Mini Apple Dumpling Dessert Recipe
What a better way to celebrate Fall then with an Apply Dumpling Recipe! To me, Fall is more than about wearing our favorite sweaters, getting ready for Halloween, and going on hayrides. It’s all about the food baby! When Fall comes around everything starts using two main ingredients for cooking: Pumpkins and Apples. I don’t have any pumpkin recipes up yet, but when I do…you now you’re gonna be the first to know! And if any of you know me, you know that I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world — especially when it comes to desserts made from apples. I love them, and I’m surprised that I’m not as a big as house right now. Though, I sure am pleasantly…healthy.
You’re going to absolutely adores this recipe, and so will your friends, family and kitchen! Why the kitchen? Well, you really don’t have too much of a mess to clean up, and this recipe is SUPER easy to make. Now that’s MY kind of recipe! So, let’s march forward through this, shall we?
Pie Crust (I make my own, and my recipe is in here. Though, you use pre-made pie shell to make life easy)
2 Granny Smith Apples
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 dashes of nutmeg
2 tablespoons of butter (I like using the salted variety to help balance out the sugar)
Splash of vanilla extract (just enough for a hint of flavor!)
1 melon baller
Pre-heat oven to 375
1. With the melon baller, scoop out as many apple “dots” that you can.
2. On a medium-low heat, add butter to pan to start the melting process. Once the butter has melted, add in all of your apple dots. You want to soften the apples, and also allow the apple dots to absorb some of that yummy butter into them. Sautée the apple dots for approximately 4 minutes. Then add in the two different sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Once all ingredients are in pan, reduce heat to low and gently stir to make sure that the sugars are dissolved and cinnamon & nutmeg are spread throughout. You’ll then let the pan bubble away. We are creating a caramelization factor…almost like candy. Allow the apple dots to soak in all that yummy flavor. Allow to bubble and reduct for approximately 5 minutes. Turn off heat and the let the apple dots cool in the liquid. (While cooling, gently stir once in a while).
4. Star rolling out dough and cut 2″ x 2″ squares (I just eye balled it — be sure to use a lightly floured surface).
5. Place 2 apple dots in the center of the dough square and pinch corners together (refer to picture up above). I wouldn’t add too much liquid from the apples, it could be a little messy. You can always add a pinch of brown sugar in each dumpling that you’re making if you want a little extra something something in it.
6. Once all edges are squeezed together, squeeze the middle portion together to create a small mountain peak. Then cut a tiny strip of dough to wrap around it (again, refer to the main picture to see the final outcome).
7. Place dumplings on a piece of parchment paper, a greased pan or a silt mat (I used a silt mat…best investment ever!). Space them out, and bake in the oven for approximately 16 minutes (or until light brown). You’ll be able to make approximately 14 of these delicious little treats.
Easy Pie Crust Recipe
1 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 stick of butter
3 to 4 teaspoons of ICE COLD water
1. Using a food processor (I use a fork), mix dry ingredients and butter together. We want the butter to get through the flour, and you’ll be creating a look of a lumpy play-dough.
2. Slowly add in cold water one teaspoon at a time into the flour mixture until you have a somewhat malleable dough ball.
3. You’re done! I told you it was easy. I find that it’s best to make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate. We want the crust to stay cold before you start using your warm hands and activating the butter in the dough, so you don’t want to play around with your pie crust dough.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Please a take a look at all my other wonderful and easy recipes to make at home.