How to Make Baked Apple Dumplings from Scratch

About Barb's Apple Dumplings Recipe

These are the world's best apple dumplings. The recipe is a family favorite and originated in the Amish country in Lancaster County, PA where people definitely know how to bake. It's easy and quick. Perhaps the most important thing about baking great apple dumplings is getting the dough right so it's light and flaky. This recipe makes six of the best apple dumplings you've ever tasted.

One step that sometimes confuses people is how to actually form the dumpling... wrapping the doe around the apple and getting it to stay in place. Again, this and all the steps are made easy because the process is clearly shown in videos.

Apple Dumpling on Plate
Yummy! These are the country style apple dumplings
you'll be baking...
Apple Dumplings Out of the Oven
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Apple Dumplings Recipe and Instructional Videos

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Bake Time: 35 Minutes
Yield: 6 Apple Dumplings
There are five steps to preparing this easy recipe:
  1. Preheat Oven to 375°
  2. Prepare the sauce
  3. Prepare the actual apple dumplings
  4. Pour the sauce over the dumplings
  5. Bake for 35 minutes
Apple Dumpling Recipe - Apples

How to Make the Sauce



1 Cup Sugar Place the sugar, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small saucepan.

Bring to boiling point.

Add butter or margarine and stir until melted.

Remove from heat and set aside.

1 Cup Water
1/8 (one eighth) Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 (one eighth) Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine

How to make the Apple Dumplings

Scroll down this page for step-by-step preparation directions with videos...
Crisco Shortening
2 Cups Enriched Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
2/3 (two thirds) Cups Shortening
I use Crisco Vegetable Shortening
1/2 (one half) Cup Milk
6 Macintosh Apples (about 3 inch diameter)
Dumplings Recipe - Size
Apple Dumpling Recipe - Cinnamon
Apple Dumpling Recipe - Nutmeg
When it comes to apple dumplings, bigger is not always better. I use Macintosh apples that are about 3 inches in diameter. You'll see later that it makes it easier for you to make the dumpling.

Apple Dumpling Dough after cutting in the shortening.

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Add the shortening to the bowl and cut in shortening. Not familiar with the term cut in shortening? You're simply passing the fork through the mixture. You can see what I mean in the movie on the right.
Hover over the picture on the left to Zoom In to see how the mixture should look when you are done cutting in the shortening.
This is what the apple dumpling dough should look like after adding the milk.
Add milk to bowl all at once and use a fork to just moisten the mixture.

The picture on the left shows how the mixture should look after you have moistened it with the milk.

Hover over the picture on the left to Zoom In to see how the mixture should look when you are done moistening it with the milk.

Pastry Board & Rolling Pin

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Place the dough mixture on a lightly floured pastry board. Roll the dough out until it is large enough cut six 6-inch squares (one for each apple).

Note: Yes, for those of you who are in the know, the rolling pin usually has a cloth cover but I couldn't find it and the show had to go on. But I floured it and
it worked fine.

Apple Peeled and Cored

It's finally time to peel the apples! I peel them and cut them in half. I then cut out the core. I also think that cutting them in half helps insure the apple bakes thoroughly.

I keep the apples from turning brown by placing them in a bowl of ice water. I put ice cubes in the water to keep it as cold as possible.

Apple On Dough

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Place the apple on one of the 6-inch dough squares holding the two halves together.

Pour some sugar into the apple and then generously sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. I just about fill the center of the apple with the sugar.

Place a pat of butter on the top.

Apple Dumpling before baking

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Take a little water and moisten the edges of the 6-inch dough square.

Fold the corners to the center of the top of the apple. Do you see now why you want smaller apples?

If you start to run a little low on dough doing the final apples you can always roll it out a bit more.

Pinch the dough together at the seams.

Apple Dumplings Ready to Bake
Try to place the apple dumplings in the baking dish about an inch apart if possible. You can see mine were a little close in the picture... but they got perfect anyway.

Pour the sauce we made earlier over the apple dumplings and then sprinkle them with sugar.

Place the baking dish in the oven preheated to 375° and bake for 35 minutes.

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Apple Dumplings Serving Suggestions

  • Serve them while they're still warm with a scoop of ice cream on the top (or)
  • Simply pour a little milk on them in a bowl.
  • In the rare event that there are any apple dumplings left over the next day, heat them up in the microwave.

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