Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings Recipe

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You only need 5 ingredients to make this old-fashioned apple dumplings recipe. The cinnamon-spiced apples are baked in flaky biscuit dough and buttery sugar syrup and are ah-mazingly delicious.

Spoonful of apple dumpling.

I am so excited to bring you this homemade apple dumplings recipe today. The weather is starting to turn cooler here and has brought with it thoughts of beef stew and apple dumplings. Of course, I love apples cooked in any form; whether that’s in my apple dapple cake, fried apples, apple pie, or these delicious apple dumplings.

This is an old-fashioned apple dumpling recipe is very forgiving, so don’t be scared of adding or adjusting the ingredients to suit your taste. As mentioned, you only need 5 main ingredients: canned biscuit dough, apples, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Many apple dumpling recipes use pie dough, but we’re keeping things simple with canned biscuits.

Now, the steps are as simple as the ingredients for these easy apple dumplings. Just peel and chop the apples, toss them in the cinnamon, and then add them to the biscuit dough pieces. Once you have that assembled in your baking dish, it’s time to make the syrup! This is the best part! We place pats of butter on the dumplings, sprinkle them with sugar, and then pour boiling water over the top before baking.

When it’s time to serve your apple dumplings, pour the sugar syrup over the flaky buttery dough with tender pieces of cinnamon apple inside. Can you think of a better fall dessert? Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complete the meal.

Labeled ingredients for old-fashioned apple dumplings.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Canned biscuits 
  • Fresh apples 
  • Butter

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How to Make Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Peel and slice apples.

Peel and slice your apples however you want.

Place apples in bowl and toss to combine with cinnamon.

Place your diced apples in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Stir to coat.

Roll out each piece of biscuit dough.

Take each biscuit and roll it out as best you can on waxed or parchment paper.

Don’t roll it too thin. Just roll it out enough to be able to put some apple filling in the center.

Place apple filling in center of biscuit dough.

Put a heaping tablespoon of apple filling in the center of each one.

Fold up sides of biscuit dough to create apple dumpling.

After you put the filling in each round of dough, fold up the sides and press them together so they look like little square packets.

Place all dumplings in baking dish.

Place all of your dumplings in a baking dish (I’m using a 9×13).

Top with small pats of butter.

Top each with a small pat of butter.

Sprinkle remaining apples in baking dish.

Sprinkle the remaining apples over them.

If you don’t have apples left, don’t worry about it.

Sprinkle sugar over dumplings.

Sprinkle your white sugar over the dumplings.

Gently pour boiling water into baking dish.

Gently pour boiling water over the dumplings. 

I know this seems strange pouring water over this but trust me, it will turn into a delicious syrup.

Apple dumplings ready to be baked.

Bake at 350 for one hour.

Baked apple dumplings

They’ll look golden brown like this and smell amazing once done.

Spoonful of apple dumplings.

Now grab a big spoonful of apple dumplings…

Apple dumplings on a plate.

Pop them on your plate…

Apple dumplings on plate with ice cream.

And add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Now sit back and enjoy fall and all the wonderful flavors that it brings!


Store leftover homemade apple dumplings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. I recommend reheating them in the oven before serving so they crisp up once more.

Recipe Notes

  • While prepping the apples, I strongly recommend opening the biscuits, taking them apart, and laying them out on wax paper to come to room temperature. This makes the biscuits easier to roll out.
  • If you don’t like cinnamon, the apple dumplings are just as good without it. I have had them both ways and love them either way.
  • On the other hand, you can also add other spices, like 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. You can also substitute the cinnamon for apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.
  • Something else you can add to the apple filling? 1/2 cup of brown sugar for even sweeter apple dumplings! You can also substitute the white sugar in the sugar syrup for brown sugar.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve old-fashioned apple dumplings?

They taste great on their own, but I highly recommend serving them alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream (here’s my homemade recipe). Some people also add a drizzle of caramel sauce, but I personally think the syrup is sweet enough. 

Do you put milk on apple dumplings?

I’ve heard some people pour milk over the apple dumplings before serving. I’ve never done this but you can give it a go if you like.

What are the best apples for dumplings?

Granny Smith apples are always the best for baking. However, other crisp apple varieties that would work well include Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Jonagold, Macintosh, and Golden Delicious.

You may also like these appetizing apple recipes:

Apple Cobbler With Crescent Rolls

Apple Cake With Caramel Fudge Icing

Homemade Apple Fritters

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Cinnamon Apple Bread

Stuffed Baked Apples

Old-fashioned apple dumplings

Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

This easy 5-ingredient old-fashioned apple dumplings recipe includes cinnamon-spiced apples baked in flaky biscuit dough and buttery sugar syrup.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, dumplings


  • 2 10-count cans biscuits
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • ¾ stick butter or margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Prep: Boil water (enough to completely cover the dumplings and then another 1/2 cup). Then let biscuits sit out while you peel and chop apples, as they're easier to roll out that way.
    2 10-count cans biscuits
  • Peel and chop apples into small pieces. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon, stirring to coat.
    3 Granny Smith apples, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Roll out biscuit dough and put a heaping tablespoon of apples in the center. Pull the biscuit around the apples and pinch to seal.
    2 10-count cans biscuits
  • Place dumplings (pinched side down) in a 13x9 casserole dish. Repeat the process until all 20 dumplings are made and placed in the baking dish.
  • Cut butter into pats and place on top of dumplings. Pour any remaining apple pieces on top of the dumplings.
    ¾ stick butter or margarine
  • Sprinkle sugar over the dumplings.
    1 cup granulated sugar
  • Then pour boiling water gently over the dumplings. Pour water until it completely covers the dumplings, then add about another ½ cup. Trust me, the water will turn into delicious syrup.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
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~ Charles Lamb 1775-1834

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  1. 5 stars
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made these apple dumplings now, but everyone who eats them, loves them! In fact, on this beautiful fall day I’m once again prepping for another batch. Thanks so much for an absolutely wonderful recipe.

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