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Apple Dumplings with Maple Syrup & Pistachios – The End of Summer Lunch

Aromatic sweet apple dumplings are packed with dried fruit and drizzled with maple syrup. Perfect for the end of summer lunch or dessert.

Prepering apple dumplings

Apple Dumplings with Maple Syrup & Pistachios

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Makes 24 dumplings


  • 1 pack of dough for dumplings - dumpling wrapper, thawed if frozen (you can buy it in Asian markets)
  • 5-6 sweet apples, peeled, cut into small cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. golden raisins
  • 1-2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • I Tbsp. sugar (optional)
  • melted butter for serving
  • maple syrup for serving
  • toasted and coarsely chopped pistachios



To make the filling: In a large bowl mix together the apples, golden raisins, dried cranberries with lemon juice and set aside.


In the Dutch oven, combine sugar, orange juice, cinnamon, cardamom and bring to a boil. Boil about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add apples and return to heat. Cover and lower heat, simmer for 5-7 minutes or until apples are tender, but not too soft. Stir the vanilla extract. Let it cool for about 30 minutes.


To make the dumplings: Put a teaspoon of the apple filling in the center of a dumpling wrapper. Fold over and form it like an envelope. Seal the edges with water. Press together firmly to ensure the filling kept inside of the wrapper.


Half fill a large saucepan with water. Put dumplings in the boiling water over high heat and stir occasionally until they float on top. Cook for about 3-5 minutes. Remove the dumplings with a large slotted spoon, drain them briefly, then spread them on a plate.


Pour the melted butter and maple syrup over the hot apple dumplings, sprinkle with roasted pistachios and serve.

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  • Reply
    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    August 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    So pretty! Those dumplings are perfect and your little helper did a great job.



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    La Table De Nana
    August 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Your helper is adorable..:)

    Love this.

    Yelena I never thought of adding a sweet filling to a dough like this..
    Great idea..Pistachios are such a pretty addition.

  • Reply
    August 15, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Dear Monique, I never thought of adding a sweet filling to dumplings dough until yesterday. My daughter was asking me to cook something sweet and I came up with this recipe. Very tasty and lovely flavors. They all gone, of course-))

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    Shema George
    August 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Yelena dear – cant tell you how much I am craving for this now…I love anything stuff with apple..YUM!!It looks totally scrumptious … Your daughter is adorable!
    Shema George | LifeScoops

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    August 17, 2013 at 6:18 am

    My husband and I were seeing your photos and oh so pretty!!! I love that your daugther helped in the kitchen. She's so serious but she did such an amazing detailed job! Love this post <3

    I also decided to have similar counter top when we upgrade our kitchen one day… great for photography. Mine… oh terrible!

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    Alina Tsai
    June 24, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Wow…looks so pretty and tasty.

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