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Four apple dumplings cooked in a baking pan with cinnamon syrup.
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5 from 2 votes

Apple Dumplings

Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings are made with sweet cinnamon-sugar apples wrapped up in an easy, flaky pastry and baked in a homemade cinnamon syrup. We love them served warm with a scoop of ice cream and some caramel syrup to drizzle over the top!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 676kcal
Author: Amy Nash



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons shortening
  • ½ cup milk


  • 6 medium-sized apples peeled and cored
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and shortening in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut the shortening into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. This step can also be done in a food processor. Add the milk and stir with a fork just until the dough clumps together. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in the fridge.
  • Peel and core the apples using a paring knife or apple peeler.
  • Roll out the pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut into large squares and place an apple in the center of each square. Divide the butter, sugar, and cinnamon evenly between each of the apples.
  • Wrap the pastry up around each apple, pinching the edges together to seal. Transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Make the syrup by combining the water, sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the butter is melted and the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour the hot syrup over the apple dumplings in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and the apples pierce easily with a sharp knife. Cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.


  • Any good baking apple will work for this recipe. We particularly like braeburn, honeycrisp, golden delicious, granny smith, envy, pink lady, and fuji apples for apple dumplings.


Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 111g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2mg