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National Apple Dumpling Day Ingredients

It's Apple Dumpling Day

September 17th is Apple Dumpling Day and here is a recipe for 2 delicious apple dumplings with a warm caramel sauce. These apple dumplings have a perfect balance between the softness of the apples, the light flakiness of the crust, and the sweetness of the sauce.

Apple Dumplings with Caramel Sauce Recipe

Adapted from Taste of Home

Serves: 2

Ingredients for dumplings:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and cored
  • 4 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp. butter

Ingredients for caramel sauce:

  • 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • Dash salt


In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; cut in the cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball; divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

On a well-floured surface, roll each portion of dough into an 8 inch square. Cut apples in half horizontally; place an apple bottom on each square. Place brown sugar and cinnamon in the core of each bottom; dot each with 2 teaspoons butter. Replace apple tops.

Gently bring up corners of pastry to center; pinch edges to seal. Place in a greased 8-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine flour and water until smooth. Add the sugars, butter and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until smooth and blended. Pour over dumplings.

Bake 35-40 minutes longer or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown. Serve warm.