Baked Apple Dumplings

For me, settling into Fall is generally triggered by three things…leaves changing color, brisk cool air, and an inexplicable craving for apples. So, naturally, I have yet another yummy recipe for apple goodness. As my husband states here there is an “unmistakable briskness that now ever-so-subtly hangs in the air.” Sigh…I don’t even want to imagine what that “briskness” is threatening in the next few months. But, as long as beautiful Fall weather is here to stay for a little while, I am going to enjoy it while it lasts. This weekend we are planning on doing some pumpkin carving. Partially for the sheer joy of creativity and pumpkin treats and partially because our complex is competing for $50 gift card for the best carved pumpkin. Game on!!

Baked Apple Dumplings


  • 2 small apples – cored and paired
  • 1 ready made pie crust
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Using a bowl about 6 inches in diameter, cut out 2 circles from the pie crust and put an apple in the center of the circle and gently pull up the dough around the apple as close to the top as possible. You may need to make a small circle out of dough to finish the top. To do that – moisten both pieces and seam them together. Then use extra dough to shape leaves and stem.
  3. Set each covered apple on a 8″x8″ (with at least a 2″ depth) baking dish and set aside.
  4. To create syrup mix remaining ingredients EXCEPT the butter into a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and then add butter and mix well. Let cool. Then pour the syrup over the apples and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

The Fresh Fridge Tip: For the best results, use either Granny Smith or Honeycrisp Apples. Yum!

26 Responses to “Baked Apple Dumplings”

  1. cindy knight says:

    Oh my…seeing this before breakfast is not a good idea…I am drooling uncontrollably and I know my cupboards behold nothing anywhere near as good as what is in this picture :-( I will have to settle for a plain apple out of the fridge for breakfast, but I will have to make this recipe so I can have one for breakfast tomorrow! Thanks for sharing! šŸ˜‰

  2. naomi says:

    Wow. These look beautiful! Like you, I love apples-so more apple recipes are fine by me.

  3. LimeCake says:

    oh wow these look golden and delicious!

  4. This is such a wonderful dish and so beautiful. I would love to have one! Simply perfect. I love love love apples and surprisingly have never had a baked apple dumpling. Yuum!

  5. mama craig says:

    I was just thinking about what to do with the apples I bought over the weekend. I know now what I’ll do with them. Thanks

  6. Michelle says:

    Oh, these are beautiful. What a nice touch all the leaf details give them.

  7. Laurie says:

    Sounds good but why the food coloring? I don’t need to add unnecessary ingredients to homeade food. Bad enough it’s in all processed food.

    • Cathy says:

      I am sure the red food coloring is for presentation but you could leave it out and it would be fine. In fact you could just bake the apple plain and not have to worry about processed food.

  8. shelly says:

    I moved to AR from Michigan where they have cider mills fresh baked apples,fresh apple cider they dont have them down here so this is a nice reminder of home

  9. Joyti says:

    The dumplings sound SO delicious! And they look gorgeous, I love the ‘leaves’. The photographs are lovely.
    And thank you for the comment – the complement and the reference to catnip (I have two cats) are very much appreciated.

  10. Eliana says:

    These look so delicious and you can’t beat how easy they are to make :)

  11. joanne says:

    I wouldn’t say that your craving is inexplicable. I crave apples constantly! These dumplings sound and look amazing! I’m so enamored.

  12. JehanP says:

    Yum!! Omg this is just glistening, I can almost taste it!

  13. Bakeolicious says:

    What sweet little dumplings. They look fantastic.

    Iā€™d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new food photo gallery showcasing beautiful baking.

  14. Brisk air is definitely a sign of fall—it’s really refreshing. At least until I wake up in the morning cold.

    Oy, these baked apple dumplings look and sound so delicious–it’s definitely a great different way to serve apple and pastry together.

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  16. These look delicious, scrumptious and anything else ending in “umptious”!! I’d love to make that in the fall.

  17. Jackie says:

    I’m writing to ask permission to use the picture of the apple dumpling above for my blog’s Sept. favorites round up. Sept. 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day and I think that your recipe is perfect. All credit will be linked back to your blog, of course. I love the picture, I love apples and your dumplings look soo amazing.
    If you are okay with this, please email me to
    Best regards,
    Jackie Hale

  18. Angie says:

    I found your Apple Dumplings on Pinterest. What a wonderful recipe and easy enough for me to do. I love apple pie and we get lots of the healthy apple this way. I’ll be checking out your other recipes too. Thanks so much.


  19. Lisa says:

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and I can’t wait to make these. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Ela says:

    I found this blog just in time. I was looking for a good apple dumpling recipe and I think this is it. Thank you. You have stunning food photos and delicious looking recipes. I’m your one of your fans now.

  21. My Mother was the best apple dumpling baker. I know she would put a little sugar & cinnamon mixture, then a small piece of butter and more sugar mixture in the core hole. The sauce she make was o so good that she pour around and over the apples before baking was the favor that ready made these dumpling taste like anyone I jave eaten in my travel.
    If I remember right she may have had a old Betty Crocker cook book out when she made them.