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Granny’s Apple Dumplings

This recipe for Apple Dumplings with Sparkling Cider Sauce is a scratch-made version of the old-fashion apple dumplings made with Mountain Dew!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Chill time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple dumplings apple cider, apple dumplings recipe, easy apple dumplings, old fashioned apple dumplings
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Whitney Reist | Sweet Cayenne


For the dumpling dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I recommend King Arthur brand)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into ½’’ cubes
  • ½ cup cold sour cream

For the dumplings:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 whole Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and quartered (you should have 16 pieces total)
  • 1 ½ cup sparkling apple cider (recommend: Martinelli’s brand)


For the dumpling dough:

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the butter, and use two fingers to smush each cube into the flour mixture. Repeat until all of the cubes have been smushed into the flour. 
  • Create a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the sour cream. Use a rubber spatula to fold it into the flour. The mixture will be very loose. Turn the loose dough onto a well-floured surface and use your hands to gently press and work it all into one large square.
  • Sprinkle the square with flour, then use a rolling pin dusted with flour to roll the square into a rectangle. Fold the rectangle in thirds like you would a letter. Repeat this process of rolling and folding one more time. 
  • Wrap your folded dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour before using.

For the dumplings:

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉. Prepare a 9x13’’ casserole dish or large cast iron pan by greasing with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Place the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan. Melt together over medium-low heat until combined. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and place on a well-floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle that is 10’’ wide and 18’’ long. Cut the dough into 4 strips, then cut each strip in two squares, then cut each square into triangles. You should have 16 triangles total. 
  • Wrap each apple slice in a triangle of dough and roll like you would a crescent roll. Tuck the sides of the dough into the center and place the dumpling into the prepared pan. 
  • Pour the melted butter mixture over the tops of the dumplings. Pour the sparkling cider along the sides of the pan and between the dumplings, but not on top.
  • Bake the dumplings for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350℉ and bake for an additional 45 minutes or until the dumplings are golden brown and the sauce is thick and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm. Cold leftovers are delicious as well!




Calories: 292kcal