Apple dumpling with ice cream on top with two cinnamon sticks on the side.
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Apple Dumpling Recipe

This old-fashioned apple dumplings recipe is dapted from the Mennonite Community Cookbook.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Amish, Mennonite
Keyword: Apple Dumplings
Servings: 6
Calories: 664kcal
Author: Dan from Platter Talk
Cost: Inexpensive


For the Apple Dumplings

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