Amish Apple Dumplings

I may not live in Central Pennsylvania anymore, in my hometown Amish and Mennonite community, but I have carried those recipes with me to ENC and can’t wait to share some with you! I always miss that area and my family the most during fall, when there are cool temperatures and beautiful leaf colors. Somehow, September-November just doesn’t feel the same here in ENC, where you can still wear shorts and you’re waiting for temperatures to dip below the 70s.

Amish Apple Dumplings are a personal favorite – baked apples wrapped in a sweet cinnamon dough and served best straight from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is the perfect fall recipe, and an easy dessert to serve at your Thanksgiving table – or anytime you’re looking for a cozy treat to enjoy with loved ones.

Don’t forget to peel your apples, like I did. Peeling the skin off ensures the dough will remain sealed around it after baking and will help the cooking process.

Several years ago when I was feeling sentimental about recipes I enjoyed growing up, I found this one by Tastes of Lizzy T and have used it ever since! These apple dumplings are one of those desserts that seem like they should be more complicated than they are, so anyone can make it.

Whisk your dry ingredients together and mix in the softened butter and milk to create your dough. This recipe can make enough dough to cover six smaller apples, but I only did four mid-to-large size dumplings for the sake of this post. Core and peel your apples, preferably Granny Smiths or a similar variety, and wrap each one in dough before placing in a greased pan. Just don’t forget to peel the apples after you core them – If you’re too immersed in your Spotify playlist, you may forget this important step… or so I’ve heard.

On the stove, mix together brown sugar, water, butter and cinnamon until it thickens and creates a syrup. Not only will this make your kitchen smell wonderful, but it is crucial to this dessert. Pour it over your apple dumplings and into the bottom of your pan, then bake 30-40 minutes. Because the bulk of the time is spent in the oven, you could easily assign this dessert to a family member or friend about 15-20 minutes before sitting down to your Thanksgiving meal and then enjoy them fresh out of the oven after you’ve had your turkey and sides.

Stay tuned for other desserts to enjoy in November that can replace the standard pumpkin and pecan pies!

  1. Anna!!! So happy to come across this blog! Looking forward to trying out one of your amazing treats. I hope…

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Hi, I'm Anna! A few things to know about me: I'm a big fan of reading, writing, baking and eating desserts. Sweet On Smith started out in 2017 as a way to bake for others, while raising money to help various hurricane relief efforts, and area nonprofits. While that aspect is currently on pause, I wanted a space to share my good reads and sweet treat recommendations with you.

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