Semi-Famous Apple Dumplings

You guys?  You're going to want this recipe.  Just trust me on this one.

They're easy.

There's only six ingredients.

And they're DELICIOUS!  Seriously, these apple dumplings have replaced birthday cake at most of our family celebrations. I mean, I love me some cake, but these are just so much better!

Let's get started.  First, preheat the oven. (You can scroll to the end for the full recipe, if you want to skip all my super awesome pictures....)

Next, assemble your ingredients.  You'll have butter, sugar, cinnamon, an apple, crescent rolls, and a super secret, ESSENTIAL ingredient.  Seriously, you won't want to skip this one.

What is that ingredient, you ask?

Yes, that's right.  That wonderful concoction also known as Mountain Dew.  Now, you probably won't need a bottle this size, I just like to get enough so I can drink whatever's left.  And yes, a sugar coma is my goal.

Next, you'll melt your butter on low heat in a small saucepan.

While that's melting, you'll slice and peel your apple.  You'll want 8 slices.

By now, your butter should be nice and melted.  Add your sugar and cinnamon to the saucepan and stir.

Now, roll up your apples into your crescent rolls and place them in an 8x8 pan.

Now, the really fun part: your dumplings are about to go swimming.  Cover those puppies in your melted butter mixture, and add the Dew.  A lot of it.  Don't be shy.

Now it's time for that amazing chemical reaction known as "baking."  Stick 'em in the oven, turn on your timer, and take fuzzy pictures of your family as they all excitedly wait for these to be ready to eat (that last step  is NOT optional!).

Seriously, these faces tell you how excited they are!


"Only one more year 'til I can eat them too!"
... okay, maybe not that face....
When the time is up, get them out of the oven, wait a few minutes for them to cool (or seconds, if you're impatient like me), and serve them up!

*initiate worst Schwarzenegger impression:*  "Make them.  Make them noooow!"

(Edit: there will be a lot of ooey gooey buttery saucey goodness on the bottom of the pan.  Be sure to spoon that over the dumplings when you serve them for full deliciousness!)


Amazing Crack-a-lackin' Best Ever Apple Dumplings (makes 8):

1 Large Granny Smith apple, peeled and cored
1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
1/4 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 small can (7.5 oz) Mountain Dew

*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
*Begin melting butter on low heat in a small saucepan.
*Peel and core your apple, cut into 8 slices.  Roll each slice into crescent roll dough, starting at the large end, pinch to seal, and place in 8x8 pan.
*Add sugar and cinnamon to the melted butter in the saucepan.  Pour over the dumplings.
*Pour the ENTIRE can of Mountain Dew over dumplings.
*Bake, uncovered, for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.

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