Apple Dumplings, and the Winners Are…

Yes, those are what you think they are…the Pioneer Woman’s famous apple dumplings…made with crescent rolls, apples, butter, sugar, and a nice dose of Mountain Dew. They are sinfully, outrageously, spectacularly good…no surprise since pretty much everything she makes falls into this same category.

As I hope you have heard at this point, you too can get your mitts on a wonderful collection of Pioneer Woman recipes, along with a good dose of her warm and hilarious writing and page after page of her gorgeous photographs in her new cookbook.

As you may have heard, I got my OWN mitts on three copies of this fab cookbook, and asked you guys to leave a comment on my Sesame Noodles post suggesting something for me to make and photograph. And as a result, I have tons of great suggestions…and three lucky winners! As a matter of fact, there were SO many wonderful comments that I had to enlist the helpful Southern husband to close his eyes and pick the winners. And they are…

Katie, who suggested lasagne. I can’t believe I haven’t done a lasagne yet. One lasagne coming up.

Leah, who suggested making something for the dog. Okay Leah, how much did the dog PAY you?? But seriously…what a fun idea! And I actually do have a dog biscuit recipe. It’s at the very, very back of my stack of all the people recipes. I’ll move it on up.

And finally, Jenny, who suggested that I try the Pastor Ryan’s Carbonara on the Pioneer Woman site. Jenny, I made this tonight, and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I’ve made a lot of carbonaras along the way, but this one is honestly, truly, amazingly better than any of those other ones in my past. I’ll put it on the blog very soon…I did get a pretty sweet picture of it.

I wish I had a copy of this gorgeous cookbook for everyone who commented, and I will definitely be trying a lot of your great ideas…and doing more cookbook giveaways in the future, so keep visiting! Thanks for your comments, every one of them, and click here for more info on this rocking great cookbook:


And try the apple dumpling recipe. You simply won’t believe your tastebuds….

APPLE DUMPLINGS, from The Pioneer Woman 

Apple Dumplings, and the Winners Are…
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 cans crescent rolls
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • 12 ounces Mountain Dew
  1. Peel and core apples. Cut apples into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.


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  1. Jenny says

    Thank you so very much!!! I'm going to write about this on my blog. I am so excited!

    And I'm so glad you liked the Carbonara! It's hands down one of my favorite recipes and we pull it out for every special occasion and sometimes just a late night family meal. I can't wait to see your picture!!

    Thanks again!

  2. Grace says

    i’ve never been one to turn down any type of apple dessert, but this one’s particularly appealing. it’s so weird to me to see soda used in this way, but i have complete faith in ree. nicely done!

  3. Aileen Morgan says

    Being the lucky sister I am, I got to try both the dumplings and the carbonara. WOW!! Don't be surprised if you catch me sneaking in your fridge, Kate. 😉

  4. Photogramommy says

    I saw this yesterday and made it to take to the guys in the field last night for supper and it was SO AWESOME!! Thank you for posting this…it was so easy to make and so good. Someone asked me how I made the pastry…ha! I would never home-make pastry again after trying this recipe! This also inspired to order the cookbook. Thank you again!

  5. Jodi Mindell says

    OMG!!!! I finally broke down and made this recipe. We had a moment of silence in honor of how incredible these were.

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