Peggy's Classic Apple Dumplings

Peggy's Classic Apple Dumplings Recipe
Photo: Southern Living


Makes 6 servings
Total time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes


1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
6 small Rome apples (about 1 3/4 lb.)
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, cut into 6 equal pieces
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted


1. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg in a saucepan. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in 2 Tbsp. butter. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. Cover and chill. Meanwhile, peel and core apples.

2. Stir milk into flour mixture until moistened. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 to 4 times. Roll into an 18- x 12-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 (6-inch) squares. Place 1 apple in center of each square.

3. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and remaining 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg; sprinkle over apples. Press 1 piece of butter into each apple center. Moisten edges of dough with water; fold dough over apples, pinching edges to seal. Place dumplings in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour sugar syrup over dumplings.

4. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with pecans.

Peggy Baker, Birmingham, Alabama,

Southern Living

October 2009
My Notes

Only you will be able to view, print, and edit this note.

Add Note