Baked Apple Dumplings

November 26, 2019
Photo by Rocky Luten
Test Kitchen Notes

These easy apple dumplings are flaky and golden on the outside, soft and apple-y on the inside, flavored with a glistening bourbon sauce, and best served with a scoop of ice cream. —The Editors

  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Makes 6
  • For the dough:
  • 9 ounces cream cheese
  • 12 ounces unsalted butter
  • 20 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • For the baked apple dumplings:
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 tablespoons pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 3 ounces maple syrup
  • Granulated sugar
  • Maple or vanilla ice cream
In This Recipe
  1. For the dough:
  2. Add the cream cheese, butter, and flour to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture has a sand-like texture. Then add the salt, cinnamon, and baking powder, and pulse again. Once combined, add 4 tablespoons iced water and vinegar and pulse until the mixture resembles a loose dough.
  3. Take the dough out on a floured surface and gather it together in a ball. Cover the dough with plastic film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and roll out each portion in a 3- to 4-inch round circle. Cover these circles in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to make the apple dumpling.
  1. For the baked apple dumplings:
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  3. Prepare a bowl with ice and cold water. Dip the peeled apples in the ice-water bath to prevent oxidation.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the butter, allspice, pecans, bourbon, and maple syrup until combined and freeze for 30 minutes.
  5. Spoon a tablespoon of this mixture into the core of each apple.
  6. Wrap each stuffed apple in the prepared dough. Roll the dough-wrapped apples in sugar and place them on a baking tray.
  7. Bake the apple dumplings for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
  8. Serve warm with a scoop of maple or vanilla ice cream.

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