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Easy Apple Dumplings (+Video)

These Easy Apple Dumplings are made with crescent rolls, cinnamon, butter, sugar and lemon lime soda. The flavor is amazing!


In my opinion, any time of year is a good time for apple recipes. Not just fall! There are just so many great ways to use apples and my brain just starts buzzing with all the possibilities. One of the first recipes that always comes to mind are these dumplings.

two apple cinnamon crescent roll dumplings on a brown and white plate


Can I use peaches instead of apples?

Absolutely! Peaches work perfect in this dessert. Check out my recipe for FRESH PEACH DUMPLINGS!

Do you really only need one apple?

Yep! One good sized green apple is all you need! It will give you 4 servings of two dumplings per serving. You could double the recipe in a larger baking dish to get 8 servings.

I don’t really like the flavor of crescent rolls? Does this taste like crescent rolls?

No. I really don’t think you taste that traditional crescent roll flavor. The crescent rolls take on a whole new flavor when combined with the cinnamon, sugar, butter and lemon lime soda.

Are these super sweet?

They are certainly sweet but I think it’s always hard to tell other people how sweet or salty something is. Things I think aren’t sweet at all may be super sweet to others so I take those descriptions with a grain of salt. I think these are just the right amount of sweetness. However, others who are sensitive to sweetness may find them too sweet. I’ve always been told that the older we get, the less sweet we like our foods. You can always test the recipe out and then adjust to your particular tastes.

Can I use sugar free options?

I always get this question on dessert recipes. I do not bake or cook with sugar substitutes. At least not regularly. So I really can never say for certain. However, if you are accustomed to baking with sugar substitutes then honestly you would know better than me if this would work and how to do it.

Apple Dumplings recipe from The Country Cook, two dumplings topped with ice cream on a brown and white plate


  • green apple
  • crescent rolls
  • butter
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • flour
  • lemon lime soda
ingredients needed: green apple, crescent rolls, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, flour, lemon lime soda


Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray.

spraying a glass baking dish with Crisco nonstick cooking spray

Peel and core apple. Cut apple into 8 slices.

apple slices on a wooden cutting board

Unroll tube of crescent rolls and separate into 8 pieces. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the inside of the crescent roll.

sprinkling ground cinnamon on a crescent roll dough triangle

Add one apple slice. Roll it up in a nice little bundle.

slice of apple on a cinnamon dusted crescent roll

Continue with next 7 rolls the same way. Place all 8 dumplings into baking dish.

eight rolled dumplings shown in rows in a glass baking dish

Mix together melted butter with sugar, flour and vanilla extract.

butter, sugar , flour and vanilla extract mixed together in a glass bowl

Pour butter mixture on top of crescent rolls.

during sugar butter on top of crescent wrapped dumplings

Now take soda and pour it around the edges of the crescent rolls. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon if you prefer.

pouring Mountain Dew on top of the crescent roll bundles

Bake in preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes. The dumplings create the most amazing sauce on the bottom. So scoop that up when serving! 

fully baked apple dumplings in a baking dish

You can eat it all by itself or serve warm with ice cream.

scoop of vanilla ice cream on two apple dumplings n


Easy Apple Dumplings (+Video)

These Easy Apple Dumplings are made with crescent rolls, cinnamon, butter, sugar and lemon lime soda. The flavor is amazing!
5 from 29 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 green apple (Granny Smith or Golden Delicious)
  • 8 ounce tube crescent rolls
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (more, to taste)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons flour
  • ¾ cup lemon lime soda (Sprite or Mountain Dew)


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray.
  • Cut apple into 8 slices. Peel and core apple.
  • Unroll tube of crescent rolls and separate into 8 pieces.
  • On each roll, sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon. Add one apple slice.
  • Roll it up in a nice little bundle. Continue with the next 7 rolls the same way.
  • Place all 8 dumplings into a single layer in baking dish.
  • Mix together melted butter with sugar, vanilla and flour.
  • Pour butter mixture on top of crescent rolls.
  • Pour soda around the edges of the crescent rolls.
  • Sprinkle tops with a bit more cinnamon if you prefer.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes.
  • Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.



Double the recipe in a 9″x 13″ pan for 8 servings (2 dumplings a piece)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Fat: 23g | Sodium: 223mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: September 2011
Updated & republished: June 2019

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  1. 5 stars
    It was the best.!
    Our cousin Jan made this for us, and I just had to find you and get the recipe.
    I will for sure be making this. A big Thank you to THE COUNTRY COOK.

  2. 5 stars
    OMG, these are sooo good!! I have made these three times now and they turn out perfect every time. Next time I am going to try pears and ginger-ale. : )

  3. 5 stars
    I saw this recipe and had to try it, so I made it tonight and we both loved it. Will be making it again soon. Thanks so much.

  4. 5 stars
    I just made these and they were very easy to make and DELICIOUS. I followed the recipe as written.

    Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    OMGOSH! Brandie, you are making my husband so happy by sending along these APPLE Recipes. I keep making them and he keeps eating them!

  6. My husband likes the caramel apple empanadas from Taco Bell. I think a little drizzle of caramel ice cream topping would pretty much do the trick! Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe has been around for awhile. I got recipe from a friend about 2005, They were called Apple Dew Bites then due to the use of Mt Dew. Wonderful and easy.

  8. 5 stars
    The first recipe calls for 3/4 cup of lemon lime soda. The recipe following all the pictures calls for 1/2 cup lemon lime soda. Which is correct? Thank You.

  9. Will sweetened lemon water due. We’re not soda drinkers. I’m going to experiment but these look delicious.

    1. Hi Margo – I am not a soda drinker either but you barely get any with each serving. It helps to transform the flavor of the crescent rolls. I wouldn’t use water as it will make the rolls soggy. You could maybe use apple juice. 🙂

  10. Hi Brandi, Love your weekly recipes! Made Apples Dumplings, awesome and so easy, used orange juice instead of soda. Thanks for a great recipe. Margaret

  11. 5 stars
    I have made these and they are sooooooo yummy. They are rich! My grandson has asked for them for the family July 4th cookout. I don't think they will last long.

  12. 5 stars
    I just made these. And OMG I couldn't wait for them to cool, they smelled so wonderful..
    I ate two and went back for two more with aliitle whip cream. I will definitely be making
    these again. Thanks for sharing your moms recipe.