Grandma's Apple Dumpling

Grandma's Apple Dumplings: A Taste of Tradition

Grandma's apple dumplings represent the epitome of life's simple pleasures—warm, flaky, and brimming with the sweetness of apples. Beyond being a dessert, this recipe is a vessel for fond memories and the continuation of a cherished family tradition. While patience is key in the process, the reward is a comforting and heartwarming treat that transcends generations.


  • 2 Granny Smith apples (selected for their firmness and slight tartness)
  • 1 lemon (for preventing browning and adding a light tang)
  • 1 cup sugar (used in the sauce and as a topping)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (enhances the sauce with creaminess)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (adds depth to the sweet sauce)
  • 8 buttermilk biscuits from a can (convenient and yields a soft, crispy crust)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (complements the apples with sweetness and spice)

Grandma's Apple Dumpling


  1. Setting Up:
    • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    • Peel, core, and cut each Granny Smith apple into eight slices. Dip the slices in lemon water to prevent browning.
  2. Sauce Preparation:
    • In a medium-sized pot, combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and 1 cup of water.
    • Mix the ingredients over medium-low heat until they come to a boil.
  3. Wrapping the Apples:
    • Split the biscuits in half and overlap the dough to seal at the bottom of each apple slice.
    • Wrap each apple slice in a biscuit and place them in a casserole dish with the seals facing down.
  4. Adding the Sauce:
    • Pour the hot sugar mixture over the wrapped apples in the dish.
  5. Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
    • Mix the remaining sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle it over the dumplings.
  6. Baking:
    • Preheat the oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the dumplings achieve a golden-brown hue.
  7. Serving:
    • For an extra indulgence, serve the warm dumplings with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
    • Each bite transports you back to Grandma's kitchen with its delightful combination of sour apples, sweet sticky sauce, and spiced sugar crust.

This dessert is more than a recipe; it is a generational link, a homage to simplicity, and a celebration of family heritage. Beyond the delectable taste of these apple dumplings, you are sharing a history of love and warmth. Cheers to Grandma's wisdom: a few simple things can truly create something magical.

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