The Best Granny Smith Apple Dumplings


Dumpling ingredientsCombine a warm, toasty cinnamon apple filling wrapped in a soft, flaky dough and you have yourself the perfect Apple Dumplings for anytime of the year. Something tells me that this recipe is the perfect way to integrate those tart Granny Smith apples that have been patiently sitting in your fridge, waiting to be turned into a mouth-watering dessert!

Whether you have a sweet tooth or crave a hint of sourness every once and awhile, these Apple Dumplings will satisfy both pallets. If you’re anything like me, you save your Granny Smith apples for baking and you are always on the hunt for a way to sweeten up their sour attitudes. Apple Dumplings come together quickly and it’s so fun to wrap up a whole pan of unique looking little treats, even if you’re in a crunch for time.

Having a dinner party?

Granny Smith Apples

In under an hour, you can fill your home with the welcoming aroma of freshly baked apples and notes of vanilla and cinnamon. While you’re setting the table and plating dinner, your Granny Smith Apple Dumplings can be baking away in the oven making your guests ask, “what is that amazing smell?”

I can’t count how many times I’ve forgotten what everyone looks forward to the most at a dinner party or celebration, and that is a crowd-pleasing dessert every time. Dinner is great, but after it’s over, I know I’m not the only one who scopes out the kitchen for some kind of dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’m never looking for much, but I am looking for convenience, simplicity, and maximum deliciousness.

These Apple Dumplings come in handy!

dumplings with ice cream

What makes these dessert dumplings extra convenient is they can be eaten right away with cold vanilla ice cream to cool down the steamy, sweet, and tart filling. If you don’t have vanilla ice cream, I’d recommend a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar for an additional dose of sweetness!

This Granny Smith Apple Dumpling recipe stays under 15 ingredients and the most involved step in the process will be when you fill the dumpling dollops with cinnamon-apple goodness! Buying pre-packaged dough ahead of time will also eliminate the extra step of making the dough yourself, so all you have to do is roll it out and get to wrapping your dumplings.

A recipe like this is also easy to modify and allows for more experimentation with homemade dough, plant-based butter, or plant-based ice cream!  Once you decide to try these addicting Apple Dumplings, let us know in the comments below how you enjoyed them and if you have a favorite apple to substitute in this recipe!


  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 packages pre-made crescent dough sheets
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream for serving

Perfect for a special treat anytime of year, these apple dumplings are sure to please and impress your dinner guests. Soft pastry dough is filled with homemade sweet and tart apples and baked until golden brown. Topped with vanilla ice cream and a dash of cinnamon!

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small pot over medium heat, add the apples, water, butter, cinnamon and sugar. Let come to a simmer and cook for 6 minutes, until the apples are soft.
  3. In a small dish, combine the cornstarch and water. Add to the apple mixture and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface. Use a 2” biscuit cutter to slice into rounds.
  5. Add 1 Tbsp of the cooled pie filling to one side of the round, fold over, and pinch shut. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  6. Place in a buttered 9x13 glass casserole dish.
  7. In a small saucepan, melt the butter.
  8. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
  9. Pour over the dumplings. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Top with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 466
  • Fat Content: 15.5g
  • Cholesterol Content: 30mg
  • Sodium Content: 534mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 73.7g
  • Fiber Content: 4.5g
  • Sugar Content: 28.9g
  • Protein Content: 9.8g