If you're looking for a super easy, yet unforgettable dessert, this is the one! These crescent roll apple dumplings take just a few minutes to prep, have a soft apple filling and a buttery rich Fireball Whiskey sauce - YUM!Jump to Recipe
I remember apple dumplings being such a treat when I was little. Mom would peel and core the apples, make a homemade crust, wrap the apples, and bake them until the apples were tender. Oh and serve them with ice cream, because ice cream is the perfect companion to any dessert, amiright?!
Those apple dumplings were absolute perfection. They were also time-consuming to put together…..which is probably why a working mother of four didn’t make them often!
As much as I seriously love those apple dumplings, most times, I’m looking for a quick and easy dessert. These crescent roll apple dumplings are soft apple slices wrapped in a buttery crescent roll and surrounded by a pool of cinnamon whiskey sauce.
These are rich, buttery, and 100% IRRESISTIBLE. Seriously, they’re addictive! I always tell myself that I should stop at one, but that’s like saying you’re only gonna have one potato chip. That’s just not happenin’!
So as much as I wish I would’ve been the one to come up with the idea of a simple crescent-wrapped apple dumpling, I’ve got Ree Drummond to thank! I’m a huge Pioneer Woman fan – how could you not be?! She’s got a super funny and bubbly personality, the best recipes and the most beautiful dinnerware and kitchen accessories! And there’s something about her adorable Oklahoman accent I just love!!! Ok, totally just went down a rabbit hole……back to the dumplings…..
Any Fireball whiskey fans out there? I wanted to incorporate Fireball to jazz up these dumplings and give them a boost of flavor. And wowza!!! Where is the heart eyes emoji when you need it?!! Apples, Fireball, crescent rolls…..ahh this is a match made in heaven!
How do I make crescent roll apple dumplings?
Easy!! Really, this recipe is easy. I'll break it down into a few simple steps...
- Prep the apples by coring, peeling, and cutting into 8 slices. Open the biscuit tube and separate the crescent roll dough.
- Roll a crescent dough piece around each apple and place in a baking pan with the "tail" of the dough under the dumpling.
- Combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and water in a saucepan and heat until the butter is melted and sugars dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the Fireball!
- Pour the sauce around the dumplings and sprinkle a cinnamon-sugar combo over each one.
- Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes or until the apples are tender and the tops are a beautiful golden brown.
How do I reheat apple dumplings?
Don't plan to have leftovers of these babies.....it's highly likely they'll be completely demolished. However, in the (rare) case that you do have leftovers, microwaving a couple at a time is simple.
I recommend putting 1-2 dumplings on a microwave safe plate, covering with a paper towel and nuking them for 15-20 seconds. And then of course top them with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy those incredible leftovers!
What's the best kind of apple to use for the dumplings?
For this recipe, I really like to use Granny Smith apples. The tartness from the apple pairs really nicely with the sweet and butter sauce. No Granny Smith's? No worries. Jonagolds and Braeburns will work great, too!
Can I use any other kinds of fruit instead of apples for this recipe?
Apples are a classic and a natural fit for the Fireball Whiskey. However, I've also tried these using peaches and I LOVED it. Instead of using one large apple, peel and remove the pit of two small fresh peaches. Cut each one into quarters and follow the recipe the same as you would from that point forward.
Using fresh peaches and apples are definitely the best way to go. However, if you only have a can of peach slices, that will work. I would recommend that you pat each slice down with a paper towel so it's easier to wrap and doesn't get as soggy inside.
Fireball Whiskey Apple Dumplings
- 1 large Granny Smith apple*
- 1 can regular-sized crescent rolls
- 5 tablespoon butter
- 1 ¼ c water
- ⅓ c sugar
- ⅓ c brown sugar
- 4 tablespoon Fireball cinnamon whiskey
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan and set aside.
- Peel and core the apple and cut into 8 slices.
- Open the can of crescent rolls and separate the 8 pieces of dough. Roll one piece of crescent dough around each apple slice and place in the prepared pan.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, water, sugar and brown sugar. Cook on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the whiskey. Pour around the dumplings.
- Combine the 2 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle overtop of the dumplings.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.