~ Apple Dumplings My Way ~

Cassie *


This is my recipe & first time ever making apple dumplings. I had some leftover pie dough from Thanksgiving I wanted to use up and had extra apples left as well. So, this is what I made and let me tell you they were delicious! So easy to make too.
Save time by making your crust ahead and keep refrigerated until ready to make. The syrup takes very little time. It's just a matter of filling the apples and wrapping then. So worth the effort.
My daughter requested I make them for her upcoming birthday party. That tells me all I need to know. :)

So comforting, Enjoy!


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4 or can double crust and make 8
15 Min
1 Hr



  • 1 1/4 c
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    cold crisco
  • 6 Tbsp
    cold butter, cubed
  • 1/8 - 1/4 c
    ice water as needed to hold together

  • 2 c
  • 1 c
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp

  • 4 medium
    cored and peeled granny smith apples
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter - cut each tablespoon in half

How to Make ~ Apple Dumplings My Way ~


  1. Make your dough by placing flour, salt and sugar in food processor, hit pulse button a few times to mix. Next add the shortening and pulse - then butter, until a loose crumbly mixture is formed. Add water a little at a time and when it starts coming together and forming a ball, remove and form a disc shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill while making syrup.

    If no food processor, mix flour, salt and sugar in a bowl, cut in the butter and shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in water until holds together well. Not too sticky though.
  2. In a saucepan add 1 cup sugar, 2 cups water, 3 tablespoons butter and cinnamon. Whisk together.Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Should take on a syrupy appearance. It will more so as it cools. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

    Core and peel apples.

    Roll out dough to 1/8th - 1/4 inch thickness, on lightly floured surface. I used a bowl and cut out 4 - 6 inch circles. After cut you can roll thinner and larger if need be.
  4. Place an apple in the center of each circle and fill each cavity with 1 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar. Place 1 piece of butter into each cavity as well.

    Bring dough up to meet at the top of apple and seal.
  5. Place apples in an 8 x 8 square baking pan or a little larger. I then sprinkled tops with a little more cinnamon and sugar. Place in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.

    Pour syrup over apples.
  6. Reduce heat to 350 and bake an additional 45 minutes. Basting a few times with syrup.

    I tested the apples with a thin knife for tenderness. Remove from oven and cool some before serving. This gives the sauce some time to thicken up.
  7. Serve apples in a bowl and ladle each with more syrup. Can be served with a scoop of ice cream.


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About ~ Apple Dumplings My Way ~

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts, Puddings
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American

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