Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings are a comforting and delicious dessert, perfect for enjoying during the cooler months. Here’s a classic recipe for you to try:


For the Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening or butter, chilled
  • 4-6 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling:

  • 4 large baking apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled and cored
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons butter, cut into small pieces

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare the Dough:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening or butter using a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a ball, then cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  1. Prepare the Apples:
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into 4 squares.
  • Place an apple on each square of dough. Fill the cavity of each apple with the sugar mixture, then dot the top of each apple with pieces of butter.
  1. Wrap the Apples:
  • Fold the edges of the dough up and over each apple, pinching the seams to seal. Place the wrapped apples seam side down in the prepared baking dish.
  1. Prepare the Sauce:
  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, butter, and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour the hot sauce over the dumplings in the baking dish.
  1. Bake:
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the apple dumplings warm, spooning some of the sauce from the baking dish over the top. Optionally, serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat.

These old-fashioned apple dumplings are sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy the comforting flavors of cinnamon-spiced apples wrapped in flaky pastry, topped with a sweet and buttery sauce.

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