Video: Apple Dumplings

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First video on Location! (Very fancy….)


  • Pie crust for double crust (or two pre-made 9″ crusts)
  • 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Make your crust, or roll out pre-made crust. (I’ll post a video on making pie crust soon, so if you don’t know how, feel free to buy pre-made. It’s not the best, but it makes for a stupidly simple preparation.)
  4. Cut crust into 6 squares, or cut so that each piece can wrap around your apples.
  5. Peel and core your apples. (If you don’t have an apple corer you can cut the apples in half to make it easier to core. Like it shows in the video, it may split if you do that, but it will still be amazing!)
  6. Put a piece of butter in, then some of the brown sugar and spices. More butter and some more brown sugar. Sprinkle some cinnamon and brown sugar on the outside of the apple (but inside the crust, duh.)
  7. Wet your fingertips and bring one corner of pastry to the top. Repeat with all the corners and smoosh it together until it’s totally covered. (You may need to pinch the top together a bit to make sure it sticks.)
  8. Place apples in greased glass baking dish and set aside.
  9. In a small saucepan, combine water, white sugar, vanilla extract and rest of butter. (About 1/2 the stick.) Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Carefully pour over dumplings.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Place each apple dumpling in a dessert bowl, and spoon some sauce over the top. Don’t forget vanilla ice cream, it’s the best!

So for real, this is such an easy recipe!! It’s pretty heavy and rich, so I’d recommend serving with a lighter dinner. That being said, it’s one of my favorite desserts for summer. I’ve had two boys propose to me after eating this, so be careful who you make it for. :)



  1. Liz commented on April 17th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    holy hell, that looks delicious!

    Looks like you had a camera man this episode, i like being able to see the food AND your lovely face! Thanks for this video, it looks so yummy and so simple I am going to have to try this one, i think! :)

  2. gulrukh commented on April 20th, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I have been looking for this recipe forever, ever since you made it that one time, long ago, for a dinner party. Ahhhh, good times. Awesome recipe!

  3. Melanie commented on April 20th, 2010 at 2:59 am

    I think of you every time I make this, I’m so glad you remember! You know I still get about 75% of my recipes from the cookbook you sent me. Everyone who likes this website should be thanking you. xoxo

  4. Mom commented on April 20th, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Mel, you’ve simplified this recipe so that we can make it anytime – last minute – for a special finale to any meal. Thank you! PS: You should video your granola for everyone – it’s the BEST I’ve ever had!

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