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Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time30 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

These homemade apple dumplings are easier than you’d think – Granny Smith apples are peeled and cored, stuffed with butter and cinnamon-sugar, wrapped in a pastry crust, and covered in a buttery brown sugar sauce. Baked until golden, they absolutely melt in your mouth!

For the Pastry
 3 cups All purpose flour
 1 tsp Salt
 1 cup Vegetable shortening (chilled)
  cup Ice water
For the apples
 8 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
 3 tbsp 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
 1 ½ tsp Ground cinnamon
For the sauce
 1 ½ cups Light brown sugar
 1 cup Water
 ½ cup Salted butter, cubed
Make the pastry dough

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the shortening until the mixture is crumbly.
Gradually add the ice water, tossing the mixture with a fork, until the dough forms a cohesive mass. If the dough needs more water to come together, add it 1 teaspoon at a time.
Divide the dough into eight equal portions, wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

Assemble the Apples

Roll each portion of dough on a lightly floured work surface into a 7-inch square.
Place an apple in the center of each square.
Place 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon-sugar mixture in the center of each apple.
Gently bring up the corners of the pastry to the center of each apple; pinch the edges to seal.
Place the pastry-encased apples in a greased 9x13-inch baking dish.
Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Make the Sauce

In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water and butter over medium-high heat until it just begins to boil, stirring occasionally.
Pour the sauce evenly over the apples.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the apples are tender and the pastry is golden brown, basting occasionally with the sauce.
These are best served warm immediately after baking.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 803
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g65%

Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 410mg18%
Potassium 300mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 106g36%

Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 63g
Protein 6g12%

Vitamin A 5781%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 59%
Iron 3%

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

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