These apple dumplings are easy to make. In less than an hour, you can have sweet, cinnamony, pie crust-wrapped apples baked in a yummy caramel sauce. You have ice cream, right? Because seriously, if anything can make ice cream happier…it’s these apple dumplings.
The last time I visited my Grandma Sisson, she whipped up a batch of these super easy apple dumplings for me.
My grandma always had a knack for throwing together something super fast, using just what she had on hand in the kitchen.
My Grandma Sisson had nine kids. She is the master of cooking for a lot of people!
Her food is always simple but super delicious.
My husband described these apple dumplings as being “everything that he loves.”
When I asked exactly what that meant, he said it was like having everything he loves in a bowl: super delicious pie crust, baked apple filling – all gooey, doughy, caramel, sugary – with ice cream. Yeah, all that together in one thing.
[You may notice I wasn’t on the list of everything he loves, we may have to talk about that later.]
What I love about these Apple Dumplings
- They are really easy to make.
- They bake up in less than an hour.
- Ummm, the caramel sauce.
Ingredients for Homemade Apple Dumplings
- The Crust: All-purpose flour, butter, milk, and salt are all you need to make this simple pie crust.
- Apples: Five tart apples. I usually use fuji because that is what I keep in the fridge.
- The Caramel Sauce: Sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Instructions for making these old-fashioned Apple Dumplings
My grandma always made her crust in a bowl and mixed everything with her hands. The apples she peeled with a paring knife and then cut the apples into approximately the same size chunks.
Watching her pull this recipe together in no time was pure joy!
- Preheat The Oven: to 350℉.
- Make The Pie Crust: Add the flour and salt to a bowl, whisk together with a fork. Add the diced butter and use your fingertips to pinch the butter into smaller pieces in the flour. You should end up with a rough dough mixture. Add the milk and stir together with a fork.
- Roll Out The Dough: Roll out the dough. It should be about a quarter-inch thick. Cut the dough into six pieces.
- The Apples: Peel and cut the apples into chunks. Add them to a bowl and toss with the sugar and spices.
- Make The Dumplings: Place one-sixth of the apple mixture onto each piece of dough. Fold up and seal. Place the dumplings in a 9 x 9 baking dish.
- Make The Sugar Syrup: Add the ingredients for the sugar syrup to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the sugar is dissolved, and the syrup is hot, pour it over the dumplings and then bake!
Recipe Variations and FAQs
Make this recipe with a different kind of fruit.
Peaches or apricots would also work well in this recipe.
Other Recipes you might like
- You should definitely make some extra Caramel Sauce.
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- Classic Cheesecake
- Quick and Easy Apple Crisp
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Grandma Sisson's Apple Dumplings
- 5 tart apples peeled and sliced
- 9 x 9 Baking Pan
- Preheat the oven to 350℉.
- Add the flour and salt to a food processor. Pulse to mix.
- Add the diced butter. Pulse until the texture of coarse sand.
- Add the milk. Pulse to bring together.
- Turn out on a lightly floured surface. Roll out and cut into 6 separate pieces.
Assembly and Baking
- Peel and slice 5 apples. Set aside.
- PRO-TIP: You can cover the apples in cold water, or squeeze on some fresh lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
- Seal apples inside dough, resulting in 6 individual dumplings.
- Place the dumplings in a 9" x 9" baking dish.
- Make the caramel sauce in a saucepan. Once the sugar has melted pour over dumplings.
- Bake for 35 minutes at 350℉ or until golden brown.
- Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving with ice cream and extra caramel sauce.