Baked Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dumplings
Baked Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dumplings

Baked Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dumplings

Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking, adapted from Brown Eyed Baker and Taste of Home
Yield: 4 servings

Baked Apple Dumplings with a cinnamon cheesecake center. These are a heavenly fall dessert!

Pastry Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup lard or vegetable shortening, chilled
1/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into cubes
3 tablespoons ice water

Apple Ingredients:
4 medium apples, peeled
2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cheesecake Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 egg

Sauce Ingredients:
3/4 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter, cubed
pinch salt
Werther’s Original® Baking Caramels, melted
toasted pecans*

*Note: To toast pecans, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 6 minutes or until fragrant, tossing several times.

Make the pastry: Pulse the flour and salt together in the bowl of a food processor to combine. Add the lard in hunks and pulse for about 10 seconds until it’s the texture of coarse sand. Add in the chunks of cold butter and pulse for about 10 pulses until butter pieces are no larger than small peas. Add 3 tablespoons of ice cold water and turn food processor on low — the dough should form a dough ball in a few seconds. If the dough remains crumbly and doesn’t come together, add another tablespoon of water. Add as little water total as is required for the dough to form a ball. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions on sheets of plastic wrap, form each into a disk, and chill for at least 20-30 minutes while completing the rest of the recipe.

Make the cheesecake: In a medium bowl, mix the cheesecake filling ingredients together. Scrape the filling into a ziplock bag and chill while you complete the rest of the recipe.

Prepare the apples: Core each of your peeled apples, taking out a core of about 1 to 1 1/2-inch diameter so you have space for your cheesecake filling. Mix together the 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon to form a cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll each apple in the mixture. Reserve any leftover cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Assemble: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Roll out each portion of the pie pastry on a lightly floured surface to a rough 7-inch square. Place an apple on the center of each. Cut off the corner of the ziplock bag of cheesecake filling and pipe filling into the center of each apple. Then pull up the corners of the pie pastry and tuck each corner into the center of the apple, pinching the dough together to seal. Place the apples into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Make the sauce: Heat the brown sugar, water, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until it boils, stirring occasionally. Pour the sauce over the apples and bake them, basting occasionally, for 50 to 55 minutes or until tender and golden brown. If the cheesecake seems to be getting too dark on top, cover it with a snippet of foil. Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream, a drizzle of melted Werther’s caramel, and toasted pecans.

14 Comments on Baked Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dumplings

  1. Trisha
    October 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, YUM! This is a perfect fall dessert!

    I feel you on the awkward zumba-ing. I have no rhythm and consequently feel judged by all the booty-dancing experts.

  2. Ala
    October 21, 2013 at 12:20 am (9 years ago)

    Ooookay, that has got to be the best zumba story ever–and I only get to say this BECAUSE…I do Zumba at home. On my Wii. And believe it or not, it’s actually pretty darn close to the real thing. The only discouraging part is when your fake Latin-American male avatar does body rolls 80 bajillion times more sexily on the screen than you are in your sweats. Alone. And at home. Body rolls. Yeah. But you should keep it up, Zumba CAN be really fun! <3 Loving these dumplings by the way, girl!

  3. Lori in NC
    October 21, 2013 at 8:59 am (9 years ago)

    These look heavenly. Do you think it would be ok to assemble the dumplings, and refrigerate them for a few hours befor you put them in the oven?

    • Julie Ruble
      October 21, 2013 at 9:01 am (9 years ago)

      I ALMOST did that! I ended up not doing so, so I can’t be sure, but I think you could!

  4. Karly
    October 21, 2013 at 9:16 am (9 years ago)

    See! THAT’S why I don’t go to the gym! Stress isn’t good for the body. Neither is humiliation. I’m totally doing myself a favor by staying home eating cookies. Or dumplings. Because, man. I want one of these dumplings!

  5. Julie Reulbach
    October 21, 2013 at 11:10 am (9 years ago)

    Seriously?!? PARTNER ZUMBA? Like it isn’t awkward enough booty shaking in gym clothes for God’s sake. What’s wrong with these people? As teachers, we know that is just WRONG girl, so don’t fret, because IT’S NOT YOU. 😉

    This recipe sounds so amazing and I can’t wait to try it. Amy called me the “new” Julie. 🙁 Miss you soooo much!

    • Julie Ruble
      October 22, 2013 at 10:54 am (9 years ago)

      RIGHT?! It’s like cruel and unusual punishment. LOL. I miss you too 🙁

  6. Julie Reulbach
    October 21, 2013 at 11:15 am (9 years ago)

    Side note, I tried to toast Walnuts in the microwave and almost blew my house up. I cut the “roast your nuts in the microwave” recipe into fourths but forgot to cut down the microwave time. Duh, math teacher and baker FAIL. The entire glass pyrex turned dark brown (right before it exploded), smoked profusely, and smelled up my kitchen for days. Just say no to short cuts.

    • Julie Ruble
      October 22, 2013 at 10:55 am (9 years ago)

      WHOA!! I’m so glad nobody was hurt — and I have to admit I’m dying over the image! I’ve totally exploded a Pyrex before!

  7. Anna @ Bashful Bao
    October 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm (9 years ago)

    What a crazy gym experience! I’m the exact same way in zumba…I can never follow along properly and end up looking quite weird. But darn, does that apple dumpling look good! I’ve been wanting to make them for a while, and I think was just the inspiration I needed!!

  8. DessertForTwo
    October 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh, Julie! Your day sounds awful, but you burned extra calories at the gym, so eat extra dumplings 😉

  9. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
    October 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm (9 years ago)

    These are kind of mind blowing, can I come over and eat all the leftovers?

  10. A_Boleyn
    November 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm (9 years ago)

    After a exercise class like that one I would have stopped off at Tim Hortons Donuts on the way home for a 6 pack or even a dozen of my favourite donuts ( Boston Cream and various jelly filled) and not taken the time to make the dumplings. Maybe if they were already in my fridge, I’d have nuked one to take the chill off and dug in. 🙂


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