These Easy Apple Dumplings are soft and gooey on the bottom, but crispy on top, and they taste like apple pie. So easy and ridiculously good. Plus the house smells amazing while they bake!
These are also crazy delish with peaches! Our easy peach dumplings can be made with fresh or canned peaches.
Easy Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings Recipe
I’ve made these easy Apple Dumplings for breakfast three weekends in a row! I think they’re more of a dessert, though…topped with some vanilla ice cream. Omg.
Fresh apples wrapped in crescent roll dough, drizzled with a caramel-like sauce, and baked until the fruit is tender. They’re soft and gooey on the bottom, but crispy on top, and the taste is very similar to apple pie. So easy to make, but taste like you labored all day over them.
You only need a few simple ingredients to make these apple dumplings, and they’re likely already in your pantry.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Apples – Any kind of apple works here. Use your favorite!
- Pillsbury crescent roll dough – You’ll need 1 tube of perforated crescent roll dough, the triangles separated.
- Sugars – Both brown sugar and white sugar for sweetness and molasses flavor.
- Cinnamon – For a wonderful warm flavor and aromatics.
- Unsalted butter – Melted and mixed with the sugars and cinnamon to create the sauce the dumpling bake in.
- Soda – Sprite, 7up, Mountain Dew, or Fresca all work. Sugar free is fine. See note below.
- Vanilla ice cream (optional for serving) – Ice cream is not needed to make these, but it sure is a delicious addition!
Why the soda?
The soda adds necessary carbonation – do not eliminate it, or these will not turn out right. By pouring it around the edges of the pan, it creates moisture to cook the dumplings and an amazing crust on the crescent rolls while baking. It also boils down and contributes to the gooey sauce that will make your heart skip a beat.
How to Make Apple Dumplings
It’s so incredibly easy to make these crescent roll dumplings! Here’s a brief summary:
(Scroll down to the printable recipe card for details and measurements, and don’t miss the video below.)
- Prep the apples. Peel and cut the apples into wedges. Pat dry.
- Prep the dough. Separate the crescent dough into triangles.
- Form the dumplings. Roll up the apple in a dough triangle, wrapping to enclose it, and pinch to seal. Transfer to a square baking dish coating with cooking spray in a single layer.
- Make the sauce. Combine melted butter, both sugars, and cinnamon together, then drizzle over the top of the dough.
- Pour in the soda. Pour the soda to the sides of the dumplings (not on top.)
- Bake. Bake at 350F until golden brown and apples are tender, about 40 minutes.
Video: Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings
Need to feed a lot more people?
These are best eaten right away, otherwise the dough gets very soggy, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight contained in the fridge for up to 3 days. Gently rewarm in the microwave, although the dough will not be crispy.
More Apple Recipes:
- Homemade Apple Pie Filling
- Slow Cooker Apple Butter
- Caramel Apple Nachos
- Apple Pie Bars
- Baked Apples
- Apple Cobbler
Easy Apple Dumplings
- 2 small apples , peeled, cored, and patted dry
- 8 ounce tube refrigerated Pillsbury crescent roll dough
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup 7up soda (see note below)
- vanilla ice cream , for serving, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 8×8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut each apple into 4 wedges.
- Separate the crescent dough into 8 triangles.
- Place an apple wedge near the small end of the dough triangle, then roll up. Pinch the ends to seal. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Add in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon; stir until combined and smooth.
- Drizzle butter mixture over the dough.
- Pour the 7up to the sides of the dumplings (not on top) so a nice crust is formed while baking.
- Bake until golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes.
- Serve for breakfast or make it a dessert with some vanilla ice cream!