Apple Dumplings Recipe

4.72 from 7 votes

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Apple Dumplings are an absolute essential dessert for every fall season, according to my kids.

I’m going to agree with them on this one and I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same way once you give this old-fashioned apple dessert a try.

Information and photo of apple dumpling recipe.
This old-fashioned Amish dessert is one of our many Amish and Mennonite recipes.

Apple Dumplings

Imagine Heaven.

Whatever your concept of such a place may be, these old-fashioned apple dumplings are certain to fit in.

Homemade apple dumplings on a plate

I’m not sure if I have ever actually eaten an apple dumpling, prior to making this recipe from the Mennonite Community Cookbook.

After a single bite the first question that came to my mind was, “Why did I wait so long?”

Plate of apple dumplings with homemade sauce and a glass of milk.

Close cousins to apple pie, these apple dumplings are small packages that are full of flavor and goodness.

They serve as a fantastic dessert, easy to make and something quite out of the ordinary of every-day treats.

Cored apples sitting in a bowl of water.
Homemade pastry dough on a floured cutting board
Once again, I am nothing less than completely amazed to think that from a ball of dough and a couple of ordinary apples as shown above, can something incredibly tasty and pleasing come, as shown below.
A plate of food with a fork
Give this old-fashioned dessert recipe a try and leave me a comment below.
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A plate of food on a table, with Apple dumpling

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Apple Dumpling Recipe

4.72 from 7 votes
This old-fashioned apple dumplings recipe is dapted from the Mennonite Community Cookbook.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


For the Apple Dumplings

  • 6 apples, medium-size
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the Sauce

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Pare and core apples. Leave whole.
  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • Cut in shortening until particles are about the size of small peas.
  • Sprinkle milk over mixture and press together lightly, working dough only enough to hold together. Roll dough as for pastry and cut into 6 squares and plane an apple on each.
  • Coat cavity of apples with sugar and cinnamon.
  • Pat dough around apple to cover it completely.
  • Fasten edges securely o top of the apple.
  • Place dumplings 1 inch apart in a greased baking pan.
  • Prepare sauce as described below and pour over dumplings.
  • for sauce
  • Combine brown sugar, water, and spices.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, remove from heat and add butter.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F. for 35 to 40 minutes. Baste occasionally during baking.
  • Serve warm with ice cream.


Calories: 664kcal, Carbohydrates: 131g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 300mg, Potassium: 532mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 91g, Vitamin A: 368IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 178mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Amish, Mennonite
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Updated from the original post of April 19, 2013

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  1. 4 stars
    Adding a small pat of butter, a teaspoon sized piece, into the apple core adds another layer of deliciousness to these already “to die for” gems.

  2. 5 stars
    I had to read this even though I haven’t tried it yet but I’m going to, I think this is going be a recipe that’s worth doing. My mother used to make apple dumplings when I was a kid and she made of vanilla sauce to go over it. I don’t know what recipe she is but it was exquisite. We used to call it, “vanilla gravy“.

  3. I love almost all apple desserts! I have never tried apple dumplings, but after seeing this I think I need to fix that immediately! Especially with vanilla ice cream on top.