You can’t ask for a more perfect fall dessert than Apple Dumplings. Juicy and tender apple slices wrapped in crescent rolls with a buttery brown sugar topping. A quick and easy dessert you can put together in 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients.
I’m not sure why July 5th is National Apple Turnover day when apples aren’t really in season yet. However, if you’re getting tired of peaches and blueberries, you can always find apples and Apple Dumplings are fabulous any time of the year.
This is a great last minute, “OMG I need to make something for dessert and I only have 10 minutes” dish. Or maybe you just don’t feel like spending any more time in the kitchen but still want something fabulous. I think it’s better than an apple turnover because each dumpling only has a slice of apple so it cooks to the perfect consistency.
Only 5 things you’ll need for this fall dessert
- Apples – Just 2 and any type will work. Tart apples are nice since they are covered in butter and brown sugar, but I use what I have on hand which is normally fuji or gala.
- Crescent rolls – 2 packages. The last time I made these I used Trader Joe’s brand and they were delicious.
- Brown sugar – for a gooey syrup to sweeten things up.
- Butter – because everything tastes better with butter.
- Cinnamon – a warm spice that’s a must with baked apples.
How do you make apple dumplings
Step 1: Peel, core and cut the apples into 8 slices.
Step 2: Separate the Crescent rolls at the perforations and place an apple wedge at the wide end. Roll the dough over the apple and place in a baking dish.
Step 3: Combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in a saucepan and boil for 2 minutes then pour over the apples.
Step 4: Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and serve warm with ice cream or by themselves.
That’s all there is to it, so simple and it’s pretty hard to mess up. Use whatever apple you prefer, I think an apple that’s a little tart works best. Generally I’ll use Fuji apples but Nana always uses Granny Smith. The girls absolutely love this dessert and I’m a pretty big fan too.
This is a great desert to make if you are in a small apartment or don’t have a lot of kitchen supplies and it’s easy enough for any beginner to pull off. If you like Apple Dumplings, and have a little more time, try Peach Dumplings with a homemade crust.
Yes, just let them come to room temperature.
Let them come to room temperature if frozen and then bake in a 350º oven for about 10 minutes. In a pinch you can microwave for about 30 seconds.
Inspired to try more APPLE desserts, you might like some of these recipes
- Apple hand pies
- Apple pie bars
- Grilled apples
- Apple crisp
- Apple cobbler with pomegranate seeds
- Apple cinnamon rolls
- Apple Galette
- Apple Muffins
- Apple blondies
- Apple blackberry crumble
- 2 apples peeled, cored and cut into quarters
- 2 cans crescent rolls
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¾ cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Separate crescent rolls at perforations. Place an apple slice at the wide end and roll to the point. Place in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Repeat with remaining slices.
- In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Pour over apple rolls.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until pastry is golden brown. Serve warm.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Tart apples work great in this apple dessert, try granny smith or fuji.
- If using a very firm apple, you may need to increase the cooking time. Test the apples with a fork.
- If the pastry is getting too brown and the apples are not soft yet, cover with tinfoil for the remaining baking time.
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