The first time I tried Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings was a few months ago when my lovely and talented step-daughter made them for the whole family. (Have I mentioned how much I like it when the kids cook for me? No? Let me say it again. Maybe my children will see it. I ♥ WHEN THE KIDS COOK!)
And now there's no turning back. WOW. Now she makes them for us just about every time we see her. Hands down this easy dessert recipe is in my Top 10 Favorite Desserts. Unbelievably delicious and only takes a few minutes to make. Gooey and warm like apple pie on the inside with a sugary-cinnamon flaky dumpling crust....*wipes drool off of the computer screen*
p.s. these are also excellent for weekend breakfast.
Apple Dumplings...another excuse for us Southerners to consume Mountain Dew. 🙂
This is one of those wow-easy dessert recipes you wish you'd been making for years. And if you have been making apple dumplings like this for years and haven't told anyone, then shame on you!
This easy apple dessert recipe is best with Granny Smith apples. Their tart flavor is perfect with all the sweet sugar and soda, plus they don't get too mushy when baked.
What I like the most about this recipe is that it uses simple ingredients that you probably have on hand. Not a lot of measuring, either.
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You can peel the apples or leave them unpeeled, to your preference. (We like the peel on, gives the apple dumplings more color and texture.)
Slice your apples into wedges or chop them into pieces. The apple dumplings are easier to roll in the crescent dough if they are in slices. But they are way easier to eat if cut into pieces. Equally delicious either way.
So we like making recipes with soda pop in the South. Here are more:
Place them in a greased baking dish, then top with a mixture of butter, cinnamon, vanilla and two sugars. (One wasn't enough.) (See the recipe at the bottom of the post for the details.)
Now, let's put a little NASCAR on these cinnamon-y apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew (or your favorite sweet citrus soda will do. Maybe.) all around the edges and in between the dumplings.
Don't dump the soda right on top, or it will wash away the sugar topping, and we don't want that.
How much Mountain Dew you use is up to you. If you want a lot of syrup to drizzle on top, use the whole bottle. If you prefer your apple dumplings a toasted on top and flakier, use about half the bottle.
For this recipe we used about 12 ounces.
Now time to bake! Your entire home will smell amazing...like a bakery.
I woke up in the middle of the night once thinking of all the dumpling combinations you could make. Peaches with Sprite. Cherries with Coke. Caramel with Cream Soda.....
What? You don't dream about these things?
Serve warm with syrup from the bottom of the pan, or top your Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings with a serving of creamy vanilla ice cream. (I like mine solo.)
Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings
- 3 Granny Smith apples
- 16 crescent rolls 2 packages, refrigerated
- 12 ounces of Mountain Dew soda
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 1 stick salted butter melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash and dry apples. Peel them if you would like, or leave them unpeeled.
- Evenly cut apples into bite-sized pieces. Carefully unroll the crescent roll dough and separate into triangles. Place a small handful of apple pieces (about 2 tablespoons per triangle) in the center of each crescent.
- Roll the dough up and place the apple filled dough (seal side down) into the bottom of the baking dish.
- In a small bowl, combine melted butter, cinnamon, vanilla and both sugars. Spoon the sugar mixture over the top of the dumplings evenly.
- Pour the Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan and in between each dumpling.
- Bake uncovered for 40 minutes until the top of the dumplings are golden brown.
- Serve warm!