Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

apple dumplings
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins

The syrup that is poured over the apple dumplings bakes into a delicious sauce. Eat the dumplings straight from the oven or warmed up.


2cups all-purpose flour
2teaspoons baking soda
1teaspoon salt
2/3cup chilled butter
1/2cup 2% reduced-fat milk
4medium baking apples (such as Rome, Ida Red or Cortland), peeled and cored
6tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 1/2tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3cup dried cranberries (optional)
1cup granulated sugar
1 1/2cups water
1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. To prepare dumplings, combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter, using your hands, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in milk and stir to form a dough. Add more flour if needed to make dough less sticky.  Do not overwork. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into two 6-inch squares.
  3. Cut off top and bottom of each apple to flatten. Rinse in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Mix together 4 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place 1 apple in center of each dough square. Fill cores with a little sugar mixture. Generously sprinkle half the remaining sugar mixture on apples. Moisten the edges of pastry square with a finger dipped in cool water and bring corners together at the top of the apple. Press edges together to seal and pinch together any tears in the dough around the apple. Repeat with remaining dough and apples.
  5. Place all four dumplings in a baking dish, 1 inch apart, and decorate with cut-outs made from leftover dough.
  6. Combine syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then remove from heat to cool slightly.  Pour around dumplings and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake 45 minutes, until apples are tender and pastry is nicely browned. If pastry is browning too quickly, place foil over the top for the final 10 to 15 minutes of baking.

Recipe courtesy of Straight From the Farm (

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 1020
  • Fat 32g
  • Saturated Fat 20g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 8g
  • Cholesterol 85mg
  • Sodium 1510mg
  • Potassium 1440mg
  • Carbohydrate 178g
  • Fiber 8g
  • Sugars 71g
  • Protein 12g
  • Trans Fat 1.5g
  • Vitamin A 20%
  • Vitamin C 620%
  • Calcium 10%
  • Iron 20%