Apple dumplings bring smiles to tests and trials

We all agree, the last few weeks have been trying for the residents of Jack county and the surrounding area. Almost daily threats of bad storms have kept us looking toward the skies regularly. There has been a bright spot in the dark, her name is Lucille and she has been the May “Kitchen~ista”. So far, Lucille has brought to our taste buds delightful fares from the dessert table (starting the process with a Darn Good Pie, and recently a Chocolate Pecan pie) to a bountiful main course dish of Potato Soup.

So, as I found myself busy chasing storm stories, I wondered what amazing recipe she would share with us this past week (yes, I am a day late but I will take liberty to blame it on the holiday…) and what she brought was one of the all time favorites for me, a dish that I had always secretly hoped to have one day and one that is rarely seen in print….Apple Dumplings! These delicious delights have given me reason to look forward each year to the Reindeer Games! Yes, the door prizes are always great but…it’s the booth belonging to the First United Methodist Church that I head for. It is there that I find these wonderful delicacies! You can not imagine the delight I felt when I saw the pan full of dumplings. It was like being accepted to the “cool table” at high school, I knew it was special! And, when I tasted them, it erased all of the tough moments that I had been witness to (if for just a moment) and made the world right again. Yes, let’s salute the POWER OF THE DUMPLING! I hope that you enjoy these every bit as much as I do! Thank you Lucille!! I can not wait to make mine!

Apple Dumplings

  • 2 cans crescent rolls (8 rolls each)
  •  2 Large Granny Smith apples
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 can of Mountain Dew (12 oz) may also use Sprite or 7 Up
  • 1 & 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon to taste

grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Preheat oven to 350°. Peel, core and cut each apple into 8 equal slices. Open rolls, separate. Wrap a piece of dough around each apple slice. Place face down in pan. In a medium saucepan, melt butter, add sugar and stir until mixed well. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour butter mixture over rolls. Pour soda around the edge of pan and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes, uncovered.

Editor’s note: I had a bite of one right out of the oven, and it was soooo good. But, I ate the rest after it had cooled for about 20 minutes, it was warm but not hot, and the flavor was AMAZING!! Paired with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream would be out of this world for family gatherings!!IMG_2150

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