Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings are apples wrapped in a buttery dough and baked in a cinnamon syrup, one of the best recipes to make for a simple and delicious fall dessert. Apples are abundant locally this time of year, take advantage of their offering at Oliver’s and get creative in the kitchen! Dish it up warm with ice cream and a mug of spiced cider, and relish in the flavors and scents of the season.

  • Serves: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes


  • 6 small Organic Sierra Beauty Apples, peeled & cored
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed but kept very cold
  • 3 tablespoons raisins, soaked in 3 tbsp. rum or brandy (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out thawed pastry dough into a 14x7 inch rectangle, then cut into six equal squares. Arrange one prepared apple in the center of each; fill apple with 1/2 tablespoon each raisins and chopped walnuts. Moisten corners of pastry dough with a little water, then pinch over apple to seal. Cut a small hole in the top to vent, then place in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Repeat with remaining apples.

  2. Combine butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and 1 1/3 cups water in a medium saucepan, and heat on medium stirring constantly. When syrup comes to boil, remove from heat immediately and pour into bottom of dumpling dish.

  3. Bake dumplings for 40 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden, basting with syrup about once every ten minutes. Serve topped with a drizzle of syrup; goes well with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

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