Apple Dumplings

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These Apple Dumplings are like individual apple pies and they are very easy to make. Best when hot out of the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

2 Apple Dumplings on a red plate with the pan of dumplings in the background.

Apple Dumplings

I have tried many recipes for Apple Dumplings, and this is definitely my favorite! The combination of the flaky crescent rolls, fresh apples, and the syrupy glaze combine for warm, comfort-filled, satisfaction in every bite. I like using regular white sugar as opposed to brown sugar. The texture and taste are lighter and more like an apple pie. The added bonus to this recipe is just how easy it is to throw together. Another bonus is how amazing your house smells while these are baking in the oven. Trust me, everyone will come running!

Which apples are best for apple dumplings?

My preference is to use Granny Smith apples in this recipe, but there are other apples that are just as good. When baking with apples, you want to make sure the apple variety you are using is firm. Some apples break down when baked and become mushy and mealy — not good! I like Granny Smith apples because they are firm and tart, especially in desserts that use sugar. This dessert is not overly sweet, so a firm and sweet apple will also work. Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Fuji, or Golden Delicious apples would all taste great in this recipe.

Recipe variations

This is a classic Apple Dumplings recipe, but with a little less sugar. Our sister-in-law, Amber, actually made these for us when we lived in Utah. My brother is crazy about them because she made the recipe with Mountain Dew (his favorite thing ever), instead of Sprite. You can also substitute 7-Up, Sierra Mist, Squirt or any other lemon-lime or citrus flavored soda, however do not use diet soda.
 
Apple Dumplings in the Pan

They are the best when they are nice and warm out of the oven. Come to think of it, I have never had them cold, mainly because they don’t last even 5 minutes after being pulled out of the oven. I’m sure they are good cold, we just haven’t been able to reach that point yet. Serve these with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream and they are over-the top!

More Apple Recipes

If you have an abundance of apples this year or are just looking to try some new apple recipes, we have TONS to share with you!

  • Dutch Apple Pie: This  is our favorite fall pie. It is filled with tart apples and baked with a sweet and buttery crumb topping.
  • Disneyland Apple Pie Caramel Apples:  These Apple Pie Caramel Apples from Disneyland are my new favorite treat! Can’t make it to Disney? Bring the magic to your kitchen with this easy recipe!
  • Traditional Apple Crisp:  This is a no-frills, easy, traditional apple crisp recipe that can’t be beat. Just like the apple crisp the lunch lady used to make back in the good ol’ days (but better)!
  • Copycat Bluebird Turkey and Brie Sandwich: Our Bluebird’s Turkey and Brie Sandwich Copycat is the best sandwich ever. It’s unique flavors are so good, like deli turkey, crisp apples, and brie cheese.
  • Apple, Ham, and Cheddar Melts: Apple, Ham, and Cheddar Melts are my favorite lunch in the fall. It takes grilled cheese to a whole new level.
2 Apple Dumplings on a red plate with the pan of dumplings in the background.

Apple Dumplings

4.93 from 14 votes
These Apple Dumplings are like individual apple pies and they are very easy to make. Best when hot out of the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 2 apples Granny Smith
  • 16 ounces refrigerated crescent roll dough (2 cans)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 12 ounces Sprite or Mountain Dew

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and core apples and cut into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 pan lined with cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in a large bow. Add sugar and stir. Mix in vanilla and pour the entire mixture over the wrapped apples. 
    Pour Sprite (or preferred soda) around the edges of the pan.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 40 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven. Spoon sauce from the pan over the dumplings when serving.
    Optional: Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 28mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 367IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. I’m planning to make this for Thanksgiving next week. My husband loves any apple dessert, but especially with caramel. Other than to drizzle caramel ice cream sauce all over the top after it’s baked and cooled, what would be the best way to incorporate a caramel flavor in with this recipe? Thank you for any suggestions.

    1. Ooh I love creative questions like this! If I were to add caramel to this recipe, I might try brushing some caramel sauce on each crescent roll before rolling up the apple slice. I might also try getting the little individually wrapped caramel squares and rolling one up with each apple. Let us know how it goes if you try something!

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! These apple dumplings are delicious. I loved the texture and sweet flavors. Paired with vanilla ice cream made for the perfect dessert! I can’t wait to make the dumplings again, they were gone too fast!

    1. The instructions just got separated, in the 2nd section of the instructions it says to pour Sprite around the edges of the pan. I will try to fix it so it is more clear. Thanks for pointing this out!

    1. I haven’t tried that before, but I would worry about the consistency since it is such a moist dessert. Plus the apples might brown a bit. Let me know how it goes if you do try it!

  3. 5 stars
    These look amazing! Do you think it would be okay to prep everything, cover with foil, and bake later? I was thinking about trying this as dessert for a Friendsgiving where I could prep at home then bake during dinner. Alternatively, I could reheat in the oven. I just worry about it getting mushy or the texture being off. Any suggestions are appreciated!

    1. You could prep the apples rolled in the crescent rolls beforehand, but I would bring the liquid parts (like the melted butter mixture and the sprite) and pour those on right before you bake it. Otherwise I think it would get too mushy. The apples also might brown a little, but it probably wouldn’t alter the texture too much. Hope this helps!

  4. 4 stars
    Made them. 40 min. they were doughy, 60 min. they were perfect. Ate first serving warm without ice cream, ate second cold with ice cream. Liked them both ways. Used Fuji apples. Next time will try Granny Smiths. 🙂

    1. Ooh yes, ice cream is our favorite way to top these babies! Thank you for sharing your time adjustments, I know our readers will find this very helpful.

  5. 5 stars
    I used half white sugar and half brown sugar and added cinnamon. I also mixes the sliced apples in 1/4 cup of the sugar/cinnamon mixture before I rolled them in the crescent rolls. SO GOOD !

    1. I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see any reason why not. I would roll the dough out thin, and it may need to cook a little longer. Thanks for asking!

    1. Each recipe makes 16 dumplings. At a minimum you would need to 5 times the recipe – 10 Granny Smith apples, 10 cans of crescent rolls, 10 sticks of butter, 5 cups sugar, 5 tsp vanilla and 5 cans of Sprite. Good luck! Everyone will love them!

  6. Sorry to ask, but I have never heard of crescent rolls before, I am in Australia, is this the same as puff pastry here??
    Cheers

  7. Would love to try this, but since there are only two of us I’m wondering if they can be reheated. I’m guessing the best way to reheat would be in the oven and not the microwave? Reasonably sure they would be good cold also, just like apple pie.

    1. They are so good cold! I’ve also reheated them in the microwave for just 15-20 seconds and they are almost as good as right out of the oven. I seriously have to limit how often I make these because I could eat them right out of the fridge for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy!

    2. This recipe should be perfectly easy to halve since all of the ingredients are in equal portions easily divisible by 2.

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