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apple dumpling and ice cream

Amish Apple Dumplings Recipe

Delicious baked apples and cinnamon wrapped in a flaky crust and drizzled with a homemade caramel sauce. Warm apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream are amazing!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 6 people
Calories 1001 kcal


  • 6 crisp, tart apples
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon

Flaky Crust:

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 c. butter or shortening
  • 3/4 c. milk

Caramel Sauce:

  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. butter = 4 Tbs.
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon


  • Peel and core six apples. Put a pinch of brown sugar inside the cavity of each whole apple and sprinkle with cinnamon, according to your taste.
    6 crisp, tart apples, brown sugar, cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 350°.

To Make the Crust:

  • Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
    2 c. all-purpose flour, 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender, until particles are about the size of small peas.
    2/3 c. butter or shortening
  • Add the milk and press together gently, working the dough only enough to hold it together. Do not overmix. If the dough is too dry and doesn't want to hang together, add more milk until it becomes cohesive.
    3/4 c. milk
  • Sprinkle your clean countertop with flour and roll out the dough as you would for a pie. But you want to roll it out into about a 17 x 12 1/2" rectangle instead of a circle.
  • Cut the rectangle into six equal-sized squares. Place a whole apple onto each square, and gather the dough up over the apple. Moisten the top edges with a bit of cold water and fasten them securely at the top of the apple. You will want to try to create a seal. Although some of mine will crack open a bit sometimes when baking, and it's not a big deal.
  • Spread the six dumplings into a greased 9 x 13" baking dish.

Caramel Sauce:

  • Combine brown sugar, water, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and boil lightly for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the butter, and stir until melted.
    2 c. brown sugar, 2 c. water, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 c. butter = 4 Tbs.
  • Pour the sauce over the top of the dumplings.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 50 - 55 minutes or until apples feel soft when poked.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


I like to use granny smith apples to make dumplings. Their tartness balances out the sweetness, and they hold up well to baking.
Amish recipes will tell you to fill the cavity of the apples with brown sugar, but it tends to be very sweet. So I only put a little bit of brown sugar inside the apple.


Serving: 1apple dumplingSodium: 485mgCalcium: 252mgVitamin C: 8mgVitamin A: 375IUSugar: 97gFiber: 7gPotassium: 429mgCholesterol: 24mgCalories: 1001kcalTrans Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 12gFat: 36gProtein: 10gCarbohydrates: 165gIron: 5mg
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