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Instant Pot Apple Dumplings are ready in under 30 minutes! This easy apple dumpling recipe uses crescent rolls and a brown sugar, cinnamon, apple cider syrup to make a quick dessert that tastes like fall.

instant pot apple dumplings with apple cider syrup

Instant Pot Easy Apple Dumplings

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Have you gotten an Instant Pot yet? They’re the newest craze in cooking that everyone is talking about. I have personally had an Instant Pot for about a year and a half, but I’ll be honest. For most of those 18 months, the pressure cooker was sitting in my garage, only being pulled out every now and then to cook rice or hardboiled eggs, both of which it does beautifully.

Why did I not touch it much? The Instant Pot intimidated me. For this busy mom, I didn’t have time to learn all of those buttons. High pressure, low pressure, saute, poultry….if I even wanted to try making dinner in the Instant Pot, I just didn’t know how to go about doing it. It was like learning to cook all over again and I didn’t really have the time to learn a new method.

When I opened this Instant Pot® cookbook, I found approachable recipes that the whole family could enjoy for every meal:

Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal, Corn Pudding, Mexican Style Brown Rice, Sunday Pot Roast, Mac ‘n Cheese…and to finish off? Desserts. I had heard you could make desserts in the Instant Pot but had never tried it. When I saw these Instant Pot Apple Dumplings, I knew this had to be the first recipe I made!

instant pot apple dumplings - easy dessert recipe in under 30 minutes

Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

You may have already known how you can make apple dumplings with crescent rolls, but we’re changing the game today and showing how you can make these easy apple dumplings even faster…in the Instant Pot.

Let’s do this.

  • Hit the Saute button on the Instant Pot. You can use this button without having the top on the pressure cooker. I use this when I want to get the pot heated up quickly, or for melting butter to make this delicious apple cider syrup! Let the Instant Pot heat up while you are preparing the apples.
  • Simply take a large apple (we recommend Granny Smith), peel, core and cut it into 8 wedges. Then wrap each apple wedge in a crescent roll.
  • Hit the Off button on the Instant Pot. Add the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg to the butter to the heated Instant pot and stir until it is melted.
  • Place the wrapped apples in the syrup and pour the apple cider around the dumplings. Close the Instant Pot, making sure the vent is set to seal and cook the apple dumplings on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes, then open the vent to release any extra pressure.

easy instant pot apple dumplings with canned crescent roll dough

Open the pot and you’re ready to serve the apple dumplings, with a scoop of ice cream, of course! This dessert was so simple and tasted amazing. We may have made it three times in three days. But don’t tell anyone, K? What I love about this recipe is that it makes a small batch and is ready in 30 minutes. Dangerously easy, right? 🙂

instant pot apple dumplings with brown sugar cinnamon syrup

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instant pot apple dumplings - easy dumpling recipe
instant pot apple dumplings - easy dumpling recipe

Instant Pot Apple Dumplings

4.86 from 35 votes
Instant Pot Apple Dumplings are ready in under 30 minutes! This easy apple dumpling recipe uses crescent rolls and a brown sugar, cinnamon, apple cider syrup to make a quick dessert that tastes like fall.
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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  • 8 ounces crescent rolls 1 can
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple cored, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup apple cider (NOT vinegar! Apple Cider Juice only)


  • Preheat the Instant Pot by selecting Saute.
  • Open the can of crescent rolls and roll the dough out flat. Roll each wedge of apple in 1 crescent roll. 
  • Add the butter to the Instant Pot and select Cancel. Add the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir until melted.
  • Place the dumplings side by side in the Instant Pot. Drizzle the apple cider along the edges. Secure the lid.
  • Select Manual and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once cooking is complete, use a natural release. Let it cool for a few minutes and serve warm, drizzled with the sugar and cider syrup.



Granny Smith apples work best since they are nice and tart. If you're using another type of apple, you may want to decrease the sugar a bit.


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 262mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 267
Keyword apple dessert, apple recipes, easy apple recipes, instant pot recipes, instant pot soup

Instant Pot Apple Dumplings are ready in under 30 minutes! This easy apple dumpling recipe uses crescent rolls and a brown sugar, cinnamon, apple cider syrup to make a quick dessert that tastes like fall.

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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4.86 from 35 votes (11 ratings without comment)
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3 years ago

4 stars
The ingredients for this recipe specifically say to use apple cider juice, not syrup. Dammit. I ruined these because I got exactly that, I didn’t read the whole entire story. The ingredients to this recipe should have included that, because mistakes like this will happen. I’m just sad I was craving these so bad lol ugh got to go buy the syrup tomorrow and hopefully it’ll come out perfect.

Theresa Solomon
3 years ago

5 stars
Just got my Instant Pot a week ago. BF complained that I spent MORE money on ANOTHER appliance that does the same thing as the appliances I already have. I made this tonight (also used it to make make spaghetti and meatballs for supper) and he told me I can buy another Instant Pot if I want to. 🙂

Liz MD
3 years ago

5 stars
I made these exactly how the recipe said and they were wonderful. So easy and quick. I started them just as were were sitting down for dinner and the smell was so good we couldn’t wait to eat them. I served them with vanilla ice cream. I can’t wait to make these again!

4 years ago

Can you make it with apple juice, not apple cider?

Megan A Love
4 years ago

Hi Julie saw this recipe in your site. Can l use crockpot to make apple dumplings

4 years ago

can this be made in the crock pot?

4 years ago

5 stars
Super easy to make and quick. I didn’t have the Granny Smith apple, but do believe it would be the best apple to use. Still tasty though. My husband really enjoyed them.

4 years ago

Could you use store bought pie crust or would that not work!

4 years ago

Can you triple the recipe and place them on top of each other?

Tracy Ward
5 years ago

5 stars
Absolutely delicious, and hubby LOVED it! Will definitely be making again, but for company!

Michael McShane
5 years ago

5 stars
This is the second time making this recipe and it gets rave reviews from my wife. I made it exactly as it is written and it was flawless. Now I am doubling up the apples in each crescent roll, just because I can and a little more brown sugar.

6 years ago

I followed this recipe exactly but got a burn error. I tried it again with double the Apple cider and still got a burn error. Scraped the bottom of the pot really good and added another 3/4 cup of cider and got another burn error. Was excited to make this but it didn’t work out 🙁