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Mom’s Apple Dumplings

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 16, 2022
“My mother and her twin sister used to make these dumplings together when they were younger,” writes Gina Hill of Ottawa, Kansas. “Now my mom and I make them for many special family occasions.


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 to 6 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 6 small tart apples, peeled and cored
  • 4 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. For syrup, in a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; add butter and food coloring if desired. Stir until butter is melted; set aside.
  2. For dumplings, in a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 18x12-in. rectangle. Cut into six squares. Place an apple in the center of each square.
  4. Combine 2 teaspoons sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over apples. Dot with butter. Bring up corners of pastry to center; pinch edges to seal.
  5. Place in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Pour syrup over dumplings; sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  6. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and apples are tender. Serve warm with cream.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 794 calories, 43g fat (18g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 642mg sodium, 98g carbohydrate (63g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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