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Easy Apple Dumplings

Sure easy apple dumplings look like they might be a lot of work. But would I lie to you? Never. Just a few ingredients and store bought pie crust make these a cinch. 

cozy, hearty baked apple dumplings are all you'll need for a perfect fall dessert

Now, prepare to drool on yourself. Let’s eat apple dumplings. Mercy.

I’m not sure if it matters what time of year it is, I love apples and cinnamon in pretty much any form.

I’m such a sucker for apple pie, but these were, well, maybe better and that’s saying a lot coming from me. And they are for sure prettier–its a unique presentation and they only have five ingredients so they’re easy and they look like they were a lot of work. I love that trick.

For the best results, use a small to medium size apple. I used Macintosh here and truth be told, I overbaked mine because I was afraid 30 minutes wasn’t a long enough cooking time. But it was plenty, trust me. If you use a harder apple (like a Granny Smith) you may have to add five extra minutes or so, but even if you cook them to applesauce they will still taste good.

Not that I would know anything about that. Ahem.

Tips for the best easy apple dumplings

–Remember when you core your apples to leave the bottom intact. If you don’t, all the sugar-cinnamon-butter mixture will run straight out the bottom and not stay in your apple. And that would be sad.

Make sure to get out all the seeds and core though. It’s not too hard. And if you break your apple, just go with it.

Not that I would have done that either.

–Feel free to re-roll your pie dough to get enough to cover your apples. This will work best if you use medium to small apples. If yours are huge, buy another box of pie crusts, just in case.


Recipe adapted from The Cookie Rookie


Watch me make these on YouTube!

cozy, hearty baked apple dumplings are all you'll need for a perfect fall dessert

Easy Apple Dumplings

Just a few ingredients to an easy, delicious, warm fall treat that looks harder than it is!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 6 small to medium size Macintosh or Granny Smith apples
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust or your favorite homemade crust 2 rolls
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice optional
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon egg beaten with 1 water


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Peel apples and remove core and seeds, leaving the bottom of the apple intact.
  • Mix apple pie spice, sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Working with one pie crust at a time, unroll and use a rolling pin to enlarge the circle 1-2 inches.
  • Place the apple on one side of the crust and fill the hole with cinnamon sugar and a couple of cubes of butter, alternating them as you fill.
  • Using the apple as a guide, cut a circle of dough large enough to meet (or almost meet at the top of the apple.
  • Gather up the dough and pinch together. Just tuck in any extra dough. Repeat with the remaining apples.
  • Re-roll scraps as needed if you run short on dough.
  • You can also cut leaf shapes from extra dough and use a little water to stick them to the top of your apples.
  • Place in a baking dish and brush with egg and water mixture.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, brush with egg wash again and sprinkle with any extra cinnamon sugar. Return to the oven and lower the temp to 350. Bake another 20 minutes or so until golden and the apples are soft.
  • Tent with foil if the crust starts to brown too quickly.


Calories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 188mgPotassium: 230mgFiber: 6gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 345IUVitamin C: 8.3mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1.2mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American


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  1. Hi Rachel
    Watched your video on Apple Dumplings and in the video you have egg and water but never use it and you mention using Honey Crisp apples but in your recipe you bake at 400 for 10 plus minutes and are using a few different apples and there you use the egg and water. I did try some and even baked a tad longer but my honey crisp apples were still firm. I’ll try again. Wish the video had shown a little more.
    As a single guy i am trying, LOVE what you do and i am learning.

    1. Hi Bob, one thing to know about my YouTube channel is that I’m a very instinctive cook. That means that I will often do things on camera (because I never use a script) that don’t always align with what’s in the recipe. Now neither one will be a problem if you follow the YouTube version or you follow the written version both will work. The egg and water that I had on the YouTube video was for sticking little leaves of dough to the top of the apples but I simply forgot to do it. The denseness of apples is going to vary widely. Sometimes they’re very soft and other times you get them and they are hard so your bake time just has to be flexible. Also keep in mind that ovens can vary as much as 50 degrees hotter or colder depending on your brand of oven so you just have to get familiar with how yours bakes. –Rachel

    1. Oh goodness Elizabeth–that’s like the nicest thing I’ve heard in ages. I’m so glad you like it! Those apple dumplings are so stinkin’ good you just won’t believe it. Let me know how they turn out for you!

  2. Hi Rachel, As you know, I’m not a blogger but rather a follower of you talented people! I love the idea of Comfort in 1 and the recipe for the Easy Apple Dumplings. Keep the fun coming!! Pinning this!!

    1. Oh yea, I meant to say I love the beautiful Temptations dish you used. I have some of the Confetti pattern.

    2. Yes! I love my Temptations. I have several in that pattern and they’re great for transporting dishes to potlucks. My mom got me this one along with an insulated case.

    3. Thanks Kim! We are still working on a homepage for Comfort in 1 so other bloggers will be able to locate the month’s ingredient and some other details. It’s going to be fun!

    1. Yes Anne! Please join us for Comfort in 1! There’s also a new Pinterest board for it so keep an eye out for that soon. I don’t have the link in front of me, but I’ll add it to an upcoming post.

  3. 1. I’m stupid excited about #comfortin1 and can’t wait to see what kinds of recipes we see in the coming months!

    2. I want to fall face-first into these gorgeous Apple Dumplings. I mean… c’mon! They’re not only gorgeous, but from the list of ingredients, I KNOW they’re delicious!

    3. Nice work!

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Rachel Ballard, RN, BSN brings more than 20 years of professional nursing expertise to Feast and Farm. With a love for nutrient dense foods that support wellness, she works to distill complex health information and current trends into recipes that fuel the best version of yourself. Read more about Rachel here.