No pie pan? No problem! Apple Dumplings to the rescue! Enjoy this fun version of apple pie on a cool fall weekend. Free printable recipe card included!


This week our kind neighbor helped us remove a couple of trees from our property. My husband asked if I would bake an apple pie for him and his wife as a thank you. Of course! But I’m out of aluminum pie pans (I would rather not trouble someone with having to return a pan). Apple dumplings to the rescue!

Apple dumplings are individual-sized versions of apple pie – a fruit pie in a crust packet that serves two. Or one really hungry pie-lover!

Ditch the pie pan and use all those extra apples to make apple dumplings!

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How to Make Apple Dumplings

First, cut in half one single pie crust. Click here for a photo tutorial on how to make pie crust from scratch. Or watch this video to learn how to make a pie crust!

Then, on a floured surface, roll the pie crust into a circle about 7 inches in diameter. The measurement doesn’t have to be exact. I have a small kitchen and use my glass-top stove for rolling out pie crust. It’s big, smooth, and cleans easily.

Peel a small or medium-sized apple, and cut it into slices. Next, place the apple slices in the center of the circle of pie crust. Then top the apple slices with 1 Tbs. of sugar, 1 tsp. of flour, and a dash of cinnamon.

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Fold over ¼ of the crust, then another quarter, slightly twisting the crust as your wrap the apples.

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The dumpling will be shaped a little like a chocolate kiss. Place the dumpling on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Baking parchment will keep it from sticking.

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Brush the entire dumpling with a little milk. Then sprinkle it with a little sugar and cinnamon.

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Bake the dumpling at 375° on the bottom rack of the oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown.

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This dumpling is a generous-sized dessert. It will easily serve two adults. Top it with vanilla (shown) or cinnamon ice cream for a real treat!

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The neat thing about this recipe: you can make your dumpling any flavor. Try cherry, peach, blueberry, blackberry – be creative! But most of all, have fun. 🙂

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