Lately, the weather has been a little wacky around here. For a few days it’s hot and in the 80’s and then rainy and then cools back off into the 60’s and the process starts all over again. I normally wouldn’t complain since it could just be plain old cold and nothing else but it makes dessert planning a bit difficult. I rarely turn on the oven when the outside temperature is over 80 degrees because I just hate heating up the house.
Fortunately, we got another cold spell and I got to get in the baking mode and try out a batch (or two) of some very simple apple dumplings. I’ve tried the old fashioned method of wrapping dough around an entire apple and that usually results in the dough sitting in a pudding on the bottom of the pan with the apple just sitting there all naked (and unwanted without its delicious crispy dough shell). So I’ve resorted to a more semi-homemade way of things and let me tell you, it’s delicious!
While it’s certainly optional, that little tub of delicious icing that comes with the tube of cinnamon rolls is quite dreamy when you pour it over the dumpling. It’s not as nice as a big, fat scoop of vanilla ice cream would be, but hey, you work with what you have.
And what you have is one delicious apple dumpling in less than an hour!
Easy Cinnamon Roll Apple Dumplings Recipe
Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins Total: 40 mins Serves: 5 dumplings
• 2 large Granny Smith apples
• 1 tube Cinnamon Rolls (I used Pillsbury Grands CINNABON Rolls with Icing)
• 4 tablespoons salted butter
• 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 for a dark pan)
- Peel apples. Cut apples into thirds and set aside the extra apple wedge (or snack on it while you’re baking). Slice off the core of each wedge.
- Unroll the 5 cinnamon rolls.
- Starting at the edge of each apple, wrap a cinnamon roll strip around the apple wedge, completely covering it. Pinch the ends to seal them. You may find it helpful to pat the entire dough wrap inside your hands to create a good seal around the entire apple wedge.
- Spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and place the dough covered apples inside with about an inch of space between them.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and sugars for one minute. Stir well until it’s smooth.
- Spoon the sugar mixture evenly over each apple.
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until the dough is golden brown.
- Cool for 5 minutes before serving then drizzle with the icing that came in the tube of cinnamon rolls.