Skip the apple pie and try these warm Apple Dumplings that are super simple to make and are good!
This post is sponsored by Crunch Time Apple Growers – SnapDragon
Apple Dumplings. Isn’t that name so cute? Every time I hear the name Apple Dumplings it reminds me of the Strawberry Shortcake dolls I played with circa 1980. It’s funny now to see my daughter play with those dolls. A lot of toys came back from when I was young. Cabbage Patch Kids and now I even see Care Bears. There must be someone from my generation working with the toy companies wanting to bring all these toys back again so parents like me want to buy them all and relive our childhood. It’s so nostalgic and great marketing on those toy companies!
Apple Dumplings are so good and one of those easy desserts that I don’t make as often as I should. Every time I make these I think to myself why don’t I make these more? They are super simple and look so pretty. It’s literally like apple pie, but even better.
I love living so close to apple orchards. I get bushels and bushels of apples each season. SnapDragon apples are super sweet and juicy and have a great texture, very similar to a Honeycrisp which is the parent variety of SnapDragon. My kids love the names of these apples and they especially love them to snack on. I pack these in their lunch everyday. Even Mr. Mother Thyme can’t get enough of these juicy and refreshing apples!
About SnapDragon Apples
Grown in New York, SnapDragon apples were developed by Cornell University in partnership with the Crunch Time Apple Growers. They contain antioxidant components that help with not only heart-health, but with also delivering oxygen to the lungs during endurance exercise so they make a great post-workout snack! With their bright color, snappy texture and bursting flavor, SnapDragon is a crowd-please and a favorite among kids!
Where To Find SnapDragon Apples
SnapDragon apples are available at select retailers around the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. You can check out Crunch Time Apple Growers’ Where To Buy page on their website for a full list of stores. You definitely want to try these juicy apples, they are so good!
Not only are SnapDragon apples great for snacking but they are perfect in so many recipes like these Apple Dumplings which really brings out their sweetness as they slowly bake. You want to baste these with the syrup about every 15 minutes. Trust me, it’s worth it! And wait to you smell these baking in the kitchen. I wish I could bottle that aroma up. It’s the best! Using store bought pie crust is a time saver and makes this a great recipe to make anytime. I love to serve these warm with some of the syrup over top but you could definitely add a scoop of vanilla ice cream too.
- 1 box 15 ounce refrigerated pie crust
- 4 SnapDragon apples peeled and cored
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter cut into 4 cubes
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
Allow pie crust to sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a 11x7 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon.
Unroll pie crusts in half.
Place each apple on top of dough. Place a piece of butter in the core of each apple. Divide cinnamon sugar mixture and generously sprinkle the inside of each apple with cinnamon sugar mixture and a dusting on the outside.
Fold dough around apples pinching the seams to seal the dough close.
Place in prepared baking dish.
Bring brown sugar and water to a low boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour over apples in baking dish.
Bake for about 50 minutes basting occasionally until golden brown.
Disclosure: I received compensation from Crunch Time Apple Growers for recipe development and this post. All opinions are my own.