These old-fashioned apple dumplings are a comforting dessert that will remind you of something your grandmother would make. Although the dough is healthier, thanks to whole-wheat flour, the pastry still comes out flaky and tender like a traditional dough would. The apples are the perfect texture and melt in your mouth, and the cream-yogurt mixture is the element that completes this dessert. Be sure to buy smaller apples; a bag of snacking apples—like the ones you would buy for your kids—are the perfect size for this recipe.

Source:, September 2019


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25 mins
2 hrs 5 mins


Filling & Topping


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dough: Pulse flour, 2 tablespoons sugar and salt in a food processor until fully combined, 6 to 8 times. Add shortening; pulse until the mixture resembles small pea-size crumbles, 6 to 8 times. Add oil and ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until a loose dough forms, 6 to 8 times. Transfer to a dry work surface; shape into a 5-by-7-inch rectangle. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • To prepare filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together raisins, sugar, honey and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.

  • Unwrap the dough and cut into 6 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a 5- to 6-inch square. Place 1 apple in the center of each square. Fill the apple cores evenly with the raisin mixture. Working with 1 square at a time, pull the sides of the dough up and over the apple to wrap it completely; pinch the dough together at the top, brushing with water to seal. Press the dough gently against the apple to help adhere and, if needed, to repair any holes.

  • Brush the dumplings evenly with beaten egg. Arrange in an ungreased 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Bake until the pastry is golden and the apples are tender, 35 to 40 minutes.

  • Whisk cream vigorously by hand in a cold metal bowl until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. (Alternatively, beat with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form, 30 to 40 seconds.) Fold in yogurt. Serve the dumplings topped with a dollop of the whipped cream mixture.

Nutrition Facts

1 dumpling, about 2 tablespoons whipped cream mixture
325 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 47g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 31g; fat 13g; saturated fat 5g; calcium 48mg; potassium 176mg; sodium 259mg; added sugar 13g.