How-To: Thanksgiving Apple Dumplings

As much as I love Christmas, Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite days of the year. There’s nothing better than being surrounded by good food and good people, while reflecting on all we have to be grateful for. I never used to cook for the holiday, but for the past couple years I’ve made something, usually a desert. I’m still not sure what I’ll make this year, but this recipe for apple dumplings might just be it! I came across these beauties while thumbing through Ree Drummond’s (aka: The Pioneer Woman’s) cookbook. This desert is super simple and super delish!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 2 apples (I used Fuji)
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1 15 oz can of Mountain Dew (I know, I thought it was crazy when I first heard it, but it really makes the dish taste so good!)


Step 1: Wash and peel your apples. Using an apple cutter, cut apples down the middle. You should have 8 slices per apple. At this time, I also buttered my baking dish and set it aside for later and pre-heated my oven to 350 degrees.


Step 2: In a saucepan, melt 2 sticks of butter.


Step 3: After the butter has melted, stir in 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir continuously, but don’t allow sugar to dissolve completely. You want the mixture to be a little grainy.


Step 4: Add 1 tsp of vanilla.


Step 5: Take crescent rolls out of the can (this part ALWAYS scares the heck out of me, LOL!) and wrap each triangle around each apple slice. Place each one in the buttered baking dish. Pour butter, sugar, and vanilla mix evenly over the top.


Step 6: Pour 15 oz can of Mountain Dew evenly on top of rolls. It’s okay if it looks like the pan is getting full, mine did too, but I promise, it won’t spill over during baking.


Step 7: Sprinkle as much cinnamon on top as you wish.


Step 8: After 30 minutes of baking, check your dumplings. If they still aren’t golden brown on top, keep checking until they are. I had to bake mine for about 40 minutes. After this, remove them from the oven and let cool slightly, these are meant to be eaten warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!


Are you cooking for Thanksgiving this year? What are you going to be making?? I’d LOVE to know!


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