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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.

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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 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 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.

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    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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