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For the Dumplings:

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 cans (8 oz each) crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prepare the Apples:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cut each apple into 8 slices. Set aside.

Assemble the Dumplings:

  1. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll dough triangle, starting from the wide end. Place the wrapped apples in a buttered 9×13-inch baking dish.

Prepare the Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Stir well and let it cook for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth.

Pour the Sauce:

  1. Pour the sauce over the wrapped apple dumplings in the baking dish.


  1. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-45 minutes, or until the dumplings are golden brown and the sauce is bubbling.

Make the Sauce for Serving:

  1. In a separate saucepan, combine the ingredients for the serving sauce (sugar, water, and vanilla extract).
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved.


  1. Once the apple dumplings are baked, remove them from the oven.
  2. Serve them warm, drizzled with the warm serving sauce.


These Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings are a delightful dessert that combines tender apples, flaky crescent roll dough, and a sweet and buttery sauce. Enjoy the comforting flavors that make this recipe a classic favorite.


  1. Can I use a different type of apple for this recipe?
  • While Granny Smith apples are recommended for their tartness and firm texture, you can use other varieties such as Honeycrisp or Fuji. Keep in mind that the sweetness and texture of the apples may affect the overall flavor and consistency of the dumplings.
  1. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
  • Yes, you can assemble the apple dumplings ahead of time and refrigerate them before baking. Simply cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to bake, remove the dish from the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature, and then bake according to the recipe instructions.
  1. Can I freeze the apple dumplings?
  • While it’s best to enjoy the apple dumplings fresh, you can freeze any leftovers for later consumption. Allow the baked dumplings to cool completely, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, thaw the dumplings in the refrigerator overnight and then warm them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until heated through.
  1. How do I store leftovers?
  • Store any leftover apple dumplings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave or oven until warmed through before serving.
  1. Can I adjust the sweetness of the sauce?
  • Yes, feel free to adjust the amount of sugar in the sauce according to your taste preferences. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, you can increase the amount of sugar. Conversely, if you prefer a less sweet sauce, you can reduce the amount of sugar.
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  1. Use Cold Butter for Flaky Dumplings:
  • For flaky and tender dumplings, make sure to use cold butter when rolling the crescent roll dough around the apple slices. This will help create layers in the dough as it bakes.
  1. Serve with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream:
  • For an extra indulgent treat, serve the warm apple dumplings with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. The creamy texture of the ice cream or whipped cream pairs perfectly with the warm, buttery dumplings.
  1. Add Nuts or Raisins for Texture:
  • Customize the apple dumplings by adding chopped nuts (such as pecans or walnuts) or raisins to the filling mixture before wrapping the apple slices in the crescent roll dough. This adds texture and flavor to the dumplings.
  1. Drizzle with Caramel Sauce:
  • Take your apple dumplings to the next level by drizzling them with warm caramel sauce before serving. The rich caramel flavor complements the sweet and tart apples and adds a decadent touch to the dessert.
  1. Enjoy Warm for Best Flavor:
  • Apple dumplings are best enjoyed warm, straight from the oven. The warm, tender apples and buttery crescent roll dough are at their peak flavor when served fresh. If reheating leftovers, make sure to warm them gently to avoid drying out the dumplings.

With these FAQs and tips, you’ll be well-equipped to make and enjoy Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings to perfection!