Shortcut Apple Dumplings Recipe: A Secret Ingredient Makes It Extra Delish by Kimberly Johnson

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Shortcut Apple Dumplings Recipe: A Secret Ingredient Makes It Extra Delish

No matter the time of year, apple dumplings is a perfect dessert. But making apple dumplings can sometimes seem like too big of a project. Not with this recipe!

This apple dumpling recipe is so simple and so delicious! With only six ingredients and minimal prep, it's a sweet snack you can make anytime. And, there's a secret ingredient that makes this shortcut apple dumplings recipe extra delicious. What's the secret ingredient? Citrus soda! It makes this apple dessert recipe irresistible. My family loves them.

This easy apple dumplings recipe requires just a few simple ingredients. Here is your shopping list: apples, refrigerated crescent roll dough, butter, sugar, cinnamon and citrus soda (the secret ingredient)!

Serve these amazing apple dumplings for dessert or as a snack anytime of day. To make it extra special, scoop some vanilla ice cream on top. Get ready for the recipe requests!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 to 55 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into eight wedges each
  • 20 ounces (2 cans) refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 ounces citrus soda (I used Mountain Dew)

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Recipe Notes

  • This recipe can easily doubled for larger events.
  • I used Mountain Dew soda but you also could try 7-Up, Sprite or other citrus soda.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here’s how you make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  2. Separate crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll one apple wedge into one dough triangle, pinch to seal and place in prepared baking dish.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in cinnamon and sugar. Pour over apple dumplings.
  4. Pour Mountain Dew over the dumplings.
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. Serve warm with a side of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 412

Total Fat: 21.7g

Saturated Fat: 11.2g

Cholesterol: 30mg

Sodium: 234mg

Total Carbohydrate: 53.5g

Dietary Fiber: 0.2g

Total Sugars: 43.7g

Protein: 3g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 17mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 22mg

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Donna John
Yum! My daughter, Katie Smith , has made these before using 7-Up. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kimberly Johnson !
Kimberly Johnson
I love how easy these are - and everyone always assumes a lot of work went into them because they're so yummy!
Tiffany Zook
I love shortcuts ! Keep them coming.
I’ve had Kim’s Apple dumplings and they are DELICIOUS!!!
Are there any current information about this recipe any current comments being made on what kind of apples to be used or brown sugar or terminangal sugar or cinnamon and different spices
Kimberly Johnson
Rosseyes , I’ve been making this recipe for years as the recipe calls for above. No adjustments needed. Still prefer Granny Smith, though we have used other apples on occasion.
I'm wondering if there's any other ingredients that are key to this recipe and any others you're coming up with recently I'd appreciate it
Elisa Schmitz
Absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing the yum, Kimberly Johnson !

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