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Whole Apple Dumplings with Sweet & Sour Sauce

Categories: Dumplings

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These are the same apple dumplings you can find at festivals or your grandma's kitchen. Bite into a whole apple dumpling topped with a sweet and sour sauce. For an extra treat, emjoy it with a scoop of ice cream.


  • 6 apples (Cortland, Gala or Granny Smith would be a good choice)
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter or margarine
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
    • 1/3 c. vinegar
    • 2 c. water
    • 3 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Cornstarch
    • 1/3 c. butter or margarine
    • 1 c. granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • Apple Dumpling Dough
    • 2 c. all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 c. shortening
    • 2/3 c. milk plus additional for sealing dough


Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

To prepare apple dumpling dough: Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk; mix until soft dough is formed. Knead 4 strokes, roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 6 squares.

To prepare apples: Core and peel apples, placing one on each square. Combine sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle into center of each apple. Divide the Tbsp. of butter or margarine into 6 bits (1/2 tsp. each). Add 1/2 teaspoon butter or margarine into center of each apple. Moisten edges of dough with milk; press corners up over apples and brush with milk to seal.

Place into baking pan and bake at 350° F for 30 minutes or until dough is golden brown on top.

To prepare sauce: Heat water, vinegar and butter or margarine in a small saucepan. In a separate bowl, combine corn starch, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir dry ingredients into saucepan; simmer on low heat, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken, about 2 minutes.

Pour sauce over hot apple dumplings when they come out of the oven. Makes 6 whole apple dumplings.