Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings: crisp green apples are wrapped in soft dumplings and baked in a sweet cinnamon sauce made of brown sugar, butter and mountain dew!

Apple Dumplings in a bowl with vanilla ice cream.

This is one throwback of an apple dumpling recipe – all the way back to the 2000’s! 

I remember the first time I tried apple dumplings made with Mountain Dew. 

I had no idea before eating them what they were made with and once my Mom told me, I was shocked!

You would never guess that these tender dumplings with a delicious sauce were made with Mountain Dew of all ingredients!

Apple Dumplings in pan before baking.

I remember begging her for this Mountain Dew Apple Dumpling recipe and her sitting down to write it down. 

This was way before the days of when you could just text each other the recipe and instead all family recipes were written down on recipe note cards.

I was so excited to make it for Jorge, that I made it the very next night and we played guess the ingredient. 

He guessed all kinds of crazy things, but he was never guessed these apple dumplings were made with Mountain Dew! 

He was just as shocked as I was and then proceeded to eat 3 more and ask me to make them for his friends asap. 

Two dumplings in a bowl with vanilla ice cream and apple slices.


For the dumpling dough, I use crescent dough, just like the original recipe my mom wrote down for me. 

In the years passed, I have tried making my own dumpling dough from scratch, but it just never tasted as good. 

I see no point in going through all that work for subpar dumplings, when you can use crescent dough for excellent dumplings!

However, if you don’t have access to canned crescent dough, the next best thing would be trying a buttery pie dough.

Apple Dumplings in bowls with ice cream and apple slices.

Mountain Dew

I know you are going to ask, so YES, you can use sprite or ginger ale in place of the Mountain Dew. Any light colored mild soda should do just fine in its place. 

Honestly, you can skip the soda completely like I do in the updated version of this recipe for Rum Apple Dumplings

You can substitute the mountain dew with apple cider, sparkling apple cider, apple juice, or also rum (or another type of alcohol you think will pair well with the apple dumplings). 

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 perfect just as it is!

Two large apple dumplings with sauce in a bowl. 

This Mountain Dew Apple Dumpling recipe has been around for a couple of decades for one reason, it’s so dang good. 

If you think the mountain dew addition to apple dumplings is crazy, trust me, I know it is!

However, I can promise you that it doesn’t taste like mountain dew once it’s baked and everyone is going to be begging you for the recipe.

Serve these dumplings with vanilla ice cream and a healthy drizzle of the sauce from the apple dumplings and watch it disappear! 

And don’t miss all my other dumpling recipes – both savory and sweet! 

Yield: 16 Dumplings

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

Two large apple dumplings with sauce in a bowl.

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings: crisp green apples are wrapped in soft dumplings and baked in a sweet cinnamon sauce made of brown sugar, butter and mountain dew!

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


  • 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 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:


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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8 Responses
  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 🙂

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