In this apple dumpling dessert recipe, apples are sprinkled with raisins, brown sugar and spice then wrapped in lightly buttered phyllo dough before being baked into a gorgeous parcel. For the sauce, apple cider is reduced to create a sensational accompaniment for these crispy apple dumplings.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013


Recipe Summary

1 hr 45 mins

Nutrition Profile:



Cider Sauce
Apple Dumplings


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare sauce: Bring cider (or juice) to a boil in a large saucepan. Boil, watching carefully and stirring occasionally to keep bubbles down, until reduced to about 2 cups, 30 to 40 minutes. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth; whisk the cornstarch mixture into the boiling syrup. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking frequently, until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes more. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

  • To prepare dumplings: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Combine raisins, brown sugar and apple pie spice in a medium bowl. Peel, halve and core apples. Place cut-side up on a clean work surface; spoon a little of the raisin mixture into the center of each apple half. Sprinkle any remaining sugar mix over the apples.

  • Combine butter and oil in a small bowl; set aside 2 tablespoons in another small bowl. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a third small bowl. Unroll phyllo sheets onto a clean, dry surface, keeping them in a stack. Cover with a piece of wax paper and then a barely damp kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out.

  • Lay out one sheet of phyllo on a clean, dry surface. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the sheet with butter mixture from the first bowl, then lightly sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Repeat, layering on 3 more sheets of phyllo; coat and sprinkle the top sheet too. Cut the phyllo stack in half crosswise. Place a stuffed apple half in the middle of each stack. Gather the sides of the phyllo together, pinching the corners, to enclose the apple. Transfer the dumplings to a large rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining phyllo and apples to make 12 dumplings al together. Brush them with the reserved 2 tablespoons of butter mixture.

  • Bake the dumplings until the phyllo is golden brown and crisp, 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes. Reheat the sauce, if desired. Serve the dumplings with the sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare sauce (Step 1) and assemble dumplings (Steps 3-5). Cover and refrigerate separately for up to 1 day; bake the dumplings and reheat the sauce before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 dumpling & 2 Tbsp. sauce
372 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 67.1g; dietary fiber 3.8g; sugars 40g; fat 11g; saturated fat 3.4g; cholesterol 10.2mg; vitamin a iu 175.6IU; vitamin c 7.3mg; folate 55.5mcg; calcium 24.2mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 13.7mg; potassium 189.9mg; sodium 186.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 6g.

1 starch, 2 1/2 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat