Super Easy Apple Dumplings

Aug 31, 2021 | Food, Sweets

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Just a little surprise post on a Tuesday for you with my Super Easy Apple Dumpling recipe.  Let’s kick off fall with these cinnamony, tart, brown sugared apples wrapped in a homemade flakey pie crust, baked to perfection and covered in ooey gooey caramelized icing or just syrup if you want to call it that instead!  I made this recipe for my dad who just celebrated his 79th birthday and he loved them.  Not only are they Mr. TAL approved, they are dad approved too!  You guys will love these.  Bake them up for any occasion and have some leftovers to enjoy later with your favorite ice cream.  I love French Vanilla ice cream so that is was I layered on top in a heaping pile over my apple.  I even used dishes from Better Homes and Gardens that had fruit and apples on them but my ice cream melted over my warm apple and covered the design on the bowl up!  Sorry guys, you have to look at my tablescapes or my Sit, Stay, Eat Cookbook for more pictures of those dishes!
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First I peeled 6 Granny Smith apples, cut the ends off so they would be flat, and sliced the apple down the middle.  I took the seeds out and as the apples went into a bowl, I squirted lemon juice by Italia Garden on them.  Then I tossed them with a tablespoon of cinnamon and let the apples sit.  I wanted to try something different and rather than bake a whole apple, I wrapped sliced apples in homemade pie dough and placed them in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  I bought my baking dishes by Pioneer Woman at Walmart years ago and they have been the best dishes both in quality and design.
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As the apples marinated in the lemon and cinnamon, I made the pie crust consisting of flour, Crisco, salt, and water.  The key to my flakey pie crust is using nine tablespoons of very, very cold water mixing in 5 tablespoons first, rolling the dough, and then adding the last 4 tablespoons.  I rolled out the dough to almost a 1/4 inch thick and cut into strips.  I wrapped each piece of apple with a strip of dough and placed them with the seam or end face down in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish from Pioneer Woman.  
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Making the syrup or caramelized icing as I call it was so fun because I literally had no idea how I was going to create it.  It just came to me as I was preparing it and I figured I could make adjustments later if it didn’t turn out.  My sister said I make her nervous when I do that which made me laugh but sometimes having no plan at all ends up being the best recipe and this one is sooooooo good!  Not to brag or anything :-). In a small pan melt your butter on medium heat and add granulated sugar, brown sugar, lemon, cinnamon, and water.  Stir the ingredients together until the sugars are combined and there are no clumps.  Make sure this does not boil.  Take off heat and pour over the apples leaving some for later like a midnight snack 🙂
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Super Easy Apple Dumplings

Cinnamony, lemony, Granny Smill apples rolled in homemade flaky pie crust
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple dumplings, Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon, syrup
Author: Two Adorable Labs


Pie Crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup Crisco
  • 9 tbsp water, cold


  • 6 Granny Smith apples, sliced, seeded, peeled
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • lemon juice


  • 1 stick salted butter, Land O Lakes Extra Creamy
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, Land O Lakes Extra Creamy
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice



  • Peel, slice in half, and core the Granny Smith apples
  • Place in a bowl and add lemon juice to each apple
  • Coat with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Set aside while you make crust

Pie Crust

  • Using a pie crust mixer or a fork, mix flour, Crisco, salt, and water together. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. Slice into enough strips to wrap apples. Place apple at the begging of strip and roll apple to the end of strip. Lay wrapped apples in dish with seam down


  • In a sauce pan on medium heat, melt butter
  • Add sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon, and water to the butter and stir until combined and sugar is not in granualor form. Do not boil

Prepare Dish

  • Cover apples with sauce leaving 1/2 to 1 cup for later depening on how much you want to save
  • Bake at 475 for 1 hour or until apples are soft. Stick a knife into an apple to test.
  • Add some water if the syrup thickens to much during baking process
  • Serve warm with ice cream

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