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Easy Apple Dumplings

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This easy apple dumplings recipe comes together quickly and is a delicious apple dessert that your family will love. What makes them so easy to make is that the dumplings are made using a can of crescent rolls. They’re like the old-fashioned favorite with a modern twist!

Bite of apple dumpling and ice cream.

Apple dumplings are a timeless and comforting dessert that never goes out of style. These sweet dumplings are a delightful treat made from simple ingredients, typically featuring tart apples encased in crescent dough, all baked to golden perfection.

What sets apple dumplings apart is their simplicity, making them one of those easy desserts that evoke warm memories of home-cooked goodness. As they bake, the apples become tender and infused with cinnamon and sugar, creating a heavenly aroma that fills the kitchen. 

The recipe comes from Mississippi Church Suppers, a recipe collection by Great American Publishers. The cookbook has chapters devoted to appetizers, soups & salads, vegetables & side dishes, main dishes, and desserts & sweets – all of which would be great to take to a church potluck.

Easy Apple Dumpling Recipe

To make this super simple apple dessert, you need the following ingredients:

  • 2 apples, Golden Delicious or Granny Smith, peeled and cored
  • 2 packages of crescent roll dough
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups 7-Up, or other lemon-lime soda (like Mountain Dew)
Ingredients to make baked apple dumplings.

How To Make Apple Dumplings

You begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish and set it aside.

Cut each apple into 8 slices. Roll each apple slice in 1 crescent roll and place in the buttered dish.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon into the melted butter and then cook until it has thickened.

brown sugar, butter,

Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the syrup over the dumplings.

Brown sugar syrup being poured over apple dumplings in a baking dish.

Pour the soda in the middle and along the edges of the pan (not over rolls).

Clear soda being poured over unbaked apple dumplings.

Baking Time

Bake the apple dumplings for 35 to 45 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Apple dumplings in syrup in a white baking pan.

Serve warm. For the ultimate apple dumplings, drizzle caramel sauce on top of the dumplings and finish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Two apple dumplings in a bowl with a scoop of ice cream.

How long will these apple dumplings keep?

They’ll keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.

What are the best apples to use for apple dumplings?

The best apples for making apple dumplings are those with a balance of sweet and tart flavors and firm textures that hold up well during baking.

Some popular apple varieties for apple dumplings include:

Granny Smith: These tart apples provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the pastry and syrup. They also hold their shape well when baked.
Honeycrisp: Known for their sweet and crisp texture, Honeycrisp apples can add a delightful sweetness to your dumplings.
Golden Delicious: These apples are sweet and have a smooth texture, making them a great choice for apple dumplings.
Jonagold: Jonagold apples are a cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious varieties, offering a balanced flavor profile that works well in dumplings.
Braeburn: Braeburn apples have a sweet-tart flavor and hold their shape nicely when baked, making them a good choice for dumplings.
Fuji: Fuji apples are sweet and firm, adding a pleasant sweetness and crunch to your dumplings.

It’s important to consider personal preferences and regional apple availability when choosing apples for your dumplings. A combination of apple varieties can also add complexity to the flavor. Ultimately, the best apples for your apple dumplings depend on your taste preferences and the specific flavor profile you want to achieve.

Two apple dumplings in a bowl with a scoop of ice cream.

Easy Apple Dumplings Recipe

This Easy Apple Dumplings recipe comes together quickly and is a delicious apple dessert that your family will love.  What makes them so easy to make is that the dumplings are made using a can of crescent rolls.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 400kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 apples Golden Delicious or Granny Smith, peeled and cored
  • 2 cans crescent rolls regular style (not Grands). 8 count each
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups 7-Up or other lemon soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Cut each apple into 8 slices. Roll each slice in 1 crescent roll and place in a buttered dish.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Cook until thickened, remove from heat and pour over dumplings. Pour soda in middle and along edges of the pan (not over rolls).
  • Bake 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Notes

Recipe excerpted from Mississippi Church Suppers, copyright 2015, and reprinted with permission.

Nutrition

Serving: 2dumplings | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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Apple dumplings in a white pan.

Mississippi Church Suppers

Mississippi Church Suppers is more than just a cookbook. The first few pages are dedicated to sharing God’s Plan of Salvation and then information about why one should attend church.

The preface of the book welcomes readers to the book to which they lovingly refer to as “The Ulitmate Church Cookbook.” The recipes come from Mississippi Baptist Churches and information about the churches is included throughout the book.

Not only would the recipes be great for taking to a church potluck as stated above, but they would be great for serving to your family and friends as well. Below is a sampling of the recipes that are included in the book:

  • Chicken Rotel Dip,
  • Redneck Hors-d’oeuvres,
  • Cheese Straws,
  • Taco Soup,
  • Seafood Gumbo,
  • Cornbread Salad,
  • Poppyseed Chicken,
  • Fresh Apple Cake, and
  • Chocolate Pound Cake
Mississippi Church Suppers cookbook.

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