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an apple dumpling with a tasty syrup drizzled over it and a scoop of ice cream, and a bite on a fork
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Apple Dumplings

These incredibly delicious Apple Dumplings are sweet, flaky and drizzled with a tasty syrup. Serve them with a scoop of ice cream for a true comforting experience.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Chilling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple dumpling recipe, apple dumplings, how to make apple dumplings
Servings: 8
Calories: 608kcal


For The Crust

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoon butter unsalted, cold and cut into cubes
  • 8 tablespoon shortening cold and cut into cubes
  • 6 tablespoon ice water or more as needed

For Brown Sugar Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For Dumplings

  • 4 medium apples peeled, cut half in and cored
  • 2 tablespoon butter unsalted, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon



  • Form the crust: Start by making the crust. Add the flour, salt, butter, shortening to the bowl of your mixer and mix to incorporate. Start adding a little bit of water at a time, and keep adding until the dough starts to come together.
  • Refrigerate the dough: Dump the dough onto your work surface and divide it into 2 pieces. Wrap each piece of dough in plastic wrap then refrigerate for 30 minutes.


  • Combine the syrup: Add all the syrup ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to a simmer and let the syrup reduce to about half, should take about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Prep the apples: Peel the apples, cut them in half and remove the core.

Assemble and Bake

  • Combine the filling: In a small bowl mix together the 3 tbsp of brown sugar with 1 tsp of cinnamon. Take 2 tablespoons of butter, cut it into 8 small pieces and roll each piece in the sugar cinnamon mixture. Place each butter piece in the center of each apple.
  • Preheat your oven to 425 F degrees.
  • Cut the crust: On a floured surface, roll out one of the pieces of crust and cut it out into 4 pieces. Each piece of has to be big enough to folder over the apple completely. Fold the crust over the apples, use a bit of water if necessary to wet your finger and run it along the edge of the crust. Pinch off any excess dough.
  • Assemble the dish: Pour about a ladle of the brown sugar syrup into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place the apple dumplings in the baking dish and pour the remaining syrup over the apples.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes or until the apple dumplings are golden brown. Let the dumplings cool for about 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Baked apple dumplings will keep at room temperature for up to 2 days, covered loosely with foil or plastic wrap. You can keep them for an additional 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.
  2. To freeze, wrap the dumplings tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap and store it in the freezer for 3 to 4 months.
  3. Thaw out the apple dumplings in the fridge and then reheat it in a 350 F degree oven for 30 minutes or until warm.


Serving: 1dumpling | Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg