Apple Dumpling Balls
Do you ever get hungry for Apple Dumplings and you want them made in a hurry? That’s what happened to me so I used store bought pie crust and made individual Apple Dumpling Balls. I have no problem making a good pie crust but with the grandkids here and my husband working I just didn’t want any more mess or work. If you ever need to buy pie crust, Pillsbury boxed crusts are almost as good as if you made them yourself and they are so easy to work with!
What is an Apple Dumpling Ball? It is what I call apple slices, cinnamon, sugar and a pat of butter all inside pie crust and formed into a ball. Normal Apple Dumplings are made with whole apples that have been cored, peeled and left whole. I couldn’t find my apple corer so I decided to wrap apples that I peeled, sliced and then I formed into a ball and I baked them that way. It didn’t matter if apple pieces were sticking out or not completely covered by the dough. They definitely are worth making again!
In a small saucepan, make the syrup.
Combine water, 1 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp
butter and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
Stir to combine and bring to a boil
over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Once boiling, boil for 3 minutes then
remove from the heat and set aside.
In a small bowl combine the
remaining sugar and cinnamon.
Peel, slice and discard the core of the apples.
Lay one pie crust dough onto a cutting
board and cut it into four even pieces.
Repeat with the other crust.
Lay the apple slices on the
center of the pie dough.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar
mixture over the apples and
top with a thin pat of butter.
Using a pastry brush or your finger,
brush water along the outer edge of the dough.
Pull the dough over and around the apples
pinching the dough together where ever you can.
Form into a ball.
Don’t worry about how it looks or if all
the apples aren’t completely covered.
Place Apple Dumpling Balls into an
ungreased baking pan like a 13” x 9”.
Pour the syrup over the top of all of the balls.
Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 375 degree
oven for 45-55 minutes or until the tops are
getting brown. Using a large spoon scoop
out the apples and place into individual bowls.
Drizzle any leftover syrup over the top and enjoy!
Apple Dumpling Balls
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 4-6 small apples
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Pastry for double crust pie (9″)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat combine 1 cup sugar, water, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 3 Tbsp butter.
- Stir to combine and bring to a boil stirring frequently.
- Once boiling, boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
- Peel, slice and discard the core of the apples.
- Lay one pie crust on a cutting board and cut it into 4 even pieces. Repeat with the other pie crust.
- Place the apple slices onto the center of each piece of dough.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples.
- Top with a thin pat of butter.
- Using a pastry brush or your finger, wet the edge of each piece of dough.
- Pull the dough around and over the apple slices pinching the wet edges together. Form into a ball, don’t worry about how it looks or even if the apples are completely covered with the dough.
- Place the apples onto an ungreased baking dish such as a 13″ x 9″ pan.
- pour the syrup over the top of each apple ball.
- Bake, uncovered, for 45-55 minutes or until the tops are starting to brown.
- Use a large spoon and remove each apple to a serving bowl. Drizzle the syrup over top of the Apple Dumpling Balls and serve.
That looks absolutely delicious!
Thank you Valerie tasted just like hot apple pie!
Woww 😍 I have pilsburys pancake mix might try it today. Already I fused vanilla stick in milk. You are inspiring 🙂
You made my day! I love when people say I inspired them to make something! Enjoy!
I did make pancakes today. Posted about that too. Your posts always inspire me. Simple and appetizing 🙂
Thanks I will check them out!
Yummy. I haven’t made those in years. You just made me hungry for one. Thanks for posting your recipe.
Diane these sound delicious. I might add a scoop of ice cream. You know what they say, “If you’re gonna blow your diet then really blow your diet”, lol. This is definitely a “I haven’t had a cheat day in months” treat.
I was eating it hot from the oven I wanted vanilla ice cream on it too! All I had was chocolate chip that the grandkids eat and it just didn’t sound good with chocolate chips…lol
Awesome dessert. Keep sharing. Due to increasing Plus Rate & Blood Pressure my mom was admitted to hospital yesterday but today discharge from hospital & currently taking rest with us on home.
OMG I am so sorry to hear that! That care of that special lady! Tell her I said get well soon!
looks delicious and easy
Thanks so much!
Thanks Pam like eating apple pie!
Yum, these look great!
I usually try her work in my kitchen
Yummylicious! These look great!❤
Thanks it’s a nice fall recipe!
Mmm. Perfect autumn recipe! <3
Thanks it sure was good!
What a great way to make a quick and relatively easy rendition of apple pie. I have a couple of ready made shells in the freezer. Thanks for sharing Diane.
You’re welcome. I refrigerated and covered the individual ones and they are great even 2 days later!
That’s good to know. Thanks
Omg … thats me tomorrow! I’ve been craving these bad boys for ages and this looks like its in my ability range 😉 Thankyou x
Wonderful! You can’t mess them up. Just work the dough around the apple slices the best you can. It doesn’t matter I’d apple it sticking out or not. They tasted amazing!
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Thank you Javy Dreamer!
A very good idea too – bises et amitiés 🙂
Perfect for the season when apples are the most plentiful.
wonderful love it!
Tasted just like apple pie!
What a wonderful alternative to apple pie, Diane. I hope to try this soon!
Thank you it did turn out just like apple pie!
Oh my goshhhhhh 🙁 that looks so unbelievably gorgeous! <3 I'll top it off with some whip cream!!! Ahhh! D why are you so good in cooking things I never get to eat? Lolol
Awwwww you are so sweet! Thank you Tammy!
Lolol most welcome dear 🙂
My god! It seems like I have missed thousands of recipes all the time I have inactive!
Amazing recipe by the way! I am so making this. My family loves your recipes and I have learned a lot about cooking!
I was wondering where you have been! Welcome back and thank you for always being so kind.
Thank you! 🙂
For the first time I tried something so unique😘
Way to go! Now you are ready for more!
As usual, you’re making me hungry. These look delicious. I’m wondering if people like me who can’t have sugar could do a version of it sweetened with Truvia …?
Absolutely it should work. Just sweeten to your taste and enjoy! ❤️
This looks wonderful! The store-bought pie crusts sold me on the recipe – I am pie crust challenged. Gave up on trying to make them years ago because they never turned out. Thank you for another great recipe!
Thank you! The store bought pie crusts and especially the puff pastry has improved so much over the years. ❤️
Boy, that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you and you’re welcome ❤️