Easy Apple Dumpling 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!
Oh my gosh, guys! I’m at the airport RIGHT NOW getting ready to board a flight to Medford, Oregon (by way of San Francisco) to visit the Harry & David team! I’m so excited to get out there and see where my favorite fruit comes from…learn from the growers and see the orchards. I’ll be sharing everything over on my Instagram account so don’t forget to check that out if you haven’t already. In the meantime, I bring to you my absolute favorite dessert….this Easy Apple Dumpling Recipe will soon be your’s, as well.
Fall apple season is in full force and I’m sharing one of my favorite family heirloom recipes using Harry & David Apples. They’re crisp and sweet, and sturdy enough to be baked in a light, flaky, buttery shell. 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 baked them in a brown sugar syrup lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg until the apples were tender enough to eat with a spoon.
I used my favorite pie crust recipe which comes together in minutes right in a food processor. The dough can be made up to 3 days ahead making this a cinch to whip up.
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.
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 Easy Apple Dumpling recipe you’ll really want to sink your fork into!
Easy Apple Dumpling Recipe
- 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
- 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.