Apple Dumplings

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Apple Dumplings – Easy dessert recipe that is made using apples, crescents rolls, and soda. Bake in the oven for a crispy crust that wraps the warm apple.

I came across this recipe while I was looking through the cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks-Food From My Frontier and the ingredients had me very curious as to exactly how this recipe would turn out. In the past when I have tried a new recipe with unusual ingredient combinations, it has not been a success at my house. Nevertheless, I decided to press on and give this recipe a try anyway and it was a complete hit. It is a sweet, warm treat, that goes very well when served with ice cream. I chose to pair mine with Haagen-Dazs Coconut Macaroon and it was a wonderful treat to end the day!

Apple Dumplings

Original Recipe by Ree Drummond-The Pioneer Woman

Makes 8 servings (2 dumplings per serving)

Apple Dumplings Ingredients:

  • 2 whole Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 cans (8 Oz. Cans) Crescent Rolls
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1-1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Cinnamon, To Taste
  • 1 can (12 Oz.) Mountain Dew Soda

Apple Dumplings Ingredients


Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices each.

Apples for the Apple Dumplings

Roll each individual apple slice into a single crescent roll dough, beginning at the wide end and ending at the point. Place in an 8 x 10-inch buttered pan seam side down.

Roll the Apple Dumplings

Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat, then add sugar and barely stir (no need to dissolve the sugar, you want the mixture to be grainy). Add vanilla and stir for a few seconds, and pour entire mixture over rolls.

Sauce for the Apple Dumplings

Pour Mountain Dew all over the top. It will look really liquidy, which is exactly what you want.

Bake the Apple Dumplings

Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Baking the Apple Dumplings in the Oven

Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauce from the pan over the top.

apple dumplings

*Substitute ripe peach, pear, or apricot slices.

*Substitute ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for Mountain Dew.


  • Reply
    April 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Those look SO GOOD. I have to admit, when I saw that one of the ingredients was a can of Mountain Dew, I said, “WHAAAT?” But they look really really good. Stopped by from the Saturday Sharefest. Have a great weekend.

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      April 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      That is exactly what I thought and it had me a little worried at first, but you cannot taste the Mountain Dew flavor at all.

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    April 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Wow! These look so easy and delicious! Definitely will give it a try.

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      April 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Please do…they are really easy to make.

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