Spiral Apple Dumplings


These are not your typical dumplings. They look like cinnamon rolls, but they're really a biscuitlike dough wrapped around an apple filling and baked in a brown sugar sauce.

overhead view of pan of spiral apple dumplings
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 2 ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 cup water

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup shortening

  • cup milk

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 cup shredded, peeled cooking apples (3 to 4 medium), such as Golden Delicious, Rome, Granny Smith, Jonathan, or Newton Pippin


  1. For sauce, in a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, butter, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-high. Boil gently, uncovered, 20 minutes or until syrupy and reduced to 2 cups, stirring occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13x9-inch pan; set aside. For dough, in a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pea-size. Make well in center. Add milk all at once. Stir just until moistened. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface 10 to 12 strokes or until nearly smooth. Roll out to 12x10-inch rectangle.

  3. For filling, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside. Sprinkle apples evenly over dough. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Roll dough into spiral, starting from a long side. Pinch seam to seal. Cut into twelve 1-inch-thick pieces. Place in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Pour sauce over dumplings. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden and syrup is bubbly. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

382 Calories
17g Fat
56g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 382
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Protein 3g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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