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Easy Apple Dumplings

My mother often prepared this special treat for us, ready to take out of the oven just as we came home from school. I can remember their magnificent aroma as I opened the front door so vividly. —Marjorie Thompson, West Sacramento, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  • 6 small to medium apples, peeled and cored

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. For syrup, place 1 cup sugar, water, 3 tablespoons butter and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes; remove from heat.
  • Mix the remaining ½ cup sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 21x14-in. rectangle; cut into 6 squares. Place an apple on each square. Fill center of each with 4 teaspoons sugar mixture and ½ teaspoon butter. Moisten edges of crust with water; bring up corners over apples, pinching edges to seal. Place in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Pour syrup around apples. Bake until golden brown and apples are tender, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a 1-inch-thick square; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Editor's Note
Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 773 calories, 39g fat (24g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 104g carbohydrate (62g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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