Cranberry Apple Dumplings with Crimson Sauce

Cranberry Apple Dumplings with Crimson Sauce

Pick pastry to serve to your guests. Wrapped around tart apples and a cranberry sauce, pastry dumplings are a dessert everyone loves.

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can (16 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
cup orange juice or water
tablespoons red cinnamon candies
cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
teaspoon salt
to 7 tablespoons cold water
small cooking apples (each about 3 inches in diameter), peeled and cored
teaspoons sugar
egg, slightly beaten
Additional sugar, if desired
Fresh mint leaves, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 400ºF. Lightly grease bottom of jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch, or large cookie sheet with shortening. In 1-quart saucepan, heat cranberry sauce, orange juice and candies over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and candies are melted; remove from heat.
  2. In medium bowl, cut shortening into flour and salt, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary). Roll pastry into rectangle, 18x16 inches. Cut pastry into four 8-inch squares, using pastry cutter or knife. Cut leaves from remaining 2-inch piece of pastry, using small leaf-shape cutter, pastry cutter or knife.
  3. Place apple on each pastry square. Spoon 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce mixture into center of each apple. Sprinkle each apple with 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Moisten corners of pastry squares. Bring 2 opposite corners of pastry up over apple; pinch to seal. Repeat with remaining corners; pinch edges of pastry to seal. Decorate with pastry leaves. Place dumplings in pan. Brush with egg; sprinkle with additional sugar.
  4. Bake about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Garnish each dumpling with mint leaf. Serve warm with remaining sauce mixture.
Makes 4 servings
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Time Saver
Use Betty Crocker® pie crust mix for the scratch pie crust in this recipe and save time.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 875
    • (Calories from Fat 385),
  • Total Fat 43g
    • (Saturated Fat 11g,),
  • Cholesterol 55mg;
  • Sodium 340mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 119g
    • (Dietary Fiber 5g,
  • Protein 8g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.