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Old Fashioned Apple Dumpling Recipe

Updated on October 3, 2013

Vintage Recipe for Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

The leaves are starting to fall, the kids are back in school, and the aroma of cinnamon and baking apples is coming from the kitchen. I can almost taste these apple dumplings, served warm from the oven with creamy vanilla ice cream. This recipe really is easier than apple pie and the crust is much more forgiving.

This particular recipe is from an antique cookbook from about 1920. It's a recipe my grandmother had. The funny thing is, they called it "Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings," so it could be even older. I hope you enjoy it.

Vintage Image: Files of Nancy Oram

Old Fashioned Apple Dumpling Recipe

Apple Dumplings
Apple Dumplings

Vintage Recipe for Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

From around 1920

2 cups sifted pastry flour

2 level teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup shortening

about 3/4 cup milk

4 apples

cinamon or nutmeg


Sift together, three times, the flour, baking powder and salt; work in the shortening and mix to a dough with milk as needed; roll into a square sheet one-third inch thick and cut into four pieces. Lay a cored and pared apple on each piece, fill the center with sugar and cinnamon, then draw up the paste to cover the apple, make smooth, and bake on a buttered dish. When nearly baked, brush over with milk, dredge with granulated sugar, and return to the oven. Serve hot with hard sauce.

Hard Sauce

Beat half a cup of butter to a cream, gradually beat in one cup of sugar. Grate nutmeg over the top.

Photo and an alternate recipe: acookingdad.

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The Original Apple Dumpling Recipe


Here is the original page for this recipe. The original book is "The Cooks Book."

Vintage Image: Files of Nancy Oram

Photos used with permission are credited in individual modules. Every other photo on this lens resides in original form in my personal collection.

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    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      My Mom made these when I was little...delicious!. I think it's easier than apple pie, as you said.

    • poldepc lm profile image

      poldepc lm 

      6 years ago

      apple dumplings are delicious...


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