A quick and easy twist on Apple Dumplings using crescent roll dough to wrap the apples in. Imagine biting into a buttery crescent roll with a tender slice of apple that’s baked in a cinnamon-brown sugar syrup. Top it with ice cream and you will have the easiest and best fall dessert!
Apple dumplings are like little pockets of apple pie, without all of the work it takes to make a pie! This cozy recipe makes the most perfect fall treat. With a caramel-like brown sugar cinnamon syrup, every bite of these delicious dumplings is irresistible.
Old fashioned dumplings are often made with homemade dough. But I’ve found the easy button to quality dumplings is to just use crescent roll dough! The flaky texture soaks up the syrup and juice from the apple so well without creating a super soggy mess.
Crescent rolls really are so much fun to bake with. You can make these pumpkin crescent rolls for a comforting fall treat too. But buy plenty of rolls of dough to make a big batch of easy apple dumplings!
Why You’ll Love Apple Dumplings
- All you need is 15 minutes out of your day to prep this easy apple dessert.
- This recipe is really easy to make. Perfect for a novice in the kitchen and even an experienced baker!
- It is really easy to double or triple this recipe. Make plenty of crescent roll apple dumplings for any party or gathering.
Ingredients for Apple Dumplings
- Butter – Unsalted and salted butter will both work for apple dessert recipe! Salted butter may help to balance the sweetness of the syrup.
- Cinnamon – The most warming of spices and the most complimentary flavor to apples.
- Nutmeg – Nutmeg is a classic fall spice, you can’t go wrong using it in recipes like this. So tasty!
- Cornstarch – Use cornstarch to help thicken the brown sugar cinnamon syrup. Without thickener, it can be quite runny and may just pool around the crescent rolls instead of sticking to them.
- Crescent rolls – This is my secret to the most flaky and buttery apple dumplings. Simply use a can of store-bought crescent rolls!
- Granny smith apples – You can use any kind of apples to make these, but I like the slight tang that comes from granny smith apples.
- Water – Water will help to meld together all of the ingredients for the brown sugar syrup.
- Brown sugar – Both light brown sugar and dark brown sugar will work for this recipe. Brown sugar is such a great sweetener for fall recipes because of it’s caramel-like flavor.
How to Make this Apple Dumplings Recipe
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then grease a square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Peel and core two large apples, then cut them into quarters. Sprinkle each slice with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.
Next, wrap the cinnamon apples in a crescent roll and seal the edges all the way around.
Place the wrapped apples into the previously prepare baking dish. then prepare the syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring the syrup to a light boil and let it simmer for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
Once all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined, pour the completed syrup over the pan of apple dumplings.
Bake for 35 minutes until the crescent rolls are golden brown on top and the apples are cooked through.
Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
What to Serve with Apple Dumplings
How to Store Leftover Apple Dumplings
FRIDGE: Let cool completely before storing. You can either cover the baking dish tightly in plastic wrap or transfer them to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 4-5 days, and reheat when you want to enjoy a warm apple dumpling! Be sure to scoop all of the syrup into the airtight container that you transfer the dumplings to.
FREEZER: Transfer leftover dumplings and syrup into an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Cook dumplings from frozen until warmed all the way through.
What apples are best for dumplings?
Granny smith apples tend to be the most common choice for an apple dumplings recipe. Their tart flavor cuts through the sweetness of the brown sugar syrup. However, you truly can make these recipe with any apple you want!
Choose a sweet variety like honeycrisp or red delicious. If you want a different tart variety, grab a few pink lady apples or maybe some McIntosh!
- Make sure you continuously stir the the brown sugar syrup so it doesn’t scald or stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Serve while warm for the best flavor and best texture. Reheat leftovers for the best results.
- Even though the baking dish will be full of syrup, it is still important to grease the pan so that the dumplings don’t stick to the bottom.
Dig into this perfect fall dessert with the most incredible flavors! So easy to make and filled with warm apple goodness.
More Apple Recipes You’ll Love
- Apple Nachos are a really easy after school snack and summer treat.
- Need a recipe for classic apple pie? My Apple Pie recipe has never failed me!
- This Easy Apple Turnover Recipe is a staple that everyone should learn how to make.
- Make some Instant Pot Apple Cider as the beverage for the next party that you plan to post.
- 8 ounce can crescent rolls (8 count)
- 2 large Granny Smith apples
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- vanilla ice cream for serving
Cinnamon Brown Sugar Syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 8×8 or 9×9 inch square baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Peel and core apples. Then cut into quarters. Sprinkle each apple quarter with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Wrap each apple quarter with a crescent roll and seal up all the edges. Place in prepared 9×9 inch pan.
- In a medium saucepan mix in all the syrup ingredients. Bring to a light boil and simmer for 2 minutes while stirring continuously.
- Pour the syrup in the pan over the crescent rolls.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes or until golden brown on top and the apple is cooked through.
- Let cool 5 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.