Apple Dumpling Bites Recipe


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Apple dumpling bites make a quick treat perfect as a fall snack or dessert! Filled with apple and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, these apple dumplings are sure to become a family favorite!

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Have you ever had an idea for something and just couldn’t do anything else until you stopped what you were doing and went to try your idea? Sometimes, I can become a bit obsessed with an idea like that and have to just go right to the kitchen and make it. At times the idea is a complete flop and others, it’s like the angels are singing from above! As you know by now, I’m all about simple recipes that the whole family will enjoy and let me just tell you, these apple dumpling bites fit exactly into that frame of thinking! 

They begin with a couple of rolls of good ole crescent rolls that you can pick up at the grocery store. I spread each of the individual rolls out and spoon in a bit of applesauce into the middle of the widest portion of the roll. Then, I carefully begin to roll the crescent roll over the applesauce, stopping about one or two rolls in to tuck the edges underneath as a I roll to seal in the applesauce. At this point, you have a couple of options. You can either bake your apple dumpling bites or quickly fry them. Once they are done, just sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve warm. Oh my heavenly days are they scrumptious! I think you’ll love them as much as we do! We love them while watching the game, camping and with a big bowl of ice cream!

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Here’s my Apple Dumpling Bites recipe. I hope you love ’em!

Apple Dumpling Bites

5 from 1 vote
Apple dumpling bites make a quick treat perfect as a fall snack or dessert! Filled with apple and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, these apple dumplings are sure to become a family favorite!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 16 dumplings


  • 2 large cans (454 g) crescent rolls
  • 1/2 cup (123 g) applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) ground cinnamon
  • Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil


  • Open crescent rolls and spoon 1/2 teaspoon of applesauce onto the center portion of widest area of crescent roll. Roll crescent, tucking the tips underneath to close the dumpling.
  • To Fry
  • Add oil to a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed, deep pot. Do not fill over 1/2 full. Heat oil to 350º F. Carefully add dumplings a few at a time into the oil and fry until lightly browned. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain. Dust with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon while warm.
  • To Bake
  • Preheat oven to 350º F and bake according to crescent roll package instructions. Sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon while warm.


Serving: 1dumpling | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.004g | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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  1. Kim Honeycutt says:

    I read this to my husband and he said they sounded pretty good!! Pinning to try!!

  2. Kellie Murray says:

    I’m reading the instructions and it says to open crescent and spoon in 1/2 a teaspoon…..but… doesn’t say of what. I’m assuming that you mixed together all of the other ingredients and that is what you spoon into the crescents?? 1/2 a teaspoon doesn’t sound like a lot though. =/ I’m so confused LOL. Could the applesauce be substituted for apple pie filling and skip mixing in the other stuff? I like the full apple feel instead of the mushy feel of the applesauce.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Kellie,
      So sorry that was confusing. Yes, you are spooning 1/2 teaspoon of the applesauce into the widest area of the crescent and then rolling the crescent around it and securing the ends. Once it fries (or bakes), you’ll sprinkle on the cinnamon and the sugar while they are still warm. While the 1/2 teaspoon doesn’t sound like a whole lot, when I tested with larger amounts, it tended to ooze out when I rolled it and when it cooked. You can use apple pie filling if you prefer.

  3. Jamie | My Baking Addiction says:

    I could eat about 27 of these right now, so delicious!


  4. haley @Cupcakes and says:

    THESE LOOK INCREDIBLE! and perfect for fall!!

  5. Teresa says:

    These look adorable and easy!

  6. Amanda says:

    Oh my word! This looks amazing!

  7. Alex Chambers says:

    Nice one Robyn :)! This recipe would surely make our taste buds go for more… Apples and cinnamon into dumplings are just so yummy… 🙂