With all of the cooking and baking that comes with the holiday season, weâ€™ve got a great shortcut to a homemade classic. And you wonâ€™t believe what makes these so delicious: a lemon-lime soda bath. These apple dumplings are beyond easy to prepare and are guaranteed to please. A few store-bought ingredients coupled with pantry staples and bada-bing-bada-boom, youâ€™ve got an absolutely delicious dessert to serve to guests.
Truly, the secret ingredient to knocking this dessert out of the park is one can of lemon-lime soda; it adds sweetness and moisture to the dumplings, but we donâ€™t need to appreciate the chemistry of it all in order to understand that itâ€™s a formula for success. Serve this warm from the oven topped with a scoop of cool vanilla ice cream. But donâ€™t assume this is only for dessert! These dumplings could easily be served with brunch, topped with fresh fruit and served alongside eggs. Whatever excuse you need to make these is a good one!
5 Ingredient Apple Dumplings
1 hour to prepare serves 6
- 2 (8oz) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1 (20oz) can apple pie filling
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 can lemon-lime soda
- Preheat oven to 350Â°F and lightly grease a 13" x 9" baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.
- Unpack crescent rolls and separate into pre-cut triangles.
- Scoop a spoonful of apple pie filling into the widest part of the dough, then roll to wrap: take the bottom end of triangle and roll it up and away from you to seal the pocket.
- Place apple-stuffed roll in greased baking dish and repeat until all of the dough is used.
- In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until mixture is smooth, 2-3 minutes.
- Dollop a teaspoon of butter mixture over each crescent roll, then pour lemon-lime soda into baking dish, filling the space between each roll - do not pour over top of rolls.
- Place baking dish in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Serve warm and topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Recipe adapted from Sugar Apron