These dumplings are great by themselves or served with vanilla ice cream. You can decorate each dumpling by cutting leaves and/or stems from any leftover dough.
Apple Dumplings with Sauce
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup shortening
- 1/3 cup Ryan's Apple Cider
- 8 medium tart apples, peeled and cored
- 8 tsp butter
- 9 tsp cinnamon sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup Ryan's Apple Cider, any variety
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add apple cider, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide into eight equal portions. Cover and refrigerate until easy to work with, at least 30 minutes.
- Roll each portion of dough into a 7-inch square between two lightly floured sheets of waxed paper. Place an apple on each dough square; in the center of each apple place 1 tsp butter and 1 tsp cinnamon-sugar.
- Gently pull up corners of dough to each apple center; pinch edges to seal. If desired, cut out apple leaves & stems from dough scraps and attach to dumplings with a little water. Place dumplings in a greased 13x9-inch baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until apples are tender and dough is golden brown. Baste occasionally with sauce. Serve warm.
- In a 2-quart saucepan on medium heat, combine sauce ingredients and heat to boiling, stirring until blended. Remove from heat; baste dumplings occasionally while baking and use the remaining sauce to pour over the finished dumplings.
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