Simple Apple Dumplings

So, doesn’t this look delicious?  My 5-year-old is sitting behind me trying to see what I am doing and as soon as this picture comes up on the screen he is excited.  “Are we going to have those apple things again today?”  Unfortunately, we are not.  If only we had crescent rolls in the fridge.  And too bad it is snowing or I might go to the store to get some.  Yes, it is snowing here right now.  I really wish it wasn’t, because snow and I really are not friends.  We have tried to get along, but we just don’t.  But, what can I do about it so we are going to once again survive the winter.  I know, I know I will stop complaining about the snow {next summer when it has all melted and the threat of snow again is months away :) }.  Moving on….

If you happen to find  yourself somewhere cold, and want a warm dessert tonight-this is the one!!  Even if you are not somewhere cold and want dessert tonight-this is the one!  They are really so simple to make.  My first grader can do most of it on her own.  Really, just about the only thing she doesn’t do is melt the butter.  I still have not let her do things on the stove.  {I can be a paranoid and over protective mom sometimes.}  So I really suggest letting the kids get their hands dirty on this one {but have clean hands before they start :) }.

I am giving a full disclosure here {pay attention}–These are SINFUL!!!  Do not even try to count calories on these…it is probably some absurdly high number that would put us all in shock.  But I promise they are so GOOD!!!  This recipe makes 16 dumplings, so make sure you have others around.  You need to share these.  If there are not many people around just hoping to get a good dessert tonight, cut it in half.  Make only 8 dumplings instead.  My little family of 5 only needs half of the recipe.  So, I cut everything in half and use an 8×8 pan.

My only other piece of advice for this one is to have vanilla ice cream.  It really is not optional here.

Simple Apple Dumplings

Ingredients

2 Granny Smith Apples

2 cans (8 count) Crescent Rolls

2 sticks Butter

1-1/2 cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Cinnamon, To Taste

1 can (12 Oz.) 7up

Directions

Preheat oven to 350.  Peel and core apples.  Cut each apple into 8 slices each.  Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll.  Place in a 9 x 13 pan.

Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir.  (It will still be lumpy.)   Add vanilla, stir, and pour entire mixture over apples.  Pour 7up around the edges of the pan.  (It should look mildly unappetizing at this point.)  sprinkle across the top with cinnamon and bake for 40 minutes.  Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

**Remember it is good to share, even after you have had your first bite and tasted the goodness here. ;)

*Recipe slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

 

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