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Apple Dumplings Recipe

A Taste of Homestead Comfort Imagine the aroma of sweet cinnamon and baked apples wafting through your kitchen. Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings are a delightful homage to the heartwarming comfort of homestead cooking. This recipe takes ripe apples and wraps them in tender pastry, creating a dessert that’s both rustic and delicious. Whether you’re serving it for a special occasion or simply indulging in a cozy treat, these apple dumplings are a true taste of comfort.

Apple Bliss Wrapped in Pastry

The heart of this dessert is the sweet and spiced apple filling, encased in a flaky and golden-brown pastry. Each dumpling is a comforting bite that combines the tartness of apples with the warmth of cinnamon and sugar.

A Recipe Rooted in Tradition

Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings pay homage to classic American cooking traditions. It’s the kind of dessert that brings back fond memories of simpler times, making it perfect for family gatherings or nostalgic indulgence.


2 Granny Smith apples
1 lemon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Substitutions and Variations:

Customize Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings with these variations:

  1. Nuts and Raisins: Add chopped nuts or raisins to the apple filling for extra texture and flavor.
  2. Caramel Drizzle: After baking, drizzle the dumplings with warm caramel sauce for an indulgent twist.
  3. Ice Cream Topping: Serve the dumplings with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a classic pairing.


Now that you’ve uncovered the secret to Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings, it’s time to savor the homestead comfort. Share them with loved ones, make them the star of your dessert table, or enjoy them as a sweet treat just for yourself. Don’t forget to leave a review and share your serving suggestions with us. Happy baking!

Tips or Notes:

  • Ensure that the pastry is sealed tightly around each apple to prevent the filling from leaking during baking.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar and cinnamon in the filling to suit your taste preferences.
  • Serve the dumplings warm for the best flavor and texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use store-bought pie crust for this recipe?

While you can use store-bought pie crust for convenience, making your own pastry from scratch will yield the best results in terms of flavor and texture.

Can I make the dumplings in advance?

While they are best when served fresh, you can make the dumplings ahead of time and reheat them in the oven to enjoy them warm.



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  • For the Dumplings:
  • 2 large 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored

  • 2 cans 2 (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent roll dough

  • 1 cup 1 (200g) granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 (113g) unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon 1 vanilla extract

  • 1 can 1 (12 ounces) lemon-lime soda (e.g., Sprite or 7UP)

  • For the Caramel Sauce (Optional):
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 (113g) unsalted butter

  • 1 cup 1 (200g) packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 (120ml) heavy cream


  • For the Dumplings:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Cut each peeled and cored apple into 8 equal wedges.
  • Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate it into 8 triangles.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.
  • Roll each apple wedge in a crescent roll triangle, starting at the wide end, and place the wrapped apple wedges in a greased 9×13-inch (23x33cm) baking dish.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the unsalted butter. Stir in the sugar-cinnamon mixture and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture evenly over the dumplings in the baking dish.
  • Pour the lemon-lime soda around the edges of the baking dish. Do not pour it over the dumplings.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the dumplings are golden brown and the apple filling is tender when pierced with a fork.
  • For the Caramel Sauce (Optional):
  • While the dumplings are baking, prepare the caramel sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the unsalted butter.
  • Stir in the brown sugar and heavy cream. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • To Serve:
  • Once the dumplings are baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
  • Serve your Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings warm, with a drizzle of caramel sauce if desired, and enjoy the homestead comfort!

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