Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

This is one of those desserts that I have made several times and no matter how many times I make them, I can't get over how freakin' delicious they are.

This is yet another recipe from The Pioneer Woman, and by making these, you are taking a terrible risk of eating an entire pan of butter, sugar, and Mountain Dew encrusted doughy apple treats. It's a risk, but man, it's worth it.

This week was the birthday of my friend and fellow DnD group member, Doty. I asked him what type of dessert he would like me to make our game this week and some of his answers included southern coconut cake, home-made apple pie, and canolis. Then he mentioned these apple dumplings. I've made them before and they are like crack. Well, having never been on crack, I can't say that's entirely true, but they are what I imagine taking crack to be like...? I've wandered onto a strange tangent.

Anyway, off we go to the land of apple dumpling baking!

Here are your ingredients. They are nice and simple.

The original recipe calls for granny smith apples, which I did have two of, but I wanted to be adventurous and try another type of apple, too. That was one called Envy. I would suggest you use 2 granny smith apples though.

Next, you will need to peel the apples and cut them into 8 slices each. So you will end up with 16 apple slices and 16 triangles of crescent rolls. Yay, math!

I'll have you know I am on quite a streak of not cutting myself while I peel things. For a while, I always cut myself using a peeler, but two more apples, no cut fingers!

Take one of your two sticks of butter and use it to butter a 9 x 13 pan. Just make sure the sides and bottom are covered so your delicious apple dumplings don't get stuck to the bottom. You don't have to go crazy with it, remember, there are going to be two whole sticks of butter in with these dumplings. It's statements like that that make the think Paula Deen would be proud of me.

Next, you will need to unroll each of your crescent rolls and their little individual triangles. I used the store brand, reduced fat ones because I figured there was enough fat in these already. Anyway, I had a very difficult time getting the rolls of dough open. Normally, They pop open on their own and scare the bejeezus out of me. I had to smack them on the counter several times and then eventually whine to Jason to get him to get the can open for me. Go with the name brand, they are less frustrating.

Then take each of your apple slices and roll them up in a dough triangle.

Take each little rolled up dumpling and line them up in the pan.

After you do all that, put your two sticks of butter in a saucepan to melt them, and then add in the 1 1/2 cups of sugar and stir it together.

Then stir in your yummy teaspoon of vanilla
Once you have all that stirred together, pour it over your awaiting dumplings. Try to get the sugar evenly over each of them so they will all end up nice and crispy caramelized on top after baking. You will then take your can of Mountain Dew and pour it all around the edges of the pan. Your dumplings will be nice and bubbly and buttery and sugary. Oh, yum. I might have to go heat one up just thinking about it.

The next part is my favorite. Add. Cinnamon. To. Taste.

I love cinnamon. It is my favorite, telling me to add it to taste is really like saying you should probably go ahead and dump the whole container on there. I did manage some restraint though. 


Put them in the oven at 350 for about 40 minutes or until they are delicious and golden brown. Here is what mine looked like right before I pulled them out of the oven.

I let them hang out for a bit and cool down because otherwise you mouth will be burned forever and I am a firm believer in not doing that. I feel like it's a bad choice.

Once they are cooled enough (I'd say maybe 5-10 minutes), scoop some onto a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. If you have vanilla ice cream that would also be amazing with this, but I didn't have any unfortunately. But these were UH-MAY-ZING. Make them at your own risk!


Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings
adapted from The Pioneer Woman
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled
  • 2 cans crescent rolls (8 oz.)
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 1 12 oz. can Mountain Dew
Peel and cut each apple into 8 slices. Roll each slice in a triangle of crescent roll dough. Butter a 9 x 13 pan and put each dumpling in it.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add the sugar and stir. Add the vanilla, stir, and pour entire mixture over apples, trying to evenly coat each dumpling with sugar.Pour the can of Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan and then bake them in the oven at 350 for about 40 minutes. Once they have cooled, you can sprinkle with powered sugar or serve with vanilla ice cream. Or just eat them by themselves, they are delicious!

Thanks for reading!

<3, Carly
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