Grandma’s Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

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2 1/4 c brown sugar
2 1/4 c water
1 1/2 c dark karo syrup

3 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 heaping tsp shortening or butter

4-6 apples, sliced

Boil first 3 ingredients in a 9×13 cake pan (or in separate pot if desired). Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and butter. Roll thin, cut into squares. Fill with sliced apples. Place seam side down in boiled syrup. Bake at 350 degrees, turning once until tops of dumplings are caramelized, usually 20 to 30 minutes.

Recipe updated on 11/30/2011

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  1. Great questions! I just talked to our fellow Cooking Mom, Dawn, and the recipe has been updated. Thanks for your questions and comments on this very old, handed down recipe!


  2. This recipe needs more info on quantity of apples. Is it 1 apple or 5 apples for the quantity of mix. Also boiling sugar syrup in cake pan I’m not sure my cake pans are designed to be heated on a stove can the syrup be made in apan and transferred to a warmed cake pan?

  3. How big is the cake pan, how big are the dough squares, and how long do you bake them?

  4. Eileen Atwood says:

    Hi Amy,
    How much baking powder does this recipe call for?
    Thank you,,, Eileen