Apple Dumplings are crisp, tart apples wrapped in a soft flakey dough and drizzled in a sweet caramel sauce, apple dumplings make the perfect fall dessert that you can enjoy year round!
Apple Dumplings With Caramel Sauce
What is it about apples and fall? It seems like as soon as there is the tiniest bit of fall in the air a switch goes off and all of a sudden I am all about baking apple desserts! I love apple dumplings because they have all the yummy deliciousness of apple pie, but in a individual little pouch. Drizzling them with my homemade caramel sauce take these dumplings to the next level!
Apple dumplings are so much fun to make and eat, and they are so much easier than they seem. They are the perfect quick and easy dessert that people will think you slaved over for hours.
What Is In Apple Dumplings?
There are 2 parts to this recipe, the apple dumpling itself, and the caramel sauce.
For The Dumpling
- Apples- I love to use Granny Smith apples in my baking, the tart flavor of the Granny Smith goes great with the sweetness of the dessert. You can use any ole apple you like, but keep in mind that the apple breaks down as it bakes. So choose a crisp apple that can stand up to the heat.
- Pie Crusts- When I want to whip this dessert out quickly I just use a premade pie crust (GASP, I know!) But if you want to make your own crusts, try out my great pie crust recipe.
For The Caramel Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Heavy Cream- You can use half and half here, but you may notice a slight difference in texture and richness.
How To Make Apple Dumplings
Making the Apple Dumplings
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
Use an apple peeler, slicer and corer to prepare your apples and cut them into spirals. This is the only tricky part about this recipe. The apple spiraler is a must. Spiraling you apples ensures that they cook all the way through. There is nothing worse than biting into a perfectly cooked pie crust only to discover than your apple is still raw! If you don’t have an apple corer you can find some pretty cheap ones on Amazon, or just borrow one from your mother-in-law or grandma like I did!
Once your apples are prepped, set them aside. Roll out your pie crusts just a little bit thinner, then cut each crust into thirds.
Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and sprinkle it generously over your apples. Now take one of your whole spiralized apples and place it right in the center of one of your pie crust portions. Dip your finger in water and wet the edges of the pie crust to help it seal. Bring the edges of the crust up to the top of the apple and pinch it to seal. Place the sealed dumpling on a greased cookie sheet and repeat with all 6 apples.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. You will want to pull the dumplings out when the pie crust begins to brown.
Making the Caramel Sauce
While the dumplings are baking make your caramel sauce. You can use a store bought caramel sauce if you want. But this sauce is quick and easy to make, and tastes SO MUCH BETTER!!!
Start by combining the brown sugar, butter and heavy cream in a sauce pan. Bring the sauce to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. After simmering, remove the caramel from the heat and whisk in the vanilla. Allow the caramel to cool while the apples continue to bake.
When the dumplings are done, allow them to cool for 5 minutes. When you are ready, transfer them to a plate and drizzle them with caramely goodness and enjoy!
There you have it. Perfectly delicious apple dumplings. So good, and so easy they will become a go to fall dessert in your house like they have become in mine!
How to store extra Apple Dumplings
Store the extra apple dumplings in the fridge along with the caramel sauce. You can microwave the leftover dumplings if you’d like, but I actually really enjoy them cold, too.
More Apple Desserts:
- 6 apples
- 2 pie crusts
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350°.
- Use a apple peeler, slicer & corer to peel, core and spiral your apples.
- Use a rolling pin to roll the pie crust a bit thinner and then cut into thirds.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar generously over the apples and then place into the center of one of the pie crust portions.
- Dip your finger in water and wet the edges of the pie crust to help the pie crust seal.
- Bring the edges of the pie crust up to the top of the apple, pinching to seal off the crust. Transfer to a greased cookie sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining apples.
- Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes. Pull them out when the crusts just barely start turning brown.
- While the apple dumplings are baking, make the caramel sauce.
- Combine the brown sugar, butter, and heavy cream in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Allow the caramel to cool until the apples come out of the oven.
- When the apples come out of the oven, let them rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a plate, topping with a generous drizzle of caramel and serving.