Pioneer Woman Apple Dumplings

"It is so easy, it's illegal. ONLY 7 ingredients. ONLY 2 apples! If you want a lovely pictorial lesson in preparing these evil treats, then leave right now and go to her website. The woman is not only a wonderful cook, but an excellent photographer!"
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  • Peel and core apples.
  • Cut apples into 8 slices each.
  • Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll.
  • Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan.
  • Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir.
  • Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples.
  • Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.
  • Then go to confession. Quickly.

Questions & Replies

  1. How about using Ginger Ale instead of Mountain Dew?
  2. Could these be made the day before and refrigerated over night?


  1. Cut the sugar to 1 cup and used diet cream soda - absolutely fabulous with vanilla ice cream and they couldn't be easier. Made them a second time with my 10-year old niece and it's now "her" dish for family get-togethers :)
  2. Delicious! I made them way healthier by using lowfat crescent rolls and cutting the amount of butter AND sugar in half -- didn't miss the extra! Was super yummy even without ice cream. My almost 2 yr old loved it! Thanks!
  3. Absolutely delicious! I will definitely serve again. I have made apple dumpling before, but my recipe uses orange juice and my family has loved it. This recipe is now the one I will be using. Excellent!
  4. Made the apple dumplings as a test and they turned out so great that a made a batch to take to a brunch and everyone loved it. I used whipped cream and they were great. My grandson loved them.
  5. I made this this past Saturday to serve at Easter Sunday dinner. The dumplings were delicious and a hit. BUT the 12 ounces of soda is just too much and in doing some research I see that the Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) has changed the quantity of soda to 2/3 of a 12 ounce can OR 1 of the smaller cans. Due to the full can of soda the dish came out of the oven with too much liquid in it and I was concerned. Even though there was still a lot of liquid after the dish was re-heated for serving, the flavor and texture of the dumplings was so delicious. I can't wait to have occasion to make them again and see how they come out using the lower amount of soda.


  1. I made this today with fresh peaches 1/2 c. Light brown sugar, 1/2 c. White sugar, and 1/2 c. Stevia. I seasoned with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is a delicious twist!!!
    • Review photo by Tamara D.
  2. Only use 2/3's if the can of soda. Whole soda is too much and 1/2 can is not enough.
  3. Great recipe! A friend made these and my son tried them and raved about them. I made them and everyone loved them. They are like little apple pies. I used Sprite in place of the Mountain Dew and they were delicious! Will definitely add this to my cookbook. Thanks for sharing!


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