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Easy Apple Dumplings

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These easy apple dumplings are a delicious fall dessert that are yummy served alone or a scoop of sweet vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel sauce.
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  1. EASY APPLE DUMPLINGS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY APPLE DUMPLING RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Easy apple dumplings are a sweet fall dish that incorporates the cozy flavors that are always a hit this time of year. Crisp apples are soaked in a sweet sauce, wrapped in a flaky crescent roll, and then baked to warm, bubbling perfection.

While you have an abundance of apples, why not try our other classic apple recipes such as this Apple Pie recipe? Or if time is a bit short, use them up with this quick Apple Dump Cake recipe.

EASY APPLE DUMPLINGS INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 2 green apples, diced
  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ⅓ cup Sprite or 7UP
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

APPLES: It is best to use Granny Smith apples for this kind of apple dumpling recipe, but you can also try different varieties if you prefer. Go with Honeycrisp or Braeburn as good options because they will keep their shape when cooked and have a nice crisp texture.

CINNAMON: If you want a spicier version of this great recipe, add ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg or cardamom alongside the cinnamon.

SPRITE: You can also use Mountain Dew in place of the Sprite or 7UP if that’s what you have or prefer in this simple recipe.

PIE CRUST: For an alternative, you can make these sweet dumplings with pie crust. You can either use a premade pie dough and roll it out and cut it to the triangle shape. Or you can make a flaky homemade pie crust and then roll and shape it the same way.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: If you want to make the dessert a little sweeter, mix in a handful of chocolate chips with the apples.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY APPLE DUMPLING RECIPE

STEP ONE: Peel, core, and dice the apples, and then place them in a medium bowl with water and lemon juice to stop them from going brown.

PRO TIP

An apple corer and apple slicer are invaluable tools when you are making apple desserts.

STEP TWO: Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×9-inch baking dish.

STEP THREE: Drain the apples and return them to the bowl. In a separate bowl, add ½ tablespoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix and then sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the apples, tossing to make sure they are coated.

STEP FOUR: Roll out the crescent dough into triangles on a floured surface. Place 3 tablespoons of apple onto each triangle.

STEP FIVE: Roll the triangle up and seal the edges to make the dumplings.

STEP SIX: Place the rolls on the baking tray and set them aside.

STEP SEVEN: In another bowl, mix melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, flour, vanilla extract, and apple pie spice. Whisk to combine.

STEP EIGHT: Pour the flour mixture over top of the dumplings and then pour the Sprite or 7UP around the edges.

PRO TIP

Make sure you are very precise with the amount of soda you use. If you use too much, there’s a chance you will end up with soggy bottoms on your apple dumplings. Or worse, they don’t cook properly. So be careful to use just the right amount.

STEP NINE: Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

HOW TO SERVE

You can serve this simple apple dumpling recipe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and caramel sauce. Or, you can go for a savory option and serve the dumplings with chunks of cheese. Any way you serve this perfect dessert, it will be a delicious treat.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store any leftover apple dumplings in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Store them in a plastic or glass dish with a tight lid. To reheat, turn on the oven to 350°F and add the dumplings to a foil-covered pan to stop them from burning. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

You don’t have to be a baker to make these quick and easy homemade apple dumplings. Tart apples are drenched in a buttery brown sugar sauce and wrapped in flaky pastry dough for a delightful and tasty treat. They are a delicious fall dessert but can be enjoyed any time of year with a scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the best apples for apple dumplings?

We recommend either Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburns for this recipe as they will hold up well during baking.

Can I make these dumplings ahead of time?

These apple dumplings with crescent rolls are best made just before you are ready to bake and enjoy them.

Can I use pie crust instead of crescent rolls for this recipe?

Pie crust would work just as well as crescent roll dough for this recipe. You could use either store-bought or homemade pie crust.

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Easy Apple Dumplings

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These easy apple dumplings are a delicious fall dessert that are yummy served alone or a scoop of sweet vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel sauce.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 green apples diced
  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • cup Sprite or 7UP
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Peel, core, and dice apples. Place the diced apples in a medium bowl with water and lemon juice to prevent browning of the apples.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×9-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • Drain the apples from the water and place them back in the bowl. In a small separate bowl combine ½ tablespoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix together and then sprinkle over the apples and stir to coat all sides of the diced apples.
  • Roll out crescent rolls into individual triangles. Place 3 tablespoons of apples on each triangle. Roll the crescent roll triangle and seal the edges together to make dumplings.
  • Place the rolled crescent rolls in the baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine melted butter, brown sugar, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, and apple pie spice. Whisk to combine.
  • Pour butter mixture over the tops of the dumplings. Pour the Sprite around the edges of the dumplings.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Notes

TIP: An apple corer and apple slicer are invaluable tools when you are making apple desserts.
 
TIP: Make sure you are very precise with the amount of soda you use. If you use too much, there’s a chance you will end up with soggy bottoms on your apple dumplings. Or worse, they don’t cook properly. So be careful to use just the right amount.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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