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Apple Dumplings in Maple Caramel Syrup

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These easy, autumnal old fashioned Apple Dumplings in Maple Caramel Syrup wrap tender apples in flaky pastry before serving them with a sweet maple caramel syrup seasoned with cinnamon. They’re the ultimate seasonal dessert served with a drizzle of cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Apple Dumplings with Maple Caramel Sauce close up in a white baking dish.

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Apple Dumplings in Maple Caramel Syrup are a rite of fall passage in our house. Tender apples, wrapped in flaky pastry; sweet with maple, warmed with cinnamon… and mouth-wateringly delicious. Simply put, every… single… bite is like tasting autumnal splendor in every spoonful.

Um, especially when you add vanilla ice cream. Happy sigh.

Obviously… we adore these.

It’s apple season… and time for fall comfort food.

Apples on a kitchen counter.

These Apple Dumplings have served countless dinner guests, made the rounds to the neighbors, been seen on almost every Halloween night dessert table (yes, we have those on Halloween), and even Thanksgiving, an odd Friday night, or a Sunday special treat.

They’re just so, so good.

White baking dish of apple dumplings topped with pastry leaves.

And the best part?

They are really quite easy.

Apple dumpling in maple syrup served in a bowl.

Making the Apple Dumpling Pastry

Yes, you can most definitely make your own pie crusts. You will need two 9-inch pastry crusts. However, in recent years, I more often than not use ready-made, store-bought pie crusts. One box, 2 crusts… ready to go. It’s just easier. And I like to serve them a lot. So will you!

Which apples should I use?

Living in the apple capital of the world, Washington State, we have access to an incredible array of apple varieties and sizes. These dumplings are best when made with small baking apples. Almost lunchbox size.

I used Gala apples that fit nicely in the palm of my hand.

The recipe calls for 6 apples, but the pastry will make 8 wedges. I like to use the remaining two wedges for embellishments using these pastry leaf stamps from Amazon (affiliate link). But you could also use the excess wedges and make two more apple dumplings instead. Simply increase the size of your baking pan.

Helpful Baking Tools

The following are tools I use regularly in my fall baking, especially when making these Apple Dumplings.

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Pastry Leaf Stamps
Silicone Pastry Mat 
Classic Wood Dough Rolling Pin

Apple dumpling in a bowl.

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Apple Dumplings with Maple Caramel Syrup

Apple Dumplings with Maple Caramel Syrup are a rite of fall passage in our house. Tender apples, wrapped in flaky pastry; sweet with maple, warmed with cinnamon… and mouth-wateringly delicious. Simply put, every… single… bite is like tasting autumnal splendor in every spoonful.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 Dumplings
Author: Stephanie Wilson


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 6 small apples peeled and cored
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
  • 2 ready made pie crusts


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and coat a medium baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

For the Maple Caramel Sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Set aside.

For the Dumplings:

  • Ready-made, store-bought pie crusts are usually between 9 and 10 inches. Unwrap the dough and roll to a 12-inch diameter; cut into 4 equal wedges per pastry.
  • Place 1 cored and peeled apple on a wedge top side down; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon sugar. Fold the pastry around the apple. As your hand warms the pastry, it’s easy to mold it and stretch it into place. Be sure to eliminate any holes that develop.
  • Place Apple Dumplings, pastry edges down, in the prepared baking pan. Repeat until all 6 dumplings are finished.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the Maple Caramel Syrup and pour the remaining over the dumplings. Bake in the preheated oven about 45 minutes or until the fruit is tender and the pastry is golden brown. To serve, spoon reserved syrup over the dumplings and if desired, serve with vanilla ice cream!


Leftover pastry: I like to use the leftover 2 wedges of pastry to make pretty shapes to embellish the dumplings. But you could also make another two Apple Dumplings if you prefer. Adding an egg wash (1 egg and 1 tablespoon milk) to the pastry embellishments make for a beautiful dumpling!


Potassium: 216mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple dumplings, apple recipes, fall, fall baking, fall desserts

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