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Baked Apple Dumplings

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Baked apple dumplings give you the flavor of apple pie in an individualized serving, one that looks beautiful in presentation. The taste is soothing and comforting with sweet apples baked within pie pastry along with warming cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla for a truly tasty dessert.

A homemade apple dumpling cut in half on a plate with a fork.

What Goes Into Apple Dumplings?

Apple dumplings involve peeling and coring apples, then stuffing them with butter and brown sugar to be wrapped in pie pastry before baking. The result creates something akin to a mini apple pie without going to the trouble of slicing or chopping up apple pieces.

What’s great about apple dumplings is that they look stunning but are very simple to make. They take a while to bake, though the prep time is easy, allowing you to put up your feet and enjoy the heavenly aroma wafting around your home until the oven timer chimes!

Five homemade apple dumplings in a baking pan.

Common Questions

Where are apple dumplings from?

It’s said that apple dumplings came from Pennsylvania, originating with the Amish. In fact, for the Amish communities, this is often eaten for breakfast. For many though, this is a distinguished dessert that looks cozy yet plates very well.

Which apples should I use to make apple dumplings?

Any baking apple will be great for apple dumplings, though Granny Smith might just be the best since they stay firmer. You can also use Gala, Honeycrisp, or Jonathan apples depending on what you find though they will come out with less firm of a texture than Granny Smith.

Can you make apple dumplings ahead of time?

Apple dumplings are easy to make ahead so you can free up your time when guests come. Simply prepare them up to 48 hours ahead and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to bake.

Can apple dumplings be frozen?

You also have the option of freezing apple dumplings, though they are best when you bake them first before freezing. You will want to put them on a baking sheet to flash-freeze for about 2 hours. Then you can move them into an airtight container or freezer bag to store together.

What do I serve with apple dumplings?

Some people just love the fresh sugary butter mixture poured over the top, but a little bit of vanilla ice cream makes these apple dumplings even more heavenly.

A homemade apple dumpling on a plate with a fork.

Chopnotch Tips

  • You can make your own pie crust if you prefer, though buying it pre-made makes this recipe even easier.
  • Using a pizza cutter can help you cut the dough into squares with ease.
  • Apple dumplings are best served hot with extra sauce on top. Making these ahead and baking while everyone eats dinner is the best way to ensure they come out hot and ready.
  • When serving guests, be sure you have vanilla ice cream on-hand in case someone wants a scoop right on top of their hot apple dumpling.
Five baked apple dumplings in a dish.

There’s nothing dumpy about this dumpling!

How to Make

Baked Apple Dumplings

Easy homemade apple dumplings that create rich and traditional flavors of an apple pie in individualized servings with sweet cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla to warm the soul.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 large apples, peeled and cored
  • ½ cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 9’’ pie crust
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease a baking pan. Unroll the pie crust and cut it into 6 square pieces.
  • Place one apple on each square (cored side up). Add one piece of butter inside each apple. Add brown sugar to each apple. Top with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Bring all pastry corners to the top of each apple and seal them well, place them into the baking pan.
  • Add the remaining 2 pieces of butter to a pan and add white sugar, water, and vanilla. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Pour over apples.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes. Enjoy with extra sauce on top!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 855kcal (43%), Carbohydrates: 147g (49%), Protein: 4g (8%), Fat: 30g (46%), Saturated Fat: 14g (88%), Cholesterol: 41mg (14%), Sodium: 383mg (17%), Potassium: 286mg (8%), Fiber: 6g (25%), Sugar: 112g (124%), Vitamin A: 571IU (11%), Vitamin C: 8mg (10%), Calcium: 56mg (6%), Iron: 2mg (11%)
course:
Dessert
cuisine:
American

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7 comments

    • Same here, Dannii. We pick so many apples and keep them in the garage to feed our apple dessert habits throughout the winter haha.

  1. 5 stars
    Oh I love this idea – little mini apple pies for one! These would be such a lovely dessert for a relaxed family dinner – thanks for the recipe.

    Reply
    • You’re welcome, Kate. And you right, a perfect family dessert for after dinner. They are even better cuddled up on the couch next to the fire!