Easy Apple Dumplings – Save Room for Dessert

If it’s Monday, it must be time for dessert! And I’m here to share some with you!

So. You wanna know how to make the easiest, most incredible apple dumplings you’ll ever make in your whole life?

Well I’ll tell you!

This is a recipe I found on Pioneer Woman’s website and let me tell you, the person who came up with this recipe was a genius. It is the most incredible concoction you can imagine! My brother equated it with crack. I guess that’s a good thing.

Let’s get started!

Peel 2 Granny Smith apples and cut them into eighths. Wrap each apple segment in a triangle of crescent roll dough and line up in a 9×13 pan.

Please don’t count the number of dumplings above.

Okay, I know you counted because I told you not to. We had a problem – namely, the first time we made this, Yours Truly bought 6-to-a-can crescents so we cut pieces off of a few rolls and tried our best to make it work out. We still only ended up with 14. Oh well.

Melt two sticks of butter in a saucepan and mix in 1 1/2 cups of sugar. It doesn’t need to be dissolved at all, just mixed in. Along with that, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and a shake or two of cinnamon, if you’re so inclined.

Pour this butter mixture over the pan of dumplings, making sure to cover every dumpling with at least some butter and sugar. Mmmm! Then, against all logic…pour in a 12 oz can of Mountain Dew. Yes. Mountain Dew. Don’t ask me what this adds to the recipe. Just believe that it DOES add something.

Place your pan in a 350 degree oven and bake for 40 minutes.

This was a double batch I made another time.
Because 16 reeeeeally wasn’t enough.
These are just the most amazing, unbelievable things I’ve ever eaten. And in case you couldn’t figure it out on your own, let me tell you: They go great with vanilla ice cream. Perhaps with some of the buttery sauce drizzled (poured?) on top.


Would you make this with apples? Or would you use another fruit? I think I’ll try peaches some time.

Apple Dumplings a la Pioneer Woman

2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and cut into eighths
2 cans crescent rolls (8 rolls each)
2 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz can Mountain Dew soda
Cinnamon (optional)

Roll each apple segment in a section of crescent roll dough. Line these up in two rows in a greased 9×13 pan.

Melt 2 sticks of butter and mix in 1 1/2 cups of sugar – do not dissolve sugar, just stir to mix. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a shake or two of cinnamon (if you prefer – this can be left out). Pour butter mixture over dumplings, being careful to spread over all. Pour 1 12 oz can of Moutain Dew around outer edges of dumplings and between the two rows.

Place pan in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 40 minutes.

Be sure to serve with sauce. Enjoy!


They are pretty outrageous, and in fact I’ve wondered as I scrape little bits of “crust” from the pan just how one would make a butter cake out of crescents – because it really did taste like butter cake. Deathly, I tell you.

Sandy – apple pie in a jar? We need to discuss!


Oh yes, these are the best. I actually make my own Apple Pie in a Jar – and it’s great with Crescent Rolls. Who doesn’t love those rolls in a can!? So yummy.

Fun post!


That chocolate cake HAS got me curious. Now that you’ve recommended it, I’ll have to give it a shot! 😉 I’m sure Rob’s heart will NOT be broken!

Bumpkin on a Swing

One of my favorite P-Dub recipes, the can of mountain dew, always leaves my tasters in awe. I also did this with fresh peaches, and it was fabulous. Listen, have you ever made her chocolate cake. Talk about a rush to your tastebuds, and a great way to make your man smile. Do it, and lick the spoon.