Homemade Apple Dumplings {My Husband's Favorite}

Apple Dumplings start with peeled and cored apples filled with cinnamon sugar mixture then wrapped in a buttery flaky crust and drenched with a syrup mixture of butter, sugar, and water.  They are perfectly cooked and you are in heaven!

I am so excited to announce that I am back to blogging my recipes from my childhood to today!!

My husband is home and recovering from five months of in and out of the hospital after 3 major surgeries. He is getting stronger and stronger each day and is on his way to a full recovery. We are so thankful for all of your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Homemade Apple Dumplings are his favorite, and I told him in the hospital as soon as I could make him some, I would, and it would be my first blog post to celebrate his return home and my return to blogging my recipes. He is such a fan of my apple dumplings that before his surgery, he would sharpen his knife, and put all the apples in a bowl and set and peel and core each one of them while I was getting the dough ready to wrap them. I know what you are thinking "question" why are you not using one of those gadgets that peel and core the apples? Well, I love his company so much while he is peeling the apples and sipping on a cup of coffee telling me about some of life's truths. Although he was not able to peel and core the apples for me this time, he was here with me and for that, I am so grateful to the Lord.

Long before I started making these Homemade Apple Dumplings, they were a thing of sheer indulgence at every church event during my years I shared with Sally Listenbee, a dear friend of mine. I still have vivid memories in my mind of her bringing these to our church socials. It was not unusual for you to go to the dessert table first or you were taking a chance of not getting any of her apple dumplings. Those of us who would get the food tables ready, would on occasion dip up our serving and stash them in the kitchen until we fixed our plates. Isn't that sad? "giggles" I must say, I would probably do the same today. That is how good they are. Although she moved away years later to Houston, and I don't get to see her very often, there is not a time that I make these apple dumplings that I don't think about Sally, and our wonderful years together. This recipe is not only my most requested one to give out, but my most requested dessert to bring to a family gathering, company potluck lunch, and church socials.

These can be made ahead of time and frozen until ready to bake. Just make the syrup when you are ready to bake.

Homemade Apple Dumplings
Recipe adapted from: Sally Listenbee-Lowe

Ingredients: Apples
    2 cups of sugar
    1/4 cup of cinnamon
    5 cups flour
    2 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 3/4 cups cold shortening
    12 tablespoons ice cold water
    12 granny smith apples, peeled and cored

    Ingredients: Syrup
    3 cups sugar
    3 cups water
    1/2 cup butter
Directions:  Apples
In a 2 cup measuring cup combine sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is uniform; mixture should be fairly coarse. Sprinkle with water, a tablespoon at a time; toss with fork.

Work dough into 12 balls with your hands, approximately 3 oz each.

One at a time, roll each pastry ball to form an 8 inch circle. Place peeled and cored apple in the center of the circle.

Pour a portion of the cinnamon sugar mixture into the center of the apple up to the top.

Bring the edges of the pastry to the top of the apple to enclose it, then press to seal. Repeat with the remaining 11 apples.

Space the dumplings evenly in the baking dish.  While making the syrup mixture, preheat oven 400 degrees F.

Make syrup mixture and pour over each dumpling.

Bake for 1 hour.  Dumplings will be golden brown and bubbly.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Directions: Syrup
In a large saucepan add water, sugar, and butter. Heat only until the butter melts and pour syrup over each dumpling.

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  1. ((Hugs to you and hubby)) first of all, and glad that you have him back home with you after the ordeal you've been through. And how sweet that you made him apple dumplings upon his return. God bless you both and continued recovery to your hubby...XOX

  2. Oh my gosh! I just stopped by and see that you are back! I'm so glad and I'm very very very happy your husband is getting stronger. Good luck with the recovery. I'm sure your love and baking will help!

  3. Looks delicious!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by What's Cooking Wednesday!! Hope to see you next week :)

  4. As I was scrolling to find something good to eat, I came across this post regarding your husband and his coming home. Sending best wishes for continued health and togetherness for each of you!

  5. Mom,

    There is no need to plug my Scentsy in this afternoon. The aroma of cinnamon & sugar fills my kitchen as apple dumplings are baking in the oven at this very moment. I am overwhelmed with love and thankfulness for you today!! Thanks for continually inspiring me to be a BETTER me for HIs purpose and glory! I love you.
    Jennifer <3

  6. Well, I can see why they would be your husband's favorites. They would be mine, too. I'm a huge apple cinnamon fan. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  7. These look scrumptious!! I want one now!

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  8. Hi K...

    Well my friend, I realize that this post was written last year but I would still just like to say that I am so happy that your husband is doing so well! I'm sure that must have been a very trying time for you both...the Lord is so good to us!

    Mmmm...homemade apple dumplings? They look and sound heavenly! In fact, it's very, very late while I am writing this but was thinking that an apple dumpling would make a great midnight snack! Hehe! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! I would love to give your recipe a try!

    Happy Memorial Day, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  9. I have been looking for a homemade apple dumpling recipe for SO long and here it is! I have some big beautful Lebanese apples in my crisper as we speak!! Thanks so much for sharing and God bless you and praying your husband makes a full recovery!

  10. Cute Blog! I loved it so much I decided to follow! Happy Wednesday! I would love for you to stop by and check out my blog as well! If you like it you can follow back! Thanks! Hope to blog with you again soon!


  11. These look delicious! I'll have to give them a try! Found you at the Wednesday Blog Hop, and am glad I did! Am a happy new follower :).


  12. Marlee ~ so glad you stopped by CWK...you will not be disappointed with the apple dumplings...they are simply delicious!

  13. Congratulations to your husband for being on the mend. And to you for a fantastic recipe that you can share with us! Wow!

    Thanks so much for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  14. How wonderful that he is able to be back home with you. I bet he will be back in the kitchen peeling apples with you again before you know it. Those homemade apple dumplings look absolutely scrumptious. I wanted to invite you to stop in and share them today at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day :)

  15. Wooow, I want to try this!! It looks so good and is bookmarked in this second! Wishing all the best for your husband!

  16. I LOVE apple dumplings - yours look especially delicious! Will have to try this recipe sometime...great job :) Following you!

    I really like your blog - I'm trying to get mine off the ground and was wondering if you could come check it out and consider following.


    Hope you have an *amazing* day! :)


  17. That is some delicious comfort food right there.

  18. These are just like my mother used to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  19. Hi Kay,
    I know that you are just filled with gratitude with your husbands recovery. Apple Dumplings are a very special treat and made with so much love. They look like they will sure speed the recovery! Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    God Bless you and your husband.
    Miz Helen

  20. Hmm.. These really look delicious!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up with {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  21. Looks so yummy.I hope your husband continues to recover well. Thanks for linking up.
    Crystal www.chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com

  22. Those look fantastic!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  23. Thanks so much for linking this wonderful Childhood favorite recipe up to Made it on Monday!

    It will be a favorite of mine as well I am sure!

    I hope you will join me and (4) of my friends here:

    :) Lark

  24. Those look delicious! I just featured them on my blog. :)


  25. Oh, well you had me concerned, but then I noticed that the date was almost a full year ago. Sure hope your husband is better by now. Thanks for stopping by Joy of Desserts to link this post from your archives.

  26. These look delicious! I hope your husband is having a good recovery. Take care.

  27. I can almost smell them...delicious! Perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  28. Hi! Stopping back by to let you know that your recipe was one of the top recipes on last week's Sweet Indulgences Sunday. Hope you'll join us again this week.

  29. They look delicious!! and I'm happy to hear that he's home to enjoy them. Blessings~

  30. I love that this recipe is made from scratch. Most recipes use some type of biscuit or dough from the store. These look delicious!

  31. Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found this recipe at just the right time since I have everything I need to make these. I have my own 'baby steps' blog site so that my kids have a place to go and get a recipe for something they remember from the past. Mostly, in comparison to some of the FANCY/BEAUTIFUL things you post, I have our family 'basics'. I LOVE your recipes, the pictures, and your writings! Since this recipe was posted quite a while ago, I hope you husband DID make a full recovery-- I could FEEL the love you have for him while reading this post. My husband had a 'usually fatal' kind of heart attack two years ago and after ten days in the hospital, he RECOVERED without brain damage or physical impairment-- in March, we'll celebrate 50 years of marriage (everyday is reason to celebrate, though!). My blog is at http://milkmaidrecipebox.blogspot.com/

  32. Here I am finding this 3 years later. I like that these can be frozen ahead of time. Could you please explain that? How do you package it, individually or all together, baking time, baking temp and everything else I should know. Thanks!