Monday, June 21, 2010

Apple Dumplings

Thanks to PW I finally managed to do something that I had been trying for the past eleven years.

Make the perfect apple dumplings. 

My mother-in-law made really good ones but I was unable to recreate her version and so every year my husband would request a pan full of her apple dumplings instead of a cake for his birthday. Since we were moving and I knew she would no longer be able to provide an apple dumpling filled birthday I went on a search to find some that are equally as good. I found PW's version on a friends blog and after reading her rave review I knew I have to try them too.

The first pan full I followed the recipe exactly, but we all agreed it had way too much butter for our taste and so with a little tweaking here is our version of PW's apple dumplings. They are so good that it's hard to have any leftovers and my husband gave the highest form of praise by saying they are even better than his mother's. What more can I say? They were promptly filed into the keeper file and we have enjoyed them numerous times since then.
Picture from PW's site
Apple Dumplings


2 apples (we prefer Fuji)
2 cans (8oz) Crescent Rolls
1 stick butter
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup hot water
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1  12 oz can Mountain Dew


Peels and core the apples and then cut them each into 8 slices.
Roll each apple slice into a crescent roll. Place in a 9x13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar, stir. Add the water and vanilla, stir and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream (if you want) and sprinkle some of the delicious sauce from the pan over it all.


  1. These do look mighty good but you lost me with the Mountain Dew. We don't buy sodas so would never, ever have it on hand.

  2. I can't wait to make these. I will be having breakfast company and I will make them then.

  3. PW's Apple Dumplings are my very most favorite recipe of hers. There are just not enough words to describe how wonderful they are. I might just have to make some tonight. So glad your hubby liked them.

  4. I never heard of apple dumplings (in the American sense) till I came to California and had them at Knott's Berry Farm...

    We had Apfel Knoedel in Germany, but they were totally different...yours look yummy!

  5. I've only had apple dumplings at The Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana, and my husband and I loved them so much that you've inspired me to try making my own! I'm very intrigued my the Mountain Dew...
    Happy First Day of Summer!

  6. Wow, those apple dumplin's sound so easy and look delicious! I'm going to have to give them a try. Thank you for posting your version! :)

  7. Thank you so much for the comment you left me on my blog. He seems to be healing nicely.
    That recipe looks delicious. I love baking and have wanted to try apple dumplings...Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

  8. Wow! I've never heard of using Mountain Dew. These look scrumptious!

  9. These sound and look deliciolus! Mountain Dew? Now that is a shocker, but if she says so :)

    I have only tried her recipe for Grilled Ribeye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese was amazing. Absolutely amazing. Have you tried that one?

    Thank you for sharing this recipe.


  10. Hello~

    My husband loves apple pie so I am definitely going to try this recipe. They look SCRUMPTIOUS!

    Thank you for sharing!


  11. I got Pw's book for Mothers day I love it but many recipes have things we don't get here In Oz.
    Like The canned cresent roll....What the???

  12. They look delicious, but canned crescent rolls and Mountain Dew are two things that are not found in my kitchen. I can see how people would love this recipe, though because it sounds so easy to make.

  13. I found this recipe some time ago and lost it, what a surprise to see it surface this morning. Will try it this time. Also, do you have a recipe for the Amish friendship cake with fruit, would very much like to try it. Have a great day. Connie

  14. Wow! I was so surprised to see the addition of Mountain Dew. What does it do for the dumplings? Flavor, moistness, rising? I'm so curious!

  15. The Apple Dumplings look delicious! I would also like to thank you for visiting my "little space." I am looking forward to spending time going over your postings! Sweet blessings for your evening! Teri

  16. wow!truly is a surprise to see mt.dew being added to these dumplings, started wondering how it would taste to add lemonade, since I don't have mountian dew on hand.

  17. Oh, we love these! We don't make them very often, but they are a hit in our house.

  18. What a very different sounding recipe! I was wondering, do you think 7-up would work? My husband & I usually don't drink soda, but if we do 7-up is all natural so we would not mind using that. Thanks for sharing the recipe, sounds yummy!

  19. I had to give this recipe a try before I leave a comment. And all I can say is WOW! Absolutely hands down the best apple dumplings I ever had!


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