Grandma Bailey’s Apple Dumplings

For the dumplings:

2-1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cups Crisco
1/2 cup milk

Stir together flour and baking powder. Cut in Crisco. Stir in milk to form a soft dough and knead 2-3 times in the bowl until everything sticks together. Roll out to 1/4″ thickness on a floured surface. Cut into 6 squares.


3-4 baking apples, peeled and cored
3-4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1-2 tablespoons butter for dotting

Cut apples into large pieces and arrange in the center of each dough square. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dot with butter. Lightly brush a small amount of water on the edges of the dough. Fold the corners up to the center. Pinch to seal. Transfer to a rectangular baking dish.


2 cups water
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Bring the ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into the dumpling filled baking dish. Bake dumplings at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Thank you, Dad for taking the time to find and send grandma’s recipe! I’m glad I finally have this heirloom recipe in my possession.