Amish Apple Dumplings are apples wrapped in a buttery, homemade dough and baked in a cinnamon-brown sugar syrup. One of the best apple recipes to make for a delicious fall dessert!
Amish Apple Dumplings From Scratch
My mom and dad have been eating healthy for 30 days. No grain, dairy, processed foods, and no fun! They were initially going to do 60 days, but this milestone called for a cheat day.
What did they want?
I knew that I would bake them something at some point for them to indulge in, but a trip to their favorite local donut shop beats homemade goodies I guess.
I spent the whole day anticipating the time when my dad would say, “What could we make for our last cheat?” Mom’s answer? Amish Apple Dumplings.
Finally! Today we share with you the best apple dumpling recipe.
We had these baked apple dumplings the oven in less than thirty minutes, but before we could top the baked apples with ice cream and cinnamon syrup, we had to wait until it baked.
If there is such thing as a speed-cooker oven that can bake your apple dumplings to a golden brown in 5 minutes, could somebody please let me know?
The wait is well worth it, though. Once you have that warm apple dumpling on your plate, there are two things you need to do.
- First, put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it.
- Second, spoon out all the extra gooey cinnamon syrup from the bottom of the pan and pour it over the ice cream. Pure heaven, trust me!
There are three main parts to this recipe. Your apple (of course!), the syrup and the crust.
What type of apple is best for apple dumplings?
Choose any type of apple that is good for baking. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonathan and Gala are just a few.
Apple Dumpling Sauce
For the syrup, you can either half the recipe or just leave it how it is.
We love a lot of syrup on our dumplings and ice cream, but if all that syrup is too much for you, it’s easy to cut the recipe in half.
But even if you do half the recipe, you will end up with your dumplings in a puddle of warm, sugary, syrup that bakes into the crust.
Apple Dumpling Dough
How do I describe the crust in this recipe? It’s not just any old pie crust because it has baking powder inside.
The baking powder leavens the crust just a little bit to help it get nice and airy. Not too airy, though.
The crust on the outside is firm, but the inside is soft and light. And it all melts right into your mouth like butter.
How to Make Apple Dumplings
To make these delicious treats, there are three steps after you have the dough, apples, and syrup ready.
- Roll out the dough and put a cored and peeled apple in the middle.
- Fold the sides of the dough around the apple.
- Put the dumplings in a 9×13 pan and pour all that syrup on top. I even pour some in the little holes of the dumplings, too!
Indulge yourself in these delicious treats sometime this fall. You’ll love them!
Amish Apple Dumplings. Apples wrapped in a homemade dough and baked in a cinnamon-sugar syrup. The best way to eat an apple!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour 267 grams
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2/3 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup milk
- 6 apples peeled and cored
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Mix in the butter, then add in the milk and mix just until a soft dough forms.
- Divide the dough into 6 balls.
- Roll out each ball of dough on a floured surface.
- Place an apple in the center of each piece of dough.
- Fold the dough around the apple and press it together to form a ball.
- Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
- Place the dumplings in the prepared pan.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the brown sugar, water, butter and cinnamon. Heat it just until it barely starts boiling, stirring often.
- Pour this mixture over the dumplings.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the dough is golden brown.
You can make these dumplings any size you'd like. If you'd like smaller dumplings, use only half an apple and less dough. If you'd like a thinner layer of dough around the apples, peel and core two more apples, make 8 dough balls and roll the dough thinner.