Deep Fried Apple Dumplings

By Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy
September 15, 2018
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Author Notes: These are a play on the name "apple dumplings". Instead of a whole apple baked inside a pastry crust, these are a sweet riff on Asian dumplings that will remind you of the deep-fried McDonald's apple pies of yore. I highly recommend serving these with a miso caramel sauce (like this one: for full enjoyment. Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy

Makes: about 2 dozen
Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 5 min

  • 2 apples (Gala, Pink Lady, and Fuji are my favorites)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • pinches kosher salt
  • 24 dumpling skins (I used storebought, but you can make your own if you can be bothered)
  • Oil, for deep frying
  1. Peel the apples and finely dice. Mix with the brown sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch, and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until the apples are tender and liquid starts to form. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Wet the edges of the dumpling skins and fill with the apple mixture. Seal tightly.
  3. Heat the oil in a pot to 350°F. Fry the dumplings until golden brown and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve immediately with the miso caramel dipping sauce.

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