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Easy Apple Dumplings

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.


6 servings

My mother often prepared this apple dumpling recipe 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
Easy Apple Dumplings Recipe photo by Taste of Home


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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour syrup around apples. Bake until golden brown and apples are tender, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.

Easy Apple Dumpling Tips

What type of apple is best for this apple dumpling recipe?

Tart apples like Granny Smith and others such as Jonathan, Honeycrisp and Gala taste wonderful and stand up to baking well. Find more of the best apples for apple pie.

How do you reheat apple dumplings?

To keep the texture just right, reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until heated through. Try serving them with this homemade vanilla ice cream when they’re ready!

How should you store apple dumplings?

Cover the apple dumplings with plastic wrap and seal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When you run out of apple dumplings, try some of these other easy apple dessert recipes!

Elizabeth Harris
Dough for double-crust pie
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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