Apple Dumpling

Originated from the northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania, the apple dumpling recipe has spread over different parts of the world, making it a worldwide sensation. The food features the softness and gooeyness at the bottom while the crispness on top, and tastes like apple pie.

Today, it’s served as a preferred dessert paired with a number of foods, including ice cream, milk, cinnamon and brown sugar, thereby, can tantalize the taste buds of both kids and adults alike.

As there are many adaptations of the recipe for apple dumpling, in this article, we introduce the most common method to try right at your kitchen.

Recipe For Delicious Apple Dumplings


  • Prep Time1 hr
  • Cook Time50 min
  • Total Time1 hr 50 min
  • Serving Size8
  • Energy760 cal

Apple dumpling

For dumpling

  • 3 cups purpose flour
  • 8 medium tart apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 cup shortening
  • teaspoon salt
  • 8 teaspoon butter
  • 9 teaspoons cinnamon-sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup cold water

For sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water



In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Add water gradually in bowl and toss with a fork until dough forms a ball.


Divide the dough into eight portions. Cover and keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.


Preheat oven to 350°. Roll each portion of dough between two lightly floured sheets of waxed paper into a 7-in. square.

4Place an apple on each square. Place 1 teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar in the center of each apple.5

Gently bring up corners of pastry to each center, trimming any excess; pinch edges to seal. Transfer dumplings to a prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.


In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring just to a boil, stirring until blended. Pour over apples.


Bake 50-55 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown, basting occasionally with sauce. Serve warm.

It’s worth mentioning that some people prefer pouring some drinks like 7-up, Mountain Dew, Sprite or ginger beer to the sides of the dumplings to form a nice crust while baking. If you are interested in, try some!

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size8
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories760
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat40 g51.28%
  • Saturated Fat16 g80%
  • Cholesterol41 mg13.67%
  • Sodium466 mg20.26%
  • Total Carbohydrate97 g35.27%
  • Protein5 g10%
  • * The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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