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Cranberry Apple Dumplings are made with a simple dough wrapped around apple slices and cranberry sauce, then baked in a brown sugar syrup. This is one of the best apple recipes to change up your traditional Thanksgiving dessert routine. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
It’s Christmas week, friends! The week everyone’s been counting down to. Actually, in our house the guys were counting down to something different. Can you guess?
The Force Awakens. That’s right…we’re Star Wars nerds. Braden was so hyped up to see the new movie. He researched it and read reviews on it for at least 3 months in advance. Matt took the kids Saturday night to see it. I decided to stay home. I can’t stay awake during a movie for anything, so I figured I’d save the $11 and see it another time.
I had a relaxing evening to myself. I watched Jane Eyre and worked on getting this most delicious recipe ready to share with you. Just look at these cranberry apple dumplings in all their glory. Wouldn’t you rather spend an evening with these than in a cramped movie theater?!
Cranberry apple dumplings hold a special place in my heart. After Maddie was born, a woman from my church brought our family a meal with cranberry apple dumplings as a dessert.
That was 14 ½ years ago. I can still remember tasting that sweet dessert and thinking it was pretty much the best thing ever. Maybe it was because I was used to hospital food or so thankful it was a meal I didn’t have to prepare. But I loved them. And I had been meaning to make them myself for years, but never did.
Remember our Amish apple dumplings? I finally decided to make a new twist on that recipe that we love so much. A cranberry twist with a dash of cloves. Those two flavors together give these Amish-style dumplings a can’t-miss holiday flavor.
This simple 5-ingredient dumpling dough is the same dough that we use in our apple dumplings. It’s just a few simple ingredients:
You’ll mix this up and it will be similar to the texture of pie dough, just a little softer.
I wanted the cranberry apple dumplings to be a smaller than our apple dumplings (they fit a whole apple inside!), so I divided the dough into 8 pieces.
The sauce is the most delicious part of the cranberry apple dumplings.
The ingredients are simple. It’s just:
To make the sauce:
Recipe Note: I’ll warn you that the recipe makes a lot of syrup. The poor little dumplings are going to look like they are almost drowning. The sauce will slightly bake down and thicken just a bit as it cooks. This is the sauce that makes the dumplings so soft and gooey and is most delicious when you pour it over ice cream. If you find the sauce to be too much for your liking, you can cut the sauce ingredients in half.
Then enjoy them in all their glorious ooey gooeyness.
Top with ice cream? You betcha.