If you’re looking for something quintessentially fall in aroma and flavor, look no further than these Caramel Apple Dumplings! Apple dumplings have a long history and have been mentioned in print since the 17th century. They were quite popular with early American colonists because apples grow so well in this country. Apple dumplings even have their own unofficial food holiday; National Apple Dumpling Day is “celebrated” in the United States on September 17th.
Traditionally, apples are cored and filled with a mixture of sugar, butter, spices, and often raisins or other dried fruit. This twist on the classic apple dumpling puts soft caramel candies in the hollowed out core for an ooey, gooey center. An inside-out caramel apple!
Caramel Apple Dumplings
- 1 premade pie crust for an 8- or 9-inch pie (or make your own)
- 4 small Granny Smith apples (or the apple variety of your choice)
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 8-12 soft caramel candies
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray an 8- or 9-inch baking dish (or pie plate) with cooking spray.
- Peel and the core the apples.
- Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the cinnamon-sugar mixture onto the apples.
- Roll out the pie crust into a 14-inch square. Slice it into 4 squares.
- Place a cored apple on top of each square and fill the center with 2-3 caramel candies.
- Wrap each apple with its pie crust square by bringing the opposite corners up over the apple and pinching them together. Seal together all of the pie crust edges, moistening them with water if needed.
- If you have extra pie crust dough, you can cut out decorative shapes (like leaves) with cookie cutters or a knife and place them on top of the dumplings.
- Whisk the egg with 1 Tbsp of water and brush over the dumplings.
- Place the dumplings in your prepared baking dish. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon-sugar mix over the dumplings.
- Loosely cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown.
- Let cool in baking dish for 10 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla or dulce de leche ice cream.
More apple recipes for fall from Blissfully Domestic:
- Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Grandma’s Harvest Apple Pie
- Slow Cooker Apple Butter
- Apple Un-Pie
- Chocolate Caramel Apples
- Sour Cream Apple Pie
- Apple Peach Oatmeal Crunch