Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

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Transform store-bought crescent rolls into a quick and easy dessert with this crowd favorite recipe for Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings.

A pan of Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings studded with sanding sugar

Oh, crescent rolls, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

  • You’re buttery.
  • You’re flaky.
  • You’re sweet, or savory.
  • You’re carbs.

Need I say more?

Uncooked crescent rolls and apple slices being rolled up on a cutting board

My love affair with poppable cans of dough began long ago. It was my great-grandmother Momoo who first introduced me to the Pillsbury classic, as she stretched, shaped, baked and topped the dough with a rainbow of cruciferous veggies into what we now know as Veggie Bars. The recipe has withstood the test of time, and now we have a sweet take on those buttery triangles and they look a little something like this…

Unbaked crescent roll dumplings in a baking pan

Like pigs in a blanket, except we’re swapping the hot dogs for tangy, juicy Granny Smith apples. And there lies the glorious versatility of a canned dough that is as equally tasty in both savory and sweet forms.

Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings, much like their culinary cousin, Veggie Bars, are a timeless delicacy. But it wasn’t until I was recently staring down an extra tube of rolls that I decided it was time to bring this recipe to the main stage.

A butter and sugar mixture being poured over a pan of unbaked Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

The setup couldn’t be simpler, and the results could not be more spectacular. Doughy, fruit-filled dumplings baked to perfection in a brown sugar and apple juice caramel sauce. What’s not to love?

I’ve gone the extra (0.023 of a) mile and added some sanding sugar on top for a bit of crunch. So grab the crescent rolls and your fruit of choice (pears would be a-mazing) and don’t forget a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top!

A baking dish close-up of Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

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Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

Turn store-bought biscuits into the best-ever dessert with this quick and easy recipe for Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.93 from 28 votes
A pan of Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings studded with sanding sugar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 (8-oz.) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • Sanding sugar, for topping (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, combine the butter, apple juice, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until the butter is melted and the mixture comes to a rolling boil. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Set the mixture aside.
  • Tear apart the crescent rolls and arrange the triangular-shaped pieces of dough on your work surface.
  • Cut each of the apples into 8 wedges. Place an apple wedge on the widest side of the triangle then roll the apple up with the dough. Arrange the dumplings in the greased pan then pour the apple juice mixture on top of and around the dumplings. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. 
  • Bake the dumplings for 25 to 30 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and they are golden brown. Remove the dumplings from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan before serving. 

Kelly's Note:

  • These apple dumplings are great served straight from the pan, but for added indulgence, top them off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipping cream.
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Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 58mg, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.2mg


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  1. Hi! This is my first time making apple dumplings. I’ve heard about them, so I’m going to give them a try . I’ll let you know how they turn out in about an hour! Well, I tried!?

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I made one change out of necessity… I didn’t have enough apple juice so I did half apple juice and half orange juice. Will definitely make again!!

  3. these were so much fun to make! and soooo good to eat.
    my husband ate about 5 of them! haha
    but i do have a question: do you leave leftovers out? or put them in the fridge?

  4. I have made these 3 times now and I modify it just a bit by taking cinnamon and sugar and coat apples before rolling in dough. Everyone loves them . all occasions.

  5. 5 stars
    Made it as u said only I used half of the recipe and I had no apple juice so I used a Sprite. Baaaaaabyyy. That’s some good stuff! I got another notch on belt with the kids . They thinks I am Master Chef! Thanks Chica!

  6. 5 stars
    My neighbor made the apple turn over and it blew me away, I Love it ! Thank you for giving us this recipe.

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