I can eat these by the barrel-full! 🙂

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    November 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever had an apple dumpling, but these look unreal!! Thanks so much for sharing…stopping by from Show Stopper Saturday 🙂

    1. Teresa

      November 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      They really are terrific–kind of like eating apple pie in a little different form. They are so, so scrumptious! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    October 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    OK, I totally need to make these!!! They look like little presents!! Recipe is pinned and I’ll be sharing in FB. Thank you so much for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays and introducing this recipe into my life!!!!!

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    October 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

    These look scrumptious!

    1. Teresa

      October 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

      They truly are! Love this dessert!

  • Tamara Leigh

    October 29, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I adore dumplings, too, and these look like the very best 🙂 Thank you!

    1. Teresa

      October 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

      They are so, so good, Tamara!

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