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Crisp green apples are wrapped in soft dumplings and baked in a sweet cinnamon sauce, made with brown sugar and Mountain Dew. These Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings are the most comforting homemade pastry ever!


Today we have one throwback of an apple dumpling recipe – all the way back to the 2000s, to be exact! This Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings recipe is an absolute family favorite that has withstood the test of time. I still get excited to make these homemade dumplings even though I’ve done it about a million times at this point!

You would never guess that these pillow-soft crescent roll dumplings, made with a delicious cinnamon-brown-sugar sauce, contain fizzy Mountain Dew of all ingredients! I definitely didn’t, anyway, before this “secret ingredient” was revealed to me by my mom.

Since this apple pastry recipe has been passed down to me, it’s become one of the desserts that I most look forward to making all year. You can bake them any time of year, of course (and I do!), but I really love enjoying them in the fall because then I can use my own freshly picked apples. These dumplings, just like your favorite apple pie recipe, always taste better when you’ve gone to the trouble of hand-picking your own apples. 

In summary, these tender, apple-filled dumplings in the sugary sweet cinnamon sauce are totally irresistible, so my advice to you is this: Don’t resist and enjoy!

Two large apple dumplings with cinnamon sugar sauce in a bowl.


Brown sugar. No, tart Granny Smith apples. Wait, but there’s also cinnamon. Okay, so, as you can see, there are many reasons as to why I love these apple dumplings. I’ll narrow it down to a few though because we’ve got dumplings to make:

  • They’re Perfect for Fall: Apple dumplings are a great example of what fall tastes like. (I mean warm, baked apples, coated with cinnamon? That’s fall for sure!) I already talked about how apple picking fits in with this recipe, but did I mention that these dumplings are super similar to individual, perfect-for-fall apple pies?
  • They’re Fairly Quick: It takes about 55 minutes to make these pastries, so you can be in and out of the kitchen in an hour! Also, these will bake for around 45 minutes, so that’s only 10 minutes of active prep time.
  • They’re Customizable: Throw in some apple pie spice, a splash of vanilla, etc. It’s easy to make this apple dumpling recipe your own, just make sure you don’t stray too far from the original. It’s already pretty darn good as-is!

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Crisp green apples are wrapped in soft dumplings and baked in a sweet cinnamon sauce, made with brown sugar and Mountain Dew. These Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings are the most comforting homemade pastry ever!


  • 2 large green apples
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 (8 oz) cans crescent rolls
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup mountain dew


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 baking pan (or extra large cast iron skillet) set aside. 
  2. Core and slice apples into 8 even slices (16 slices total) and then peel the skin off the apples.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon (about 1 tablespoon) on top of all of the apples. Then roll one apple slice inside of each crescent roll piece.
  4. Place in prepared pan, in two rows, leaving a little room between each dumpling. 
  5. Then in a small pot bring the butter, remaining 1 tablespoon cinnamon, granulated sugar and brown sugar to a boil. Once boiling, evenly pour over the crescent rolls.
  6. Finally pour the mountain dew around just the edges of the pan.
  7. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until bubbling and the dumplings are browned on top. 
  8. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream and pour the extra sauce form the pan on top! 



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