Cranberry Apple Dumplings with Crimson Sauce

Pick pastry to serve to your guests. Wrapped around tart apples and a cranberry sauce, pastry dumplings are a dessert everyone loves.

Cranberry Apple Dumplings

TIME SAVER: Use Betty Crocker® pie crust mix for the scratch pie crust in this recipe and save time.



  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice or water
  • 2 tablespoons red cinnamon candies


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons cold water


  • 4 small cooking apples (each about 3 inches in diameter), peeled and cored
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Additional sugar, if desired
  • Fresh mint leaves, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease bottom of jelly roll pan, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch, or large cookie sheet with shortening.
  2. In a 1-quart saucepan, heat cranberry sauce, orange juice and candies over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and candies are melted; remove from heat.
  3. In medium bowl, cut shortening into flour and salt, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
  4. Roll pastry into rectangle, 18 x 16 inches. Cut pastry into four 8-inch squares, using pastry cutter or knife. Cut leaves from remaining 2-inch piece of pastry, using small leaf-shape cutter, pastry cutter or knife.
  5. Place apple on each pastry square. Spoon 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce mixture into center of each apple. Sprinkle each apple with 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Moisten corners of pastry squares. Bring 2 opposite corners of pastry up over apple; pinch to seal. Repeat with remaining corners; pinch edges of pastry to seal. Decorate with pastry leaves.
  6. Place dumplings in pan. Brush with egg; sprinkle with additional sugar.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and apples are tender.
  8. Garnish each dumpling with mint leaf.
  9. Serve warm with remaining sauce mixture.

Prep: 30 min | Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 875 (Calories from Fat 385); Total Fat 43g (Saturated Fat 11g, Trans Fat ncg); Cholesterol 55mg; Sodium 340mg; Total Carbohydrate 119g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars ncg); Protein 8g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 2%; Iron 18%

Exchanges: nc Other Carbohydrate; nc Vegetable Carbohydrate Choices: nc

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Betty Crocker