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Baked Apple Dumplings: A Recipe

Updated on August 12, 2014
Baked apple dumplings, ready to eat!
Baked apple dumplings, ready to eat! | Source
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On rare occasions, my mom would make apple dumplings for supper on cold winter evenings. She never made them as often as I wished she would, but they were all the more special because of their scarcity. I am not certain what recipe she used, but it was a delicious one.

I have experimented with several different recipes to find a good one for baked apple dumplings. One I tried had too much dough and not enough apple, and another was too sweet. So I have finally settled on my favorite recipe for baked apple dumplings!

These are a bit time-consuming to prepare (which is probably why my mother didn't make them often), but I think they are well worth the effort. If you own an apple corer/peeler, that would speed up the process considerably.

I also make my own cinnamon sugar for this recipe. I measure out the sugar and stir in cinnamon until it "looks right."

Apple dumplings ready to pop into the oven.
Apple dumplings ready to pop into the oven. | Source

Cook Time

  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 6 servings

Baked Apple Dumplings


6 baking apples

2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup shortening

1/2 cup milk

6 heaping teaspoons cinnamon sugar (or more if you have a big sweet tooth)


1 cup brown sugar

2 cups water

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter


Preheat oven to 375 degrees while you prepare the apples.

Pare and core the apples. (Do not slice.) Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender. Sprinkle milk over mixture and press together with a fork until the dough holds together. Do not over-mix. Roll out dough and cut into six squares.

Place an apple on each square of dough and pour cinnamon sugar inside the apple cavity. Pat dough around the apple, securing edges. Place in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish, with the seam side down.

To make the sauce:

Combine brown sugar, water, and cinnamon and cook on HIGH for 5 minutes in the microwave. Add butter and allow it to melt. Pour the sauce over the apples and bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender.

Serve each apple with sauce, in a bowl of cold milk. Delicious! Or serve with vanilla ice cream. These apple dumplings can be a dessert, but they are quite filling on their own as a main dish for supper.



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      katedonavon 5 years ago

      You're welcome, Marla Rose! Thanks for your votes and comment.

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      Marla Rose 5 years ago from Aventura, Florida

      Thank you Kate for this wonderful homemade recipe! I have always heard how wonderfully delicious apple dumplings are, but had no idea how they were made. I voted up and useful and interesting.

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      katedonavon 5 years ago

      Thanks for reading and voting, Shesabutterfly!

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Always looking for good apple recipes. Never heard of apple dumplings, but these look great! Will definitely be making these some day soon. They look very yummy. Voted up and useful.

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      katedonavon 5 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words and the votes, Arlene! I'm always happy to hear that people like my writing. :)

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Great recipe to try since we have plenty of apple orchards near Sacramento, and any of those apples will do. I like the way this recipe was written, and I am bookmarking it. Voted up, interesting and AWESOME.

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      katedonavon 5 years ago

      I love it, puter_dr! What a great way to get out of a speeding ticket!:)

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      puter_dr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

      This is one of my favorite things.

      My Mother in Law makes them for me, and in her little town, she is famous for her apple dumplings. She recently settled a speeding ticket by making dumplings for the sheriff's dept.

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      katedonavon 5 years ago

      Marcy Goodfleisch--I just made them on a recent chilly evening too. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Yummy! The weather here is perfect for this type of comfort dessert - I need to try it soon!