Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings – Gluten Free

Published on May 11, 2023

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Serves: 6
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Homemade Gluten Free Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings just like Nana used to make: warming, cinnamon sugar apples wrapped in dumpling dough and baked in butter cinnamon sauce. Serve warm, or complete each serving with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. 

gluten free baked apple dumplings with sauce in a baking dish

This is an insanely delicious gluten free apple dumpling dish!

These old-fashioned apple dumplings are not the prettiest, but I am so excited about them because tucked inside, these handmade dumplings have the tastiest warm cinnamon apples. So get ready to feel nostalgic with this classic apple recipe, revamped with gluten-free ingredients.

single old-fashioned apple dumpling on a plate with ice cream


the recipe details

dumpling dough wrapped in plastic wrap

Make the dough first, then chill for only 30 minutes. The entire dough recipe is made in a food processor, super simple and easy!

dough divided into 5 pieces and a small ball of dough

Divide the dough into six even pieces, and roll each piece into a ball

cored and peeled apple on a wooden cutting board with a paring knife

Prepare the apples by coring and peeling them.

circle of rolled dumpling dough

Roll out the dough using a pastry rolling pin into about a 7-inch circle using a light dusting of gluten free flour so it doesn’t stick.

apple wrapped with dough

Place the apple in the middle of the dough. Next, lift the edges of the dough up and over the apples without covering the core, pinching the sides to seal. Don’t stress about making these look perfect. Each apple dumpling is unique and cute.

unbaked 6 apple dumpings with sauce in a baking dish

Place the apple dumplings in a buttered baking dish about half an inch apart. They should not be touching. Pour about one teaspoon of cinnamon sugar in each hole and some over the dumplings. Make the butter cinnamon sauce and pour it over the apple dumplings.

baked old-fashioned apple dumplings in a baking dish

Bake for 50 minutes, basting every 15 minutes with the sauce. Enjoy warm. DELICIOUS!

Looking for other apple recipes? Here are my favorites:

Gluten-Free Apple Turnovers

Gluten-Free Apple Sponge Cake With Almond Topping

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bars

Dutch Apple Quick Bread – Gluten Free

Very Best Gluten-Free Apple Fritter Bread

Gluten Free German Apple Cake


Best apples for baking

The apples used in this recipe should be firm enough so they don’t break apart during baking but also soft enough that they become tender when cooked. 

Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apples are excellent choices as they hold their shape well while adding a sweet-tart flavor to the dumplings.

peeled cored apples in a bowl with water and lemon juice

How to keep apples from browning?

If you want to prepare the apples in advance, place peeled apples into a large bowl of water with a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Drain and dry the apples before using them in the dumpling recipe.

close up of apple dumpling on a plate with ice cream

Serving suggestions

One popular way is to serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The cold creaminess perfectly complements the warm cinnamon apple filling in the dumpling, creating a delightful texture and taste combination.

For those who prefer a less sweet topping, whipped cream can be used instead. 

For breakfast lovers, these apple dumplings are an excellent morning treat when served alongside scrambled eggs or bacon. It might seem like an unusual pairing at first but trust me, it’s worth trying!

Are gluten free apple dumplings served warm?

Gluten free apple dumplings are best served warm. This can be achieved by baking the dumplings in the oven and serving them immediately after they come out. 

How to store gluten free apple dumplings

It is best to store them in the dish they were cooked in. They will keep for a couple of days covered with plastic wrap at room temperature. Then, reheat in the oven until slightly warm.

half eaten apple dessert on a plate with vanilla ice cream

My take on old-fashioned gluten free apple dumplings

If you love the aroma of warm apples and cinnamon filling your home, try these old-fashioned apple dumplings. They are a classic dessert or breakfast dish you can now enjoy gluten free. And be sure to choose the best apples for baking so that they turn out perfectly. Whether you serve them warm or cold, with ice cream or whipped cream on top, these apple treats are delish!

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Many thanks!

Kristina x

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