Apple Dumplings

2 Posted by - November 13, 2013 - Food & Drink, Halloween & Autumn

This post is sponsored by the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association as an opportunity from the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

I feel like a little bit of a cheater making apple dumplings after I just made apple pie bites a few weeks ago, I admit. They are quite similar.

Image from Pioneer Woman

Image from Pioneer Woman

But when I made the apple pie bites, one of you said:

Megan • My sister makes these with crescent roll dough and Mountain Dew, and they are very yummy 🙂

And, lo, I was intrigued. So I found the recipe with Mountain Dew (ew) and decided to try it.

apple dumpling ingredients

Know what made me excited about this recipe even though it has Mountain Dew in it? That’s an entire stick of butter (perhaps my favorite item from the refrigerator section of the grocery store). I’m pretty sure apple pie doesn’t have an entire stick of butter in it. Move over, pie.

Know what else makes me happy about this recipe? Crescent rolls. Or, really, the fact that I don’t have to make a crust, because I completely suck at crusts. This is why I never make apple pies. Again, move over, pie.

crescent rolls

These crescent rolls are reduced fat because the grocery store had them on sale and these were the only ones left. Believe me: When I am putting a stick of butter in a dessert, I don’t give a damn about reduced fat.

I also must admit that the Mountain Dew is actually Diet Mountain Dew. That is due to the fact that I am a good hostess and once had someone over to my house whose favorite drink was Diet Mountain Dew and so I bought her some to drink while she was here. But it is unlikely that she will be back anytime soon so I am stuck with this disgusting bottle of toxic waste that I will never drink. So I’m gonna use it up.

I began by slicing and peeling the apples, and there was only one casualty, and it was not my thumb. One of the slices got an extra slice while I was peeling, but I figured it was ok since I would just be stuffing it in crescent roll anyways.

apple slices

I rolled them up…

apples in a blanket

And then I melted that entire effing stick of butter and dumped in some sugar, too, just in case it needed some more awesome.

butter and sugar

Then I drowned my cresent rolls in it, and when I was done with that step, remembered I was supposed to have mixed in the vanilla before that too, so I just sprinkled some vanilla over the top and hoped for the best. There’s a lot of hoping for the best in my baking. That’s maybe why my crusts always suck.

oops vanilla

Then you pour a little Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan and sprinkle the top with cinnamon, at which point you probably also question all of your life choices because this shit looks vile, but you’re too far along to give up now.

apple dumplings before baking

I baked it for 35 minutes instead of 40 because it was starting to look a little burny, but even a little burny, it looks way better cooked than it did before.

cooked dumplings

So I dished myself a dumpling and added the finishing touch. I already told you that my favorite thing from the refrigerator section is a giant stick of butter, but my favorite thing from the frozen section? Ice cream, hands down.

This was really freaking delicious. I have no idea if the Mountain Dew has anything to do with that– I suspect it has more to do with the butter and sugar, but who am I to question it?


So I’d say if you’re a pie dunce like me but you need to entertain people with a pie-like substance for the holidays, go for this one.

And, for more way cool holiday shortcuts, check out! They have lots of tips for using ready-made foods from the frozen and refrigerated dairy section of your grocery store to put together fantastic holiday treats.

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How could anything with an entire stick of butter and a metric shit-ton of sugar in it be bad? These apple dumplings are definitely not bad.


  • FreaksandGeeks November 13, 2013 - 9:56 pm Reply

    I doubt that mountain dew had anything to do with it… It’s just vile puke in a bottle, and vile puke does not make angle crap. And everyone knows angle crap is delicious, so who cares if it’s diabetes on a plate?

    • Kayla November 13, 2013 - 10:52 pm Reply

      I bet it’s a right angle crap.
      Or Angel crap, which ever.

  • Llama spit November 13, 2013 - 10:55 pm Reply

    I know it’s a sponsored post and all, but it’s totally uncool to post a yummy food and then have us scroll down to comment, only to come face to face with a Karsashian ass. Well played, sponsor trolls. Well played.

  • wyngrrrl November 14, 2013 - 12:33 am Reply

    This is a family fav (one of my first Pintrest Posts ever.) I rfuse to use Mt. Dew though…it is the devil. I use Seven Up instead, works like a charm.

  • Jodee Rose November 14, 2013 - 12:49 am Reply

    I am making an apple crumble for Thanksgiving that my non-cooking sister suggested. I made it last year and it was seriously the best apple dessert I’ve had in a long time. Totally simple: 2 cans of good quality apple pie filling, 3/4 stick of butter melted, 1 box of spice cake mix and some slivered almonds.
    You just put the apple filling in a 8 or 9 inch square pan, mix the butter and cake mix, crumble it on top and toss some almonds on top. Bake it for like 25 minutes at 350 (or until it is bubbly and toasty looking). And then serve it with whipped cream or ice cream, or both.

    So good!

  • Carrie November 14, 2013 - 7:35 am Reply

    My cousin first made these for us. Now it’s like her signature dessert. SO GOOD.

  • Tara November 14, 2013 - 9:04 am Reply

    The reduced fat crescent rolls taste basically the same as regular to me but you get a caloric savings so it’s a win/win. I always buy those.

  • Ethne Hedren Denham November 14, 2013 - 10:02 am Reply

    I’m pretty sure pie crust has a stick of butter in it, yo. Unless it’s my grandma’s, in which case it has lard and it’s even better.

  • Mindy November 14, 2013 - 10:37 am Reply

    I make these with OJ, in lieu of the Mt. Dew, and they’re amazingly delicious. Pull your panties down for someone delicious. And I’m not a huge peach dessert person, but made with peaches, I think they might even beat out the apples. Pears are good, too. Hell, I’m pretty sure anything you could cram inside would be delicious. Like you said, it’s an entire stick of butter. Heaven.

    • Tiffany November 17, 2013 - 12:40 am Reply

      I feel like you let us all down here with no “anything you could cram inside” jokes.

  • brigidkeely November 14, 2013 - 11:09 am Reply

    If you want an easy pie crust recipe that has 3 sticks of butter in it, check out this:

    I’ve been making this pie crust since I was about 7 or so. It’s super easy. It tastes amazing. At Thanksgiving, I make two batches, and let one chill in the fridge while I make pie out of the other one. Then, when I have turkey leftovers, I turn them into turkey pot pie with the already made crust. NB: starting in November, I also start buying butter in bulk at costco.

  • Craftpocalypse November 14, 2013 - 1:43 pm Reply

    MMM…these are seriously my favorite desert. The butter and sugar make the amazing crusty sweetness over the top of everything!! I could eat the whole damn pan every time.

  • Annabelle November 14, 2013 - 2:54 pm Reply

    Does anyone know if you could reduce the amount of butter in these? I’m not a health nut, but that’s a lot of butter!

    • Megan Wetherbee November 15, 2013 - 10:17 am Reply

      By the looks of it I’d say you could cut it down to two-thirds of a stick. Maybe even half. Regular crescent rolls are pretty buttery as it is, so if you use those maybe it could make up for the butter you cut out!

  • Havana James November 14, 2013 - 8:05 pm Reply


    • Lore November 16, 2013 - 4:29 pm Reply

      And you’re surprised?

  • Laura Bezzeg November 15, 2013 - 3:46 pm Reply

    Every time I make these someone wants the recipe, they are that good and easy. You can cut down on both the butter and the sugar, just make sure to baste the tops with the butter/sugar and pour the juice or soda carefully down the side so you keep the brushed tops dry of the juice/soda, that way you get a crispy crust on top.

  • Crystal Puckett January 4, 2014 - 11:17 pm Reply

    I wonder if, instead of Mt. Dew, you could use Apple Ale or hard cider? Yes, I am thinking up excuses to buy more booze.

  • laura simmons January 28, 2015 - 9:11 am Reply

    Hey, im new to your blog and loving it! Thanks for being the self appointed guinea pig who helps save my sanity!

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