Apple Dumplings with Rich Cinnamon Sauce


This apple dumpling dessert with sauce stands on its own, but a scoop of vanilla ice cream certainly wouldn't hurt!

close up view of an Apple Dumpling with Rich Cinnamon Sauce on a white plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, divided

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

  • ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts

  • 4 apples (any variety but Red Delicious) peeled, halved, and cored, a thin sliver cut off bottoms so apples sit flat

  • 1 (15 ounce) container 9-inch pie crusts

  • 1 egg white, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and adjust the rack to the lower-middle position. Line a large (at least 18- by 12-inch) baking dish with parchment.

  2. Mix 3 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and chopped nuts in a small bowl. Spoon a portion of mixture into each hollowed-out apple core.

  3. Unroll one dough sheet onto a floured work surface. Pulling on the sides of dough to straighten rounded edges, roll it into an approximate 12-inch square; cut dough into four 6-inch squares and brush the perimeter of each square with egg white. Set apple halves on each square. Bring up 4 corners of dough around apple and pinch edges to seal. Place in prepared baking dish. Brush dumpling tops and sides with egg white; sprinkle with white sugar. Repeat process with remaining apples and dough.

  4. Bake dumplings in the preheated oven until pastry sets and turns golden brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes longer.

  5. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 teaspoons water; whisk into hot syrup for a smooth sauce. Cover and keep warm.

  6. To serve: Spoon a portion of warm sauce on a dessert plate; set apple dumpling on top and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

481 Calories
25g Fat
63g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 481
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 373mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 171mg 4%

* 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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