September 18, 2023Review Recipe
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Easy apple dumplings with crescent rolls are a sweet fall dish that incorporates the comforting 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.
Easy Apple Dumplings Ingredients
- 2 green apples, diced
- 4 cups of water
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tube of crescent rolls
- ½ cup of butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of apple pie spice
- ⅓ cup of Sprite or 7UP
Substitutions And Additions for Apple Dumplings with Crescent Rolls
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. They also offer a slightly sweeter flavor profile.
CINNAMON: If you want a spicier version of this great recipe, add ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg or cardamom alongside the cinnamon.
SPRITE OR 7UP: The recipe calls for Sprite or 7UP to create a sweet syrup for the dumplings. If you don’t have these on hand, you could substitute with another citrus-based soda or even ginger ale.
Just remember, the flavor of the soda can subtly influence the overall taste of the dumplings.
PIE CRUST: For an alternative, you can make these sweet dumplings with pie crust. You can use a premade pie dough and roll it out and cut it into a triangle shape.
Or you can make a flaky homemade pie crust and then roll and shape it the same way.
The pie crust will offer a slightly different, but equally delicious, texture to the dumplings.
CHOCOLATE CHIPS: If you want to make the dessert a little sweeter, mix in a handful of chocolate chips with the apples.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
An apple corer and apple slicer are invaluable tools when you are making apple desserts.
How To Make This Easy Apple Dumplings 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.
When preparing the apples, make sure to core them properly to remove all seeds and hard parts. This will ensure a smooth and enjoyable texture in every bite of your dumplings.
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 two 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 to prevent sticking.
This will make the dough easier to work with and ensure a smooth texture for your dumplings.
Then, place three tablespoons of apple onto each triangle.
STEP FIVE: Roll the triangle up and seal the edges to make the dumplings.
Make sure to seal the edges well. This will prevent the apple juices from leaking out during baking.
STEP SIX: Place the rolls on the baking tray and set them aside.
Don’t worry if your dumplings aren’t perfect the first time.
Practice makes perfect, and they will still taste delicious even if they don’t all look identical.
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.
Make sure you are very precise with the amount of soda you use. If you use too much, there’s a chance your apple dumplings will have soggy bottoms or, even worse, they won’t cook properly.
STEP NINE: Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
How To Serve Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings
The beauty of these dumplings lies not only in their simplicity but also in their versatility.
With Caramel and Whipped Cream: Drizzle warm caramel sauce over your apple dumplings and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Both will complement the tartness of the apples.
With Cheddar Cheese: For a savory twist, serve these apple dumplings with slices of sharp cheddar cheese. The contrast between the sweet apples and the salty cheese will create a unique and delicious flavor profile.
With Mulled Wine: If you’re enjoying these dumplings in the colder months, pair them with a glass of mulled wine. The warm, spiced wine will bring out the cinnamon and apple flavors in the dumplings.
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.
Storing Apple Dumplings with Crescent Rolls
MAKE AHEAD: These apple dumplings are a great candidate for a make-ahead dessert.
To do this, prepare the dumplings as per the recipe but stop just before you would put them in the oven.
Instead, place them on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the dumplings to a freezer-safe bag or container.
They can be stored this way for up to three months.
When you’re ready to bake, there’s no need to thaw – just add a few extra minutes to the baking time.
IN THE FRIDGE: If you have leftover apple dumplings, they can be stored in the refrigerator.
Place the dumplings in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out.
Properly stored, your apple dumplings will last for four to five days in the fridge.
IN THE FREEZER: For longer-term storage, you can freeze the baked apple dumplings.
Allow the dumplings to cool completely, then wrap each one individually in plastic wrap before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
Frozen apple dumplings will maintain their best quality for about two to three months, but will remain safe to eat beyond that time.
REHEATING: When you’re ready to enjoy your stored dumplings, you have a few options for reheating.
If they’re coming from the fridge, you can simply microwave them for about a minute, or until heated through.
For a more oven-fresh experience, reheat them in a preheated 350°F oven for ten to 15 minutes.
If you’re reheating frozen dumplings, it’s best to let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, you can reheat them in the microwave or oven as described above.
If you need to reheat them directly from the freezer, cover them with foil and bake them in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until heated through.
You don’t have to be a baker to make these quick and easy apple dumplings with crescent rolls. 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
We recommend either Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburns for this recipe, as they will hold up well during baking.
This recipe suggests placing the diced apples in a medium bowl with water and lemon juice. The acidity from the lemon juice helps to prevent the apples from browning.
Pie crust would work just as well as crescent roll dough for this recipe. You could use either store-bought or homemade pie crust.
While these dumplings are typically served warm, they can also be enjoyed at room temperature or even cold from the fridge. The flavors might be slightly different, but they will still be delicious.
Yes, as long as the pan is deep enough to hold the dumplings and the syrup, it should work. Just make sure to adjust the number of dumplings per pan so they are not overcrowded.
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Apple Dumplings With Crescent Rolls
- 2 green apples, diced
- 4 cups water
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tube crescent rolls
- 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
- ⅓ cup Sprite, or 7UP
- 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.
- An apple corer and apple slicer are invaluable tools when you are making apple desserts.
- 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.