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Apple Dumplings with Sauce

This warm and comforting recipe for apple dumplings is incredible by itself or served with ice cream. You can decorate each dumpling by cutting 1-inch leaves and a 1/2-inch stem from the leftover dough. —Robin Lendon, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 8 medium tart apples, peeled and cored
  • 8 teaspoons butter
  • 9 teaspoons cinnamon sugar, divided
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed


  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide into 8 portions. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Roll each portion of dough between 2 lightly floured sheets of waxed paper into a 7-in. square. Place an apple on each square. Place 1 teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar in the center of each apple.
  • Gently bring up corners of pastry to each center, trimming any excess; pinch edges to seal. If desired, cut out apple leaves and stems from dough scraps; attach to dumplings with water. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.
  • In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring just to a boil, stirring until blended. Pour over apples.
  • Bake until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown, 50-55 minutes, basting occasionally with sauce. Serve warm.

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  • Phyllis
    Oct 13, 2020

    Loved this recipe. I also had to add a little more water to the dough, and I used Fuji apples, family loved them, thank you

  • Barbe
    Oct 7, 2019

    Everything was great about this but the pie dough recipe. 1/3 cup of water wasn’t enough to get the dough to bind. I kept adding a little bit until it held together. I used almost 2/3 cup of water.

  • TrishtheDish1
    Feb 25, 2019

    Made as written, these were very good. I did use Gala apples as that was what I had on hand. I would make this recipe again.

  • Nita
    Oct 15, 2018

    Delicious and getting overwhelming praise. Used the recipe with only 1 small change. Made the sauce with apple cider instead of water and so reduced the brown sugar to just a tad more than 1/2 cup.

  • Tonja
    Sep 30, 2018

    No comment left

  • Malia
    Jan 20, 2018

    OMG-Good! First time making dumplings. Wow. Love, love, love them. Tip, don't forget to dip your finger into water as you're wrapping the dough so it sticks together. I used half water and half dark Rum for the sauce and it was fantastic. This is a keeper. I even posted a pic on Facebook! Lol They are now an internet sensation!!

  • Sherlyn
    Oct 14, 2017

    This is almost like my Mama's, except she made a different pie dough. She always added the apple peels to the sauce, then removed them. Thank you for this recipe! It brings back memories

  • SA
    Mar 13, 2017

    Can you use premade pie crust dough just as successfully?

  • angela32
    Apr 6, 2016

    Sooooooooooooooooooo good! Just don't forget the vanilla ice cream!

  • sugarcrystal
    Apr 5, 2016

    Awesome recipe. I add maple extract to the syrup because that's what my mom always did. Best served with butter pecan ice cream!