Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Dumplings Recipe

by Susan Myers on August 1, 2013

My mother comes from a long line of Pennsylvania Dutch cooks, and she has offered to share some of her recipes that have been handed down over generations.  This week, she is going to show us how to make Apple Dumplings from scratch!

pennsylvania dutch apple dumplings recipe

Pennsylvania Dutch refers to immigrants and their descendants from southwestern Germany and Switzerland who settled in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries. My grandmother spoke the dialect of German known as Pennsylvania Dutch or Pennsylvania German. At one time, over a third of Pennsylvania’s population spoke this language.  

Many of her recipes have been passed down to my mom, and fortunately for us, my mother has offered to share!  So this is the first recipe in a series that I will be bringing to you over the next few months!

pennsylvania dutch apple dumplings recipe

Eb’l Dumpling (Apple Dumpling)

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For this recipe, you will need:

2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup cold milk
6 medium sized apples
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon


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Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.  To create the dough, she used a food processor, but you can always do this with a mixer.  Add in the butter  and milk and mix well.

pennsylvania dutch apple dumplings recipe

 This creates a nice dough.

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Separate the dough into two equal portions, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

pennsylvania dutch apple dumplings recipe

 Peel and core the apples and place them in a bowl of cool water with a few drops of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

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Once the dough has chilled.  Roll one section out with a rolling pin and use a knife to divide it into four sections.  Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a separate small bowl.  Pile sliced apples into the center of one of the sections, sprinkle well with about a teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar mix, and then fold the dough up and over the apple pieces, moisten the edges and pinch at the top to seal.

pennsylvania dutch apple dumplings recipe

Place them on a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle again with the cinnamon sugar mix.  Place in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 35 minutes until golden brown.

pennsylvania dutch apple dumplings recipe

Serve warm with a bit of vanilla ice cream.  Or just plain is pretty awesome too!   Makes a great summer dessert!

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1 Lynda August 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

Ok, now I’m hungry! he he, I got to sample these dumplings and they were sooo yummy!!!! I love your idea of doing blogs about Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. I can’t wait for the next one!!!


2 norene August 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

Great blog! I do have my Mother’s own special recipe for Shoo Fly Pie.


3 deb August 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Sweety for some reason you are not updating on my blogroll……didn’t we go thru this before?? LOL! Anyway it finally hit me that i hadn’t read your blog in a while so i popped over to see if you were taking a Bloggy Break or something and i find this post! I too am from PA and the one thing i miss most of all is ‘Shoo Fly Pie’. OMGOsh is it ever so good. I hope your mom has that recipe and is willing to share. :) Hugs! deb


4 Susan Myers August 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Hi Deb!

I keep falling off your blogroll! You should sign up for the email subscription. As far as I know, nobody has problems with that.

So you are from PA? Awesome! My whole family is from there. We are all in Georgia now, but my grandmother never left the state. And yes, mom has a great shoo fly pie recipe that she will be sharing soon. She makes it every year at thanksgiving. Enough pies so that each of us can take one home with us. :)

So stay tuned!


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