Easy Apple Dumplings

by Erin

These apple dumplings are so easy and delicious they are dangerous. Make sure you have plenty of people with whom to share!

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I picked way too many apples a couple weeks ago and need to start making short work of them without letting any go to waste. Sure we eat them straight up but as a household of two there’s only so much damage we can do to 20 pounds.

Even though I have made my share of savory apple recipes, my mind always goes to sweets when it comes to seasonal fruit. Especially with apples, the best way to use up over-zealous apple picking is to make apple pie (which is on my list of course).

Easy Apple Dumplings - ready for the oven

But today is National Apple Dumpling Day! Perfect timing because a year ago I put this on my recipe idea list and the time has finally come to share it.

This recipe is usually made with a lighter colored pop such as lemon-lime soda or ginger ale, just like spite biscuits. But my root beer-loving self decided to try it with root beer instead. Because I have to try everything with root beer that is normally made with another carbonated beverage.

Easy Apple Dumplings - fresh out of the oven

Now, I’ve never had it made with the other pop options, but I didn’t think the flavor of the root beer was strong enough to deter you from making this with just about any kind of pop. Even orange soda would likely work!

These also get the “easy” stamp of approval. Just roll up 4 apples cut into quarters in triangles of crescent dough, pour over a brown sugar-butter sauce, add root beer, and bake.

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The hardest part will be waiting for it to cool so as to not scald the roof of your mouth. But a big scoop of your favorite ice cream will help expedite the process.

But once you finally get to dig in, you’ll realize how dangerously delicious these are, knowing how easy they were to make. Crispy dough around sweet tender apples, nestled in a gooey caramel-like sauce, all topped with ice cream? Good luck with your self control.

Looking for other easy ways to enjoy apples? Try my single serving apple crisp or apple harvest oatmeal. Or maybe an easy peanut butter crescent ring is more your style?

Easy Apple Dumplings Inside

One year ago: Lemon Cookies with Caramelized Milk Jam

Four years ago: Weekly Meal Plan #30

Five years ago: Mesquite Chicken Sausage and Pepper Pizza

Six years ago: Cheetos Cheeseburgers

Eight years ago: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Browned Butter Sauce

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Yield: 16 Servings Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into quarters
  • 2 (8 count) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 12 oz. can root beer (or favorite pop)
  • Cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Unroll and divide the crescent roll dough. Starting from the widest part, place a quarter of an apple, and then roll up toward the thin end. Place in prepared pan, and repeat with remaining dough and apple quarters.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add sugar and stir until well combined and mostly dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and salt, and pour over dumplings.
  4. Without pouring directly over the dumplings, pour root beer into the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until browned and crispy. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving with ice cream or whipped cream.
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Source: Adapted slightly from NeighborFood.

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Christine December 25, 2020 - 7:48 pm

Wow! Pretty sure this is the best apple dessert I’ve ever eaten. Perfect. I used 7-Up. It’s what I had on hand. I’ve made a lot of recipes from the internet. Most were good. But I never loved one enough to leave a comment, until now. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful and easy recipe.

Erin December 29, 2020 - 4:35 pm

So happy to hear that Christine!

Pam September 20, 2020 - 4:32 pm

Could half the recipe?

Erin September 20, 2020 - 11:15 pm

Yes you certainly could!

Susan September 17, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Self-control made easy: don’t make them even though they sound wonderful. :-) Wish I could afford to try these.

Erin September 18, 2020 - 9:13 am

Haha yea I gave away about half of them!


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