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Blackberry Dumplings

As long as I can remember, my mother has been making blackberry dumplings. They finish cooking while you eat—and they really do make you hurry through Sunday dinner! It can be an everyday dessert, too, though. Try it with roast chicken, beef or ham. Sometimes I'll make it in winter just to have a taste of summer. —Liecha Collins, Oneonta, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 quart fresh or frozen (loose-pack) blackberries
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • Cream or whipped cream, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, combine the blackberries, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and lemon extract. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and remaining sugar and salt. Add milk; stir just until mixed. (Dough will be very thick.)
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls into 6 mounds onto hot blackberry mixture; cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean.
  • Spoon into serving dishes. Serve with cream or whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 240 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Andrew
    Nov 5, 2020

    I found no need to add water like some others have suggested. The recipe comes out fine if you follow the directions. Simple and tasty.

  • Ajay
    Mar 29, 2018

    Ofe of the best BlackBerry Dumpling recipe by taste of home.I also have the same with different method.

  • LBurkey
    Aug 3, 2015

    This was very delicious, but I agree with Spicyvioletcajun and niahgirl. They forgot to list the water that is needed to cook with the blackberries. Also, once the dumplings were done, the blackberry mixture was pretty runny, so I removed the dumplings to serving bowls and then mixed a little cornstarch and water together and added it slowly to the simmering blackberry mixture while stirring, to thicken it up a bit. Then I topped the dumplings with the blackberry mixture. Wonderful summer dessert. Would be extra delicious with vanilla ice cream.

  • Spicyvioletcajun
    Jul 5, 2015

    You need to add the same amount of water as sugar to your dutchoven/pot. It appears that ingredient was overlooked. Other then that this recipe was delicious.

  • niahgirl
    Jul 20, 2014

    Something missing in this recipe, water to boil berries in, am I correct?

  • AWise
    Aug 16, 2010

    I didn't have any problems with this recipe, but none of us liked it very much.

  • rwortham
    Jul 13, 2010

    Add 1 1/2 cups of water to cook the berries and steam the dumplings.

  • August1
    May 24, 2010

    I don't know if the recipe on here is wrong but there is nothing to boil in the first ingredients. All the sugar does is coat the blackberries and the dumplings didn't turn out either.

  • TexasCookie
    Jan 25, 2010

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  • Aislinn
    Jul 16, 2007

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