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Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings


These mini pies are flavored with cinnamon sugar and bake in water to create a rich buttery sauce. These are the perfect dessert served in milk, with whipped cream, or my favorite with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Rate this recipe 2.4/5 (17 Votes)


  • Dough
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 3 large apples (Gala, Jonagold, Jazz), peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • water
  • Serve with milk, whipped cream, or ice cream


Servings 10
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 45mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375˚ F. In a mixing bowl add the flour and salt, stir.

Step 2

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 2

With a pastry blender or a fork, cut in the shortening until the mixture is a coarse meal.

Step 3

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 3

Add the lemon juice and the milk and stir with a wooden spoon to make the dough.

Step 4

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 4

Cover with a cloth and set aside.

Step 5

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 5

Peel and thinly slice the apples, place in a bowl and set aside.

Step 6

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 6

Combine the 1/2 cup sugar with the 2 tsp cinnamon and place in a small bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces, set aside. Spray 2 9x13 or in my case a 10x15 and a 8x8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Lightly flour a work surface and a rolling pin. Roll out the dough into a thin rectangle.

Step 7

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 7

With a knife or pizza cutter, slice the dough into wedges. In the center of each wedge place a small handful of apples, generously sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and then dot with some of the butter cubes.

Step 8

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 8

Seal each dumpling leaving the corners open.

Step 9

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 9

Place in the prepared pans leaving space between each dumpling. Pour enough water into each pan to reach about 1/2" in height. Generously sprinkle the tops with the plain sugar. Bake until golden brown about 40-45 minutes.

Step 10

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings - Step 10

It may not take as long or it may take a little longer depending on how much water you use and how your oven cooks. You want a nice beautiful color on the crust and it should not be doughy on the top at all but have a nice crispness to it.

(After taste testing my husband told me to put more butter and more cinnamon sugar next time, so be more generous than I was in the picture!)

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Sweet Apple Cinnamon Rolls

1 apple
Pie crust dough
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup almond powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Egg yellow(s)


1. Halve an apple and slice each half finely.

2. Cut the top of a pie crust to get a straight edge.

3. Spread the brown sugar and almond powder all over the dough.

4. To get the first row, line up the apples in a straight line and cut out the section. Continue until all the dough is all used up.

5. Mix egg yellow and milk and cover each roll with the mixture.

6. If you wish, sprinkle a little extra brown sugar on top of each roll.

7. Bake in the oven for 18 min at 350° F.

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