Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings


These are the apple dumplings my grandmother used to make: warm, flaky, apple-y sweet, and drizzled with a sauce baked right with them. They aren't difficult to make, just a little time-consuming.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings


  • 1 recipe pastry for double-crust pie

  • 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored

  • ½ cup butter

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch pan.

  2. Roll pastry into a 24x16-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut into six 8-inch squares. Place an apple on each pastry square with the cored opening facing upward. Cut butter into 8 pieces; place 1 piece in the opening of each apple; reserve the remaining butter for sauce.

  3. Divide brown sugar between apples, poking some inside each cored opening and the rest around the base of each apple. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over apples.

  4. Using slightly wet fingertips, bring one corner of the pastry square up to the top of the apple, then bring the opposite corner to the top and press together. Bring up the two remaining corners, and seal. Slightly pinch the dough at the sides to completely seal in the apple. Repeat with the remaining apples and place in the prepared baking dish.

  5. Combine water, white sugar, vanilla extract, and reserved butter in a large saucepan. Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Carefully pour the sauce over the dumplings.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Place each apple dumpling in a dessert bowl, and spoon some of the sauce over the top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

899 Calories
35g Fat
148g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 899
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 434mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 148g 54%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 115g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 319mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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