National Apple Dumpling Day! Celebrate with this Dumpling Recipe

National Apple Dumpling Day! Celebrate with this Dumpling Recipe

It’s almost fall and that means all things pumpkin, but… it also means all things apple. The forgotten fall fruit. Talk about one of our favorite desserts. Apple Dumplings! Check out this recipe from Butter with A Side of Bread.

Easy Apple Dumplings recipe made with just a few ingredients- one apple, brown sugar, crescent dough & lemon lime soda! Simple recipe for apple dumplings in a sweet caramel-like glaze that tastes delicious.

Country Apple Dumplings are the easiest baked apple dumplings EVER! They’re made with crescent rolls, then baked with butter-cinnamon sugar perfection- plus some 7-Up! Try them- you’ll love them! Some of the ingredients might make you wonder, but trust me on this one: these are impossibly delicious. They ta  ste like a small piece of apple tart heaven! They’re best when served immediately, with a scoop of Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream.

There are thousands of varieties of apples, so how do you choose which one to use to make apple dumplings? You want a firm, crisp and slightly tart apple. My favorites to use are Pink Lady, Honey Crisp or Fugi apples. These apples are easy to find and aren’t terribly expensive, especially if you buy them in the Fall when apples are in season. I’ve also used Gala apples in this recipe and they taste great as well! You’ll want to avoid using soft, mealy apples like Red Delicious or Golden Delicious in this recipe. Some people like using Granny Smith apples and while I love Granny Smith, I think they’re just a bit too tart for this recipe.

You’ll notice that I use crescent dough to make our apple dumplings recipe. Quite simply, using crescent dough just make these so very easy! You end up baking the dough covered apples in a sweet cinnamon sugar sauce, so it’s hard to even tell when they’re done, that you use crescent dough to make them. I encourage you to try it!


  • 1 large apple {I used a Fuji- any apple will do, tart is better}
  • 1 can Pillsbury Crescent dough
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup or 6 oz. 7-Up soda or equivalent {half the can}

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
Cut each apple into wedges. Slice the apple skin off as well and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in crescent roll dough starting at the wide end. Pinch to seal and cover apple and place in the baking dish. {This is easier if you first pat the apple wedge dry, then wrap dough around it.}

Melt butter in a small saucepan* and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Heat, whisking to combine. The mixture will slowly combine and thicken. When it’s thickened, remove from heat and add vanilla.

Pour cinnamon mixture over the apple dumplings. Pour soda over the dumplings.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

*You can make the caramel sauce in the microwave simply by putting the butter, sugar and cinnamon together in a glass bowl, then microwaving for 2 minutes. Stir together as best you can, then proceed with the recipe!


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