Easy Apple Dumplings

Easy Apple Dumplings
These are a favorite in the Paulus family - loaded with calories I'm sure - but worth every bite! I've made them for Christmas presents for teachers and friends - they're a big hit! Use Refrigerated Pie Crust Dough or follow the recipe below for pastry.
  • Pastry:
  • 1 c Shortening
  • 2⅔ c all-purpose flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 7-8 t cold water
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  • Apples:
  • 6 Apples, peeled and cored
  • Stick of margarine
  • Cinnamon mixed with Table Sugar
  • 2 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 c Water
  1. Cut shortening into flour and salt until particles are size of small peas.
  2. Sprinkle in water, 1 T at a time, tossing with a fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl.
  3. Gather into a ball; divide into 6 equal parts.
  4. Roll out each part for the apple dumpling.
  5. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Roll pastry into squares.
  7. Place apple on each square.
  8. Inside each apple, drop a bit of butter or margarine (I use about 1 T in each - plus I use big apples).
  9. Then add a spoonful of the cinnamon sugar to each.
  10. Bring up pastry and pinch corners together; make sure apple is completely covered.
  11. Place dumplings in ungreased rectangular baking dish.
  12. Heat brown sugar and water to boiling; carefully pour around dumplings.
  13. Bake, spooning syrup over dumplings 2 or 3 times, until crust is golden and apples are tender, about 40 minutes.
  14. Serve warm. Our family likes them with milk poured over them (this is a local way to eat them) but you can certainly serve with ice cream!