October 1, 2023

Feelings of nostalgia trail each bite of these delicious dumplings, with each bite creating memories too that will last for ages. This apple flavored delight is the perfect dessert for a cool night with family.

These old-fashioned apple dumplings bring back memories of grandma visiting. It’s nostalgic! These are the exact dumplings she used to make – warm, flaky, apple-y sweet, and drizzled with a sauce that bakes right along with them. These classic apple dumplings are prepared by peeling and coring fresh apples, filling them with butter, sugar, and spices, and wrapping them in pie crust before baking them in a delicious sauce.  You get the perfect combination of cooked apple, buttery pie crust, and sweet syrup as you cut into the baked dumplings. One taste will bring you back to your grandma’s kitchen!

Unlike regular apple dumplings, these take some time to prepare. But not to fret, the process is as easy as ABC and following these steps will have you feeling like an expert chef. You can serve this with whipped cream or ice cream while it’s still warm.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 568Kcl| Carbs: 147g| Proteins: 4.5g| Fat: 35g| Cholesterol: 37mg|

Yield: 6 dumplings

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes


6 medium baking apples

Pie dough for a 9-inch double-crust pie

For the filling:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 6 equal pieces

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

For the sauce:

1 cup unfiltered apple juice or apple cider

¾ cup lightly packed light brown sugar

¼ cup unsalted butter

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit and grease the baking dish, then set aside. Peel and core each apple and place in a bowl of cold water with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Step 2: Roll the homemade pie dough into a large rectangle, about 21×14 inches and them into 6 equal pieces, about 7×7 inches each. Stir together the granulated sugar and apple pie spice in a small bowl.

Step 3: Place a cored apple into the center of each dough piece and also one of the butter pieces and a scant tablespoon of the spiced sugar mixture in the center of the dough. Cover the dough up with its corners over the apple, using your fingers to pinch the edges to seal.

Step 4: Repeat for all of the remaining apples and dough pieces and place in the greased baking dish, also place the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and boil over medium heat, while whisking frequently. Once it has boiled and the sugar dissolved, remove from the heat and pour it over the apples evenly. Then sprinkle the remaining spiced sugar on top of the apples.

Step 5: Allow to bake for 50-55 minutes, or until it is golden. Allow it to cool slightly. Then serve warm with some of the sauce.


  • When using store-bought pie dough, unroll the dough and divide it into 6 equal pieces.

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