I got this recipe from my then mother-in-law more than a decade ago. It's been a family favorite since the first bite! I've made tons of substitutions over the years and basically every sub has worked ("baking Splenda" for sugar, diet soda, light crescent rolls, half the butter, etc.), but the BEST result is from the following recipe IMHO. No more comment needed. These things are GOOD.
Gee’s Apple Dumplings
by Peggy Does Cake
1 ½ sticks butter (170 grams)
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
2 granny smith apples (peeled, cored, and cut into eighths)
2 cans (8 count) crescent dinner rolls
12 to 16 oz. Mountain Dew
Core and peel apples. Wrap 1 piece thoroughly in crescent roll and arrange in baking dish.
Throw first four ingredients into a heat-safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well and microwave another 1 minute or so, until gravy-like consistency. It’s fine if it’s still grainy. Pour sugar mixture over apple dumplings. At this point, you can cover with saran wrap and refrigerate until later.
Pre-heat over to 350 degrees. Pour 12 to 16 oz. Mountain Dew over dumplings (it looks like a lot of liquid, but that's ok) and pop in the oven. I usually measure out about 2 cups of soda from a 2 litre bottle, but if you can find a 12 or 16 once can or bottle, that would work great. It doesn't have to be a perfect amount. At about 30 minutes in, take them out and baste well. I just use a spoon. I stir the sauce a bit first in between the dumplings to get it a bit thicker. Then cover each dumpling generously. Continue baking until nicely golden brown. I’ve been known to baste more than once. Or more than twice. Total cooking time at my house is about 50 minutes.
Great served warm with homemade no-churn ice cream found here.
Dumplings are VERY rich, so I often cut the recipe in half.
If you try these, I'd love to hear from you! Until then, oven's on - I'll be back soon!