Easy Apple Dumpling Dessert

All the deliciousness of apple dumplings but without all the work!  You’ll love these Easy Apple Dumplings!

Easy Apple Dumpling Dessert-- all the deliciousness of apple dumplings without all the work! Love this apple dessert!

I remember as a child, watching my mom make old fashioned apple dumplings.  It was always fascinating to see her adept hands mixing up the dough from scratch, cutting it into squares and then carefully wrapping each square around a big, cored apple, filled with sugary goodness.  And I can still see her bending over the open oven using her baster to spread the syrup over the dumplings as they baked.  We all loved when she took the time to make her apple dumplings, but it didn’t happen often because of how time consuming they were to make!


Several years ago an older friend of mine who is known for her good cooking told me that she had made a dessert that tasted like old fashioned apple dumplings but was much easier.  I was all ears and of course had to get the recipe and try it myself!  And goodness, these Easy Apple Dumplings are just perfectly delicious!  I mean, how could they not be with all that gooey, caramel like syrup?!


We love eating these Easy Apple Dumplings piping hot with lots of vanilla ice cream.  But some people prefer pouring milk over it instead.  Either way, I think you’ll find that it’s quite delicious!


Easy Apple Dumpling Dessert
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12 servings
  • SAUCE:
  • 1¼ c. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 c. cold water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 c. flour
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅓ c. butter, softened (or shortening)
  • 5 to 5½ c. apples, chopped and peeled
  • ¾ c. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2½ tsp. cinnamon
  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in saucepan and cook until slightly thickened. (It won’t thicken much at all.)
  2. Add vanilla and butter. Stir until butter is melted.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  1. Meanwhile, make dumpling mixture by mixing together first 5 ingredients until crumbly. (A pastry blender makes this really easy!) You'll want to use a really large bowl for this since you'll be adding the apples too. Something 10 cups or so works well...even a kettle!
  2. Add apples and stir- You'll need a large bowl for this.)
  3. Combine milk and vanilla and stir into mixture just until moistened.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls over sauce in dish.
  1. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of dessert.
  2. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. Serve warm with ice cream or milk.


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