Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 55 mins

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!

Apple Dumplings in a bowl with vanilla ice cream.

Easy Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

Today we have one throwback of an apple dumpling recipe – all the way back to the 2000’s, 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 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.

Why I Love This Recipe

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!
Overhead image of a large pan with apple dumplings and then two bowls with Mountain Dew apple dumplings with spoons.

What You’ll Need

Alright, let’s get into the details of these apple dumplings! The ingredient list is pretty short today – you’ll only need to round up 7 essentials:

  • Apples: I like to use large Granny Smith apples, but other apples that are good for baking (like Honeycrisps) will work too.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Feel free to adjust the amount if you prefer a stronger presence of cinnamon.
  • Dough: I like to use canned crescent rolls because they’re quick and easy, and they always come out perfectly golden-brown!
  • Butter: I generally use unsalted butter for this recipe.
  • Sugar: You’ll need both granulated sugar and packed brown sugar.
  • Mountain Dew: Other sodas like Sprite can be used if you don’t have Mountain Dew – see Tips section for more options.
Two dumplings in a bowl with vanilla ice cream and apple slices.

Why Use Mountain Dew?

Mountain Dew has a somewhat citrus-y flavor, which tastes great in the cinnamon-brown-sugar sauce and pairs nicely with the tart yet sweet apples. It’s not mandatory to use it, there are other substitutions you can make, but in my opinion it really is the secret ingredient that brings this dish together!

How to Make these Apple Dumplings

You won’t believe how easy it is to whip up this indulgent treat. That quality is a bit of a double-edged sword – I wouldn’t be making these every week, if you catch my drift – but you deserve to treat yourself every now and again!

Preheat Oven to 350°F: Grease a 9×13 baking pan (or extra large cast iron skillet) set aside.

Prep the Apples and the Dumplings: Core and slice apples into 8 even slices (16 slices total) and then peel the skin off the apples. Sprinkle cinnamon (about 1 tablespoon) on top of all of the apples. Then roll one apple slice inside of each crescent roll piece. Place in the prepared pan, in two rows, leaving a little room between each dumpling.

Apple pastries in pan before baking.

Make the Cinnamon Sauce: 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.

Add Mountain Dew: Finally, pour the Mountain Dew around just the edges of the pan.

Bake the Dumplings: Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until bubbling and the dumplings are browned on top.

Tips for Success

And that’s the process! There’s nothing like a homey apple dumpling recipe to get you in the mood for fall, or just to satisfy those comfort food cravings.

Before you begin, though, here are a couple of tips that might come in handy as you make your apple dumplings:

  • If You Don’t Have Crescent Dough: If you don’t have access to canned crescent dough, the next best thing would be trying a buttery pie dough.
  • If You Don’t Have Mountain Dew: You can use Sprite or ginger ale in place of the Mountain Dew if desired. Any light-colored, mild soda should do just fine in its place. Mountain Dew can also be substituted with apple cider, sparkling apple cider, apple juice, or also rum (or another type of alcohol that you think will pair well with the apple dumplings).
  • Make Ahead Tip: If you want to start preparing this dish ahead of time, you can complete steps 1-4, save the prepared baking dish in the fridge (covered), and resume with steps 5-8 later. (See recipe card.)
Pastries in bowls with ice cream and apple slices.

Serving Suggestions

It is absolutely a must to serve these apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream. It’s all part of this essential dessert experience! If you wanted to substitute ice cream for some whipped cream though, or do both together, that would also be acceptable.

A healthy drizzle of the leftover sauce from the pan is a good idea, too. Then, just sit back and watch everything disappear!

How to Store and Reheat Extras

The best way to store these apple dumplings is in an airtight container in the fridge, for 3-4 days. As far as reheating goes, you can use the microwave, or line a baking sheet and bake the dumplings at 350 degrees F until they are warmed through, and the dough is just a touch crispy.

Yield: 16 Dumplings

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

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

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 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! 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16 Dumplings

Serving Size:

1 Dumpling

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g

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Comments

15 Responses
    1. Jessica

      Sadly they really are best fresh, not reheated. The dumplings are tender and soft and will soak up a lot of the sauce. You can reheat them in the microwave, but whenever possible, this one is best baked fresh!

    1. Jessica

      You could add a little pinch of nutmeg, but mostly just will need to skip it. They will still be tasty, just different! 🙂

  1. Sara Taylor

    Have made this recipe three times. Yum. The ones in the oven have a few fresh pears mixed in. I did cut back the amount of butter and sugar by a fourth. Also a ladle makes it easy to pour sauce over dumplings. Family loves them.

      1. Jessica

        I have no experience making these in a crockpot, but I would check them around 3 on high. Let us all know how it works out for you!

  2. Jesse

    I really love reading your amazing blog. I found much recipes for me and my family, as my father don’t eat anything. But so far he loved all of your recipes.

  3. sarah

    Just made this and it was great! I Used Pink Lady apples (only because I had a huge pack from Sams and needed to use them) the only thing I might do next time is cut down on some of the sugar because it was very sweet. But so yummy! I served with vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled a little bit of the liquid from the pan on top… definitely a keeper!

  4. Jacqueline Nikolish

    I made them as recipe calls the first time. Was good but not enough apple for our liking. Today I used 1/4 of a yellow delicious apple per dumpling. ( I only make half a recipe at a time, as 8 is plenty for us.) I will say it is much better with a bigger piece of apple in it. I love the yellow delicious too. So simple to make. Will make big pan of these for Christmas eve.

  5. CHANTAL

    Thank you chef for sharing just discover your site I don’t known where II’v get the mountain dew but I will make it;

  6. mis-cakes

    OMG seriously my Soon-to-be husband is going to die over this recipe. He loves Mountain Dew!! btw just discovered your blog and i’m loving it!

  7. ingrid

    I’ve made this and while I’m not normally a fan of warm mush fruit this was great! Obviously blogging worked for you. 🙂
    ~ingrid

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