Easy Apple Dumplings Recipe // Video

A family classic, this Easy Apple Dumpling recipe is made even easier than the original! Crisp, juicy apples are stuffed with a buttery, brown-sugar blend then wrapped up in flaky pastry dough before being baked to a crispy, golden brown. A fall must-have!

Super easy to make Apple Dumpling recipe is a classic worth bragging about. Tender, juicy apples wrapped in pastry and baked to perfection. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Happy First Day of FALL, Y’all!!!  I bring to you my absolute favorite dessert….this Easy Apple Dumpling Recipe will soon be your’s, as well. Have you gone apple picking yet?  Are you wondering….what do I do with all these apples?

I haven’t had a chance to get out to the orchard PLUS, it’s been so gosh darn hot that I really want to chow down on some watermelon, not bake an apple pie. When I do go apple picking I end up picking WAAAAY to many so I have to find all the apple recipes to use them all up.

And since fall apple season is in full force, I’m sharing one of my favorite family heirloom recipes. This Classic Apple Dumpling recipe is one that I grew up with, helping to stuff the apples full of brown sugar, fall spices, and a big dollop of butter before wrapping them up in a homemade pie crust.

We, then, bake them in a brown sugar syrup lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg until the apples are tender enough to eat with a spoon. Yes….a spoon, they’re that tender….they’ll literally melt in your mouth.

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WHAT ARE APPLE DUMPLINGS

If you never had the chance to try an apple dumpling, you’re in for a real treat. Apple Dumplings are just Baked Apples wrapping in pie crust before being baked in the oven with a syrupy Apple Dumpling sauce.

They’re super easy to make and I’ve even made Apple Dumplings with puff pastry or crescent dough to speed up the process. But, even if you make my homemade flakey pie crust from scratch, they’re still super simple to prepare.

We love our recipe because it’s more of an Amish Apple Dumpling classic than a fussed up dumpling recipe. You can really add any filling you want to the apple but we keep it authentic with just spices, sugar and butter.

Apple Dumplings actually originated in the United Kingdom and we’re really created here in the United States….although, most people associate them with the Pennsylvania Dutch or Amish community’s food customs.

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HOW TO MAKE APPLE DUMPLINGS 

It’s really easy to make this Apple Dumpling recipe and I can’t believe I don’t make them more often. The recipe below includes the instructions for the apple dumpling crust, too, but you can totally use puff pastry or crescent dough in it’s place.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and 1/2 cup sugar to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the remaining sugar with the water and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat to low. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. Stir in the butter and remove from the heat.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Divide the dough into four equal portions and roll out into a 8-9 inch square.
  5. Place an apple in the center of each square and fill with 1 tablespoon brown sugar spice mixture.
  6. Top each with 1 tablespoon butter. Gently moistened the edges of the square with water and bring up the corners of the dough to the center. Pinch the edges together to seal.
  7. Place the apple dumplings in an ungreased baking dish and transfer to the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust begins to turn golden brown. Carefully pour the brown sugar syrup over the apple dumplings and continue baking for an additional 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and the apples are tender.
  8. Remove the apple dumplings from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving with ice cream or whipped cream.

 

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WHAT APPLES ARE BEST FOR BAKED APPLE DUMPLINGS

For Baked Apples or other Apple Dumpling type desserts, you want to use a firm apple that will hold up to during the baking process.

Here are our favorite apples for baking:

  • Jonagold
  • Honeycrisp (My personal favorite!)
  • Winesap
  • Pink Lady
  • Braeburn
  • And sometimes I like to use a Granny Smith….if you like things tart!
  • Fuji
  • Gala

These Apple Dumpling are a great make-ahead dessert for Sunday dinners or weekend entertaining. I love to serve them up with a dollop of cinnamon spiced whipped cream or a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.

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HOW TO STORE APPLE DUMPLINGS

Your Dumplings are best if served immediately after baking. If you want to make them in advance, you can assemble them and wrap in dough then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

You can make your Apple Dumplings up to 3 days in advance. If you do have leftover apple dumplings, you can reheat them in the oven for 10 minutes or until warmed through.

They’re much easier to make than a whole apple pie and you can scale the recipe back to feed just one OR make a big batch to feed a crowd. You can even get creative and stuff them full of candied walnuts, raisins or dried cranberries for an upper level Apple Dumpling recipe you’ll really want to sink your fork into!

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Super easy to make Apple Dumpling recipe is a classic worth bragging about. Tender, juicy apples wrapped in pastry and baked to perfection. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

Easy Apple Dumpling Recipe

 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 585 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 apples peeled and cored
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes and chilled
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 4-5 times.
  • Add the butter and pulse until pea sized crumbs form. Slowly stream in the ice water and process the dough until a ball forms, approximately 30 seconds. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough until it is completely smooth and the butter is incorporated.
  • Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into a disk. Wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 3 days.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and 1/2 cup sugar to combine. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the remaining sugar with the water and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat to low. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes. Stir in the butter and remove from the heat.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Divide the dough into four equal portions and roll out into a 8-9 inch square. Place an apple in the center of each square and fill with 1 tablespoon brown sugar spice mixture. Top each with 1 tablespoon butter. Gently moistened the edges of the square with water and bring up the corners of the dough to the center. Pinch the edges together to seal.
  • Place the apple dumplings in an ungreased baking dish and transfer to the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust begins to turn golden brown. Carefully pour the brown sugar syrup over the apple dumplings and continue baking for an additional 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and the apples are tender.
  • Remove the apple dumplings from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Nutrition

Calories: 585kcalCarbohydrates: 115gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 607mgPotassium: 258mgFiber: 5gSugar: 70gVitamin A: 415IUVitamin C: 5.6mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 3.1mg
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8 comments on “Easy Apple Dumplings Recipe // Video”

  1. These apple dumplings look great!!

  2. This looks amazing! I love me an apple dessert! 

  3. I love baked apples and even though we are in spring here I’d stop I’ll  like to make them. THe aroma alone is heavenly!

  4. I was so excited to make these. They were beautiful when I put them in the oven. The dough took longer to brown, and the dough started sliding off of the apples. I was heartbroken. Only thing I could think to do was use a spoon to moosh it back up onto the apple. Left them in too long waiting for them to brown up. Ended up with applesauce bombs. They tasted great though. My oven was set ar prop temp so what do you think went wrong?

    • Oh no! That’s so disappointing! My only suggestion is that the pie dough wasn’t pinched enough to seal the apples inside. If there’s any opening, the steam from the apples cooking will cause all the dough to come undone. I’m so sorry you had a bad experience.

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