Apple Dumplings

If you are an apple lover… and I mean cooked apples… then you will love this apple dumplings recipe. It’s actually my favorite apple based recipe of any kind, and ranks in my top three desserts of all time. Now that’s saying something. As you can see in the picture above, it goes great with ice cream. As a kid I used to pour milk over it instead of using ice cream and I still love it both ways. For me, it’s the thick, yummy sauce that makes this my favorite. I use a 14” Dutch oven for this recipe.

First, let me list the ingredients:

The Crust:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup milk


The Filling:

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  • 5 to 6 apples (I like Granny Smith apples best)
  • 5 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

The Liquid – (it becomes that great sauce I mentioned):

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Here’s how it all goes together:


Let’s make the filling. Peel the apples, core them and cut them into thimble sized pieces. Now mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and mix it together.


It’s time to create the dough. Just place all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin, making sure you have plenty of flour under the dough and on the rolling pin. Make it pretty thin. Cut it into four equal pieces as above.


Place four piles of apples on the dough as you see above. Here’s the tricky part – you need to fold the edges of the dough up around the apples and press it together the best you can to enclose the filling, making a large dumpling. Do that for all four of them. It won’t be pretty, but don’t worry about it. I use a metal pie dough scraper (about 6” wide) and slide it under the dough/filling ball. Quickly flip it upside down into the Dutch oven, that way it hides the mess you just made of the dough on the other side! Repeat this for the other three apple dumplings.


Mix all the ingredients together well for the liquid. Make sure the water is slightly warm and that you melt the butter before adding it in. Pour the liquid evenly over the dumplings. I like to sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon over (I mix about 2 tbs of sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon) over the dumplings. You are now ready to cook. Cook this at 375° for 45 minutes. If you are using a 14” oven, that’s 11 coals on the bottom (in a near the outer edge of the oven) and 15 ringed around the top, with 4 in the center area (19 total). Remember to rotate the lid ¼ turn every 15 minutes and rotate the main pain ¼ turn the opposite direction over the bottom coals at the same time.


When it’s done it should look something like this! It’s great warm and I even like it cold… but I’m addicted to this one and I’ll take it anyway it comes. You’ll probably like it best on the warm side.

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