Homemade Apple Dumplings

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


My apple dumpling recipe comes from a good friend and it never ceases to amaze me how many memories flow in every time I make them.  

Homemade sometimes means a time-consuming recipe.  These are well worth it down to making the homemade crust.  On the plus side, the apple dumplings also freeze well to bake later.  This saves time when baking for holidays when there is so much to do getting ready for guest or family coming.

The crust is my go-to pie crust recipe I use all the time for savory or sweet pies. It is easy to work with and makes a fabulous warm dumpling-like texture that grabs all the wonderful apple cinnamon sugar juices in the bottom of the pan.  I am real particular about the type of apples I use in the dumplings.


I find some apple varieties don't cook through enough while others cook too much and turn to mush.  I only use Granny Smith apples and be sure to select all of them the same medium size.   They cook evenly and are easier to arrange in the pan.  

Before you peel and core the apple, it is better to make the pie crust dough.  After making, the pie crust, divide the dough into 12 equal balls.  Roll them out into a circle and place wax paper between them.

When ready to make the dumpling, take one of the rolled out doughs and place a peeled and cored apple in the center.  Pour a mixture of cinnamon sugar in the center. While holding the apple in place, pull sides of the dough around the apple.  Place them in a large dish.  


There is a VERY important step.   As the warm syrup is being made, preheat the oven.  I cannot stress this enough.  Preheating the oven will keep the dough from breaking down while the dumplings are baking.  The syrup doesn't have to be boiling just heat until the butter melts.  Do not boil it.  When the syrup is warm, close to hot, ladle it over each apple. Then go back and do it again until all the syrup is gone.

Now it is time to bake them.  When the dumplings come out of the oven, they are baked perfectly.  If you happen to have some ice cream handy, it is a great addition, but let me tell you they are heavenly without any.

These warm apple dumplings make an appearance at all our family gatherings.  I hope you get to make some real soon.  Enjoy!


Homemade Apple Dumplings

Ingredients: Pastry for 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.  At this point, the apple dumplings can be frozen and baked later.  (See directions below)

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.  (Directions below)

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 and go back and pour over each dumpling until all the syrup is gone.

Directions: How to freeze the dumplings
After apples have been wrapped with pie crust dough, place on a lined sheet pan with foil or wax paper.  Place the sheet pan in the freezer and freeze for 1 hour.   After the apples are frozen, place in a sealable bag.  They can be frozen up to 6 months.  When ready to bake, remove dumplings and place in dish and follow the syrup directions and bake.  It will take about 30 minutes extra to bake frozen.




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    This recipe first published August 2010.  Updated September 2016


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39 comments :

  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

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  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!

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  3. Looks delicious!!!

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

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  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!

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  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

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  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.

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  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

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  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!

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  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!

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  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 :).

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

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  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.

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  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 :)
    Katie

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

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  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.

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    Hope you have an *amazing* day! :)

    Alex

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  17. That is some delicious comfort food right there.

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

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  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

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  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!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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

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  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!
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  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:
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    :) Lark

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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!

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  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/

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  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!

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  33. These look lovely. I really appreciate the freezing directions, so nice for a small household.

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  34. Now I'm ready to go apple picking! I bet these taste amazing!!

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  35. We were just in Solvang and they had these! I can't wait to surprise my husband making them at home!

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    1. He will be thrilled....thank you for stopping by and welcome to CWK!

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  36. This is the perfect time of year for apple dumplings and these look so good! I've never made them myself yet, but I want to try sometime!

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  37. I am so glad I found this because it looks soooooo delicious! I would like to invite you to come share this at our party we would love to have you! https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/2016/09/14/the-homesteader-hop-20/

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