Apple Pie Dumplings with just 2 Ingredients! (Apple Pie Filling)

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2 Ingredient Apple Pie Dumplings collage with the pan of dumplings and some on the plate

Apple Pie Dumplings made with just two easy ingredients!  Simply add them to a baking dish and cook until tender and lightly browned.  Serve these dumplings warm out of the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of heavy cream.

Apple Pie Dumplings on a plate

This has to be the easiest dessert EVER, you’re just two ingredients away from an amazing dessert!  My 10 year old probably would’ve eaten the whole recipe had I let her (trust me, she asked)!

When purchasing canned apple pie filling, I highly recommend buying a good quality brand.  It may cost a few pennies extra, but this is the one place I think it’s worth it!  I’ve found most store brand pie fillings taste pretty close the the name brands…  except apple. The store brand apple pie fillings never seem to taste the same to me!

If you prefer, you can certainly use a quick homemade apple pie filling which only takes a few minutes to make! While this recipe calls for just one can of filling, adding two works great if you like more apples in your dessert (and increases the servings from 4 to 6).

2 Ingredient Apple Pie Dumplings in a casserole dish

Because our store doesn’t carry the apple pie filling with cinnamon, I like to add a dash of cinnamon.  Of course this takes the recipe from  2 ingredients to 3 but it also adds a lot of extra flavor! Feel free to get creative and toss in some pecans, walnuts, raisins, coconut or whatever you happen to have on hand!

You’ll want to ensure your apple/crescent mixture is spread out in a dish (mine was 2qt.).  After 15  minutes I flip the crescents over, you don’t have to but it gives a more even cook and makes sure everything is all spread out.

I personally top mine with ice cream (or whipped cream if it’s all I have on hand) but my husband LOVES to top his with heavy cream and a drizzle of caramel.

2 Ingredient Apple Pie Dumplings on a plate with ice cream


This recipe has been one of my top and most loved recipes forever!  I’ve made this countless times, always with great results. It’s amazing that combining Apple Pie filling and crescent rolls can create such a delicious dessert!

Find quick and easy stove top homemade apple pie filling recipe here!  This easy recipe is made on the stove top and makes the equivalent of one store bought can of pie filling! 

Note:  The baking time on this recipe can vary.  Mine always takes 25 minutes but depending on the dish you use, you may need to add a few minutes to your bake time.  Be sure that your dough is on top of the apples and somewhat spread out.  This will also work with rolls of biscuit dough.

2 Ingredient Apple Pie Dumplings on a plate with ice cream
4.98 from 35 votes
Review Recipe

Apple Pie Dumplings (2 Ingredients)

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Apple Pie Dumplings made with just two easy ingredients! Simply add them to a baking dish and cook until tender and lightly browned. Serve these dumplings warm out of the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of heavy cream.


  • 21 oz can of Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 roll crescent rolls
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Open crescent rolls and cut into 12-14 equal pieces.
  • Stir Apple Pie Filling and crescent rolls (and cinnamon if using) together to coat the crescents with the sauce.
  • Pour into a 2 qt casserole dish, ensuring the crescent pieces are on top of the pie filling.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until crescents are completely cooked flipping crescents after 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm with ice cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 347, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 513mg, Potassium: 66mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 2.6mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1.2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Needed something quick for a small Sunday dinner. My son loves apple pie but I didn’t have time for that. The crescent rolls took a little longer to bake than the suggested time) but when I took the dish out of the oven, I almost dropped it turning to set it on the counter because my son was all over me trying to get to it! It was delicious with my Southern Pecan Ice Cream. This one will be used often, I’m sure!5 stars

  2. So easy to make and tastes delicious! I used an apple pie filling that I made in the fall and froze. Served with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel to drizzle over everything, yum!5 stars

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe Brittany. Homemade apple pie filling would be so good with these dumplings!

  3. Hi! This sounds great and I have crescents on hand. But I also have a pie crust (Pillsbury) I wanted to use up. I saw you said it’d be good with biscuits also. Have you tried it with pie crust?

  4. cook for my wife on Sundays and tried this apple dumpling this Sunday. I did not have the recipe written down so just winged it from what I could remember. We loved it. She called her friends to brag about it. Next time (soon) I will add the nutmeg

  5. I was considering making this for Thanksgiving, but am confused by the wording… This is what you wrote: “ensuring the crescent pieces are on top of the pie filling.” So, I am confused, because you stated to “mix” everything together in the previous step. Can you clarify?

    1. Mix them together, but when putting it in the pan, place the crescent pieces on the top of the filling so they bake well.

  6. I’m confused with directions. Do you put the pie filling and crescent squares in the same bowl and stir them all up at once? Why not just put the crescent pieces on top?

    1. Yes you stir them all at once. The reason they’re stirred together is to coat all sides of the dumplings with the apple pie sauce.

  7. I don’t mean to sound stupid, but for the 2 ingredient apple pie dumplings, do you cut each crescent roll into 12-14 pieces or does this mean 12-14 pieces for all of them. Thanks so much for your help.

  8. Hi can anyone tell me if there is an alternative to crescent rolls here in Australia? I’ve been trying to find out for ages but no one can tell me. Thanks all. Rob

  9. I made the apple pie dumplings & it was a hit with the whole family! Will definitely make this more often.

  10. I used a whole tsp. of cinnamon, simply because my hubby likes it that way. It was so yummy. Could use this for company with a very good ice cream. I’m going to try peach next. Thanks so much!

  11. I wonder if I could make a few batches of the apple pie filling and freeze it so I could make a batch of dumplings before school, it would save me a little time. I like the homemade filling better than the canned.

  12. Made this and it was delicious! I mixed it all together with nutmeg and allspice then put a little brown sugar on top. When it came out of stove, I Topped it with nuts and ice cream and it was a hit! Quick, easy and delicious!!

  13. Can’t wait to try the Peach Dumplings and Apple Pie Dumplings. I think my family will LOVE them. Thank You for sharing them.

  14. I love your simple recipes you make cooking alot easier on these hot days don’t have to spend hours in kitchen. Thanks for putting these on here for us.

  15. Would you know if there is an equivalent in Australia for a crescent roll…we don’t have such a thing and wouldn’t know where to start. Thank you

  16. I am so anxious to try your receipe……looks fantastic I not even sure which one first !!

  17. Do you think I could add 2 packages of cresent rolls? I know I like more dumpling to fruit ratio but wasn’t sure it would be as good.

    1. I think that it would be fine, especially if you love dumplings! When you make it Jennifer please let me know how you liked it!

  18. I;m very Southern, who couldn’t love these dishes, i’m a baker myself. Thanks for sharing your recipes !!!!

  19. I made this and my dumplings are bigger almost cinnamon roll size it looks in the pics like you cut your roll lengthwise before cutting into 12 pieces is this accurate?

  20. I make Apple Dumplings using fresh apples and crescent rolls, 1 can of sprite, 1 cup of sugar, 1 stick of butter. Mix sprite, sugar and butter in a sauce pan and heat on stove until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Cut 2 apples in quarters. Separate crescent rolls and wrap each piece of apple with a crescent roll. Place in baking dish and pour sprite mixture over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. May use fresh peaches also.

  21. I used two cans of pie filling and a 13 x 9 x 2 pan. Then topped with Canned Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (2 cans) It took a little longer to cook but was great! Then topped with sweet icing when almost cool.

  22. Delicious, fast and easy, thanks for posting! I had to cook it longer. Next time I will make sure the oven is preheated, I suspect it was not yet 375 when I put the dish in the oven. I will also try heating the pie filling as suggested by a commenter. I used sugar free apple pie filling and Pillsbury crescent rolls and wish I had vanilla ice cream on hand.

  23. I was looking for a quick and simple dessert for Thanksgiving dinner. (I’m kinda not feeling making pound cakes from scratch this year.) I happened across this recipe and have just put my second batch in two days in the oven. The first batch was inhaled in hours.

    Thanks for sharing.

  24. I might try this over the weekend with my friend and her kids. I’ll get some French vanilla ice cream to go along with it. I like the idea that Brittney brought up of trying it with cinnamon roll dough but for the first time out I’ll stick with the recipe. I try to find some quick and easy treats to make with them and this fits the bill perfectly. Thanks you very much for this. :)

    1. Hello Icancount. One ingredient is optional, only two ingredients are required to make this recipe. Hope that helps.

  25. Don’t pay attention to the negative people. Just keep on with what you’re doing with your head held high. You’re doing a great job.

  26. Thanks for the recipe, this was so easy and so yummy!! I finally found a good use for that can of apple pie filling :)

    1. The cinnamon is optional. Are you using store brand crescents? Readers have mentioned that the Walmart brand is quite salty.

  27. It honestly drives me nuts when it’s written “only 2 ingredients”. It’s not! A roll of crescent dough has a ton ridiculous ingredients. This is not a recipe. It’s a hack for an apple pie – lets just call it that??!

    1. Really? When was the last time you saw a recipe that uses prepared items/products, list every ingredient in the products? You are ridiculous!

  28. if you are having trouble getting the rolls done, try heating the filling before you put the rolls on top. You can do this in the microwave. It will help tremendously.

  29. For those of you that insist on adding extra ingredients or just complaining about the recipe, try to remember this is just a 2 ingredient recipe you can make in no time. It’s just a fun and easy recipe to try. If you like it fine if not throw away the recipe. Nobody made any guaranties. So come on guys it’s just a 2 ingredient recipe, have fun!!

  30. I tried this recipe tonight and it was soo delicious!! I will definitely be making again!! Thanks for this amazing recipe

  31. I didnt understand when the recipe says mix all together then put into a pan and make sure the cresents are on top of the apples. .. Do I mix together and then put the apples down first then top it with the cresents? Then flip after 15 minutes?

    1. When pouring it into the baking dish I just try to make sure the dough is on top. You mix it together so the dough gets coated in the apple filling but they cook better if they are on top in the dish.

  32. I saw this a while back n I keep meaning to make it but I keep forgeting, went to the pantry doubleckecked on that pie filling and definitely making it later tonight with dinner, I’m sure both my little girl n husband will love it!

  33. I made this last night it was quick and simple and easy to make, and it was to my surprise very delicious so delicious that when I came back this morning to have a little for breakfast my son who is home from college eat it all. He said it was very good so I have to make more because my 9 year old did not get to taste it because she likes things fresh out of the oven she doesn’t like to microwave anything.
    Thank you sooo much for posting this recipe on Facebook.

  34. To help with cooking the rolls, heat the pie filling first before placing the cut rolls on top. I have noticed that fillings need to be hot when placing them into unbaked pie crust.

  35. Has anyone tried rolling some filling up in the crescent rolls and baking them so they’d be more like turnovers? I’m thinking a little butter and cinnamon on top would keep them from browning too much.

    1. I have done it — it is AWESOME!! just don’t use the icing — I cut them in 1/4s and smooshed them before rolling

  36. I had the same issue the dough would just not cook not matter what I did. It got to the point where I had to scoop the dough out and pitch it because the rest of the dish was drying out from bring cooked so long.

    1. I’m going to have to play with the recipe and see why that’s happening to a few of you! Most people have no problem but there are a few that it doesn’t cook through. Are you using Pillsbury brand?

  37. Ok so I JUST made this and it was soooooooo delicious!!!!! I kept it in the over for 20 minutes or until the rolls were golden brown. I then took out of the oven and turned the rolls over as they were a little gooey. So I baked for an additional 10 minutes. I did add a little bit of powdered sugar/ milk mixture on the top while still hot and OMG…. FREAKING AWESOME! Another thing I added that I thought would be good was chopped pecans! Wonderful recipe! I thought I’d screw it up based on some reviews, but I didn’t! Yay me!!!
    Husband approved!

  38. I don’t get it. Why did only one other person have my experience? I read through all the reviews before I made this. Only one negative one. I got up this morning at 6:30 and started making this for a work function. It’s an hour and half later and it’s still not done! I put the croissants on top of the filling because I was afraid they wouldn’t get done. After 25 minutes of baking at 375, I pulled it out of the oven. The top of the croissants were done but the inside and bottom was all mushy. Not near done. Flipped the croissants over and put it back in for another 25. Still not done! Did what I should have done in the first place and took a scissors and chopped them into little pieces. 10 more min in the oven. Kinda done. Shoved them back in and now I’m waiting another ten minutes. Honestly, I love the idea of this recipe. But I’m really disappointed.
    I could easily have done something wrong. But there are like, 3 steps to this recipe so I’m not sure what happened. Possibly my oven is way off. But I haven’t noticed that when I bake other things.
    I’m taking them for my co-workers, most of whom have an Amish background and have been baking since they were in diapers. If they enjoy it, then it was all worth it. Here’s hoping they don’t shun me for this dish lol.
    I hope I didn’t offend anyone. Just sharing my experience.

    1. I can’t say for sure why you had trouble; mine definitely cooked in 25 minutes (I used Pillsbury, not store brand) and placed the casserole dish on the middle rack of the oven. Because it is sitting on the pie filling, the bottom of the crescents will definitely be a little bit softer/wet. There have been a couple of readers who also said that their crescents didn’t cook through in 25 minutes but I’m not sure why. I understand why you feel disappointed that it took much longer than expected (an hour and a half to cook store bought crescents is a very long time!!) Hopefully when all was said and done, the end result was delicious.

  39. If you want healthier version, see if you can find Immaculate Baking Co. crescent rolls…usually at Whole Foods but now I even see them at the regular store..yay!

  40. I’m wondering if you couldn’t take the big canned biscuits and cut into 4th and make this recipe…even add some nuts and cook in a loaf pan.

  41. Try adding 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the recipe. Every time I use a canned pie filling I add cinnamon nad nutmeg to it. Turns out great.

  42. I made this using 1 can of peach pie filling and 1/2 can of blueberry pie filling and it was delicious! It did take longer for the crescent dumplings to bake but it was worth the wait!

    1. Nowhere did I find the oven temp. 350? 400? It sounds as tho a squeeze of lemon juice might help it for those who think it will be too sweet, but ‘too sweet’ is what dessert’s all about, isn’t it??? Just have less!

  43. This looks delicious! My family loves apple pie and cobbler and I am hoping this will be about the same. Not everyones taste is the same…ignore the negative and keep giving good recipes!!

  44. This is so easy and even better! Muy guy requested it two night in a row… So good over vanilla bean ice cream!

  45. I made this and it was super easy but I did have some tips. Directions say to mix the filing and crescent roll dough together but I found the dough that was mixed Into the filling would not cook. The dough set on the top cooked fine. I cooked for over 45 minutes without the dough inside getting remotely cooked. I ended up pulling them out and putting on top but at that point the original dough in top was well done and it left the dough getting cooked unevenly with some being perfect(those moved on top last) and the rest very well done. An easy fix but it almost tripled the cooking time. Next time I’ll know better.
    Once out of the oven I recommend putting butter on the rolls and sprinkling just a little sugar on them.

    1. Thank you for sharing your tips Tara! Mine didn’t take that long but ovens can definitely vary! I love the idea of butter & sugar on top! :)

    2. I also had the same problem. The rolls wouldn’t cook, they were browning on top but raw underneath. I flipped several times and it took way longer than expected. The end result was good. Since I have medicine to take once a week, (can’t lay down for 30 minutes after taking and can’t eat for 1 hour), I made them for a Sunday breakfast. I will make again but next time I know to start earlier.

  46. fixing to try the only problem when I took them out of oven severs pieces the dough didn’t cook through they were wet & gooy raw so flipped & cooking longer

    1. Mine took closer to 25 minutes.. if yours aren’t cooked through then definitely flipping them and cooking a bit longer is a great idea!

  47. Hi Holly, thanks.. this looks great, I don’t have the time to make stuff like this from scratch so this is awesome, don’t take to heart a couple of the negative comments, you can’t please everyone. It’s quick and easy and it’s something you can make in a pinch with stuff you have in the fridge and pantry. I love the idea, keep them coming please.

  48. Just made this recipe with WalMart frozen buttermilk biscuits! Cut each biscuits into fourths and baked a little longer than the recipe stated. Seriously yummy! Turns out more the dumplings in cobbler. Thanks for the recipe.

  49. this is sure to be a hit with our grandchildren! I invite you to share at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ( every Thursday or you can link up today until midnight) Hugs!

  50. Congratulations!
    Your Recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    1. I would think real apples would work but I haven’t tried it that way. You may like to add some of the same ingredients you use in apple pie (including something to thicken them so they don’t get runny).

  51. THANK YOU for the amazing quick and easy recipe!! Please come again soon to the Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop and bring more amazing recipes please. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  52. I resend my comment of August 9, 2014. It was based on the teaspoon I sampled when it first came out of the oven. My husband said it tasted nasty and wouldn’t eat it. Also, using Comstock apple pie filling, it is way too sweet and tastes like Pillsbury bread dough–nothing homemade tasting or pastry about it. Save your time, money and ingredients! This is not good!

    1. So you tried a recipe that wasn’t to your or your family’s liking, why such negativity? Taste buds & flavor palettes are like a person’s looks – subjective especially depending on how educated the palette is but I have to say, certainly you knew your families’ tastes before making this easy recipe and I say tasty recipe. Some people just like the drama which is sad but if you were an experienced cook or knew what your family liked, I am sure you have used canned pie filling before and knew you could modify that with fresh fruit or flavoring or even a fresh fruit thickened with sugar, flour, cornstarch or any homemade pie filling recipe from fresh fruit and not liking crescent roll dough, then easy few ingredients to make your own dough, roll it out, ball it up and follow the instructions from that point. So why would you make a recipe disliking ALL 2 ingredients?? Both common ingredients that I am sure you have tasted before. Really? Or was it just to post (to quote your hubby’s elaborate vocabulary) a ‘nasty’ review? SMH and rolling my eyes. Do yourself and all of us a favor and don’t follow the site or try any of these recipes!!! A recipe is a guide (hello common sense)….and substitutions of like/similar ingredients and enhancements are part of making a recipe our own based on our personal tastes, likes and dislikes….I love this basic starter and added my own touches, still quick and easy and delish!!!

  53. Thank You for stopping by Inspire Us Tuesdays and leaving some inspiration behind. We would love for you to visit each week and leave some inspiration, find some inspiration, and borrow some of these ideas for yourself for the future.

  54. This is great to make in a pinch. I love apple pie and I love dumplings so win-win!

    Passing by from Melt in Your Mouth Mondays.


  55. Oh my. I think you are brilliant! Love this! It looks so wonderful, I think I can smell it baking! I would love if you would stop by and share this at my new link party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating what we do every day!
    Hope to see you there!

  56. I love this..this would also work for blackberry or blueberry dumplings never thought of apple…fixing it tomorrow for dessert.

  57. Just found you on a blog hop! WOW!!!!! You’ve got some great stuff out there. Subscribed and am looking forward to future posts! (Just spent about 45 minutes poking around!!!) Glad I found you!!!! Blessings! Kelly

  58. Simple and delish! I dotted the top with drops of butter before sprinkling cinnamon and baking. Adds a richness to the flavor!

  59. Hi Holly,
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! Looks simple and delicious!
    Two questions: which brand apple pie filling do you recommend? And which brand (and what sized can) do you recommend for the crescent rolls?
    Thanks in advance for your time and help!

    1. Hi Rosie! Comstock is a great brand for pie filling (and available at Walmart). I always use Pillsbury crescent rolls and it’s an 8oz tube.

      Enjoy!! :) Holly

  60. Hi Holly,
    Delicious and just getting ready for fall desserts! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  61. I think this will be a great dish for my teenage grandchildren to do. I’m always looking for recipes for them to learn. It will be a treat for me to have them fix this. I’m also thinking using the cinnamon rolls would be fun for Thanksgiving or Christmas or a special occasion. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  62. These look absolutely yummy! Thank you for sharing.
    I will be trying these this weekend! Joyce G. has a
    great idea as well. I think I’ll try that one too! Such
    great ideas here. I’m bookmarking your page here
    and following you on Pinterest!

  63. I made these over the weekend with reduced fat crescent rolls and no sugar added pie filling. They were great and the whole dish was still under 1000 calories!!! Just thought I would put it out there for those worried about too many calories.

  64. I LOVE finding recipes with minimal ingredients! This looks like the perfect dessert to enjoy on a fall evening. Pinning this!

  65. My mother-in-law used to make Apple Dumplings a lot way back when and have been looking for an easy way to make them, thank you so much

  66. I have done this using the tubed refrigerated cinnamon rolls! DELISH!
    Sprinkle an extra brown sugar/cinnamon combo on top for extra sweetness.

    1. I haven’t done it that way but it sounds delicious! I would suggest adding the same ingredients to the peaches you would as if you were making a pie (cornstarch/flour etc) (so it doesn’t become too watery).

      1. I posted this to my sis in law’s page. Since my brother LOVES cherry pie, I suggested that she use canned cherry filling instead of the apple you suggested. :) Your apple would probably be my fav. though.

        1. Yum, made it today, using cherry pie filling, a handful of dried cherries, 1/2 t almond extract and the cinnamon….it is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

          1. I can’t wait to try this with cherry too and I love the idea of adding the almond extract! That would be delicious!!

  67. In a can of crescent rolls there are 8 triangles but they are four and each section so do you cut each section into 12 pieces

      1. Crescent rolls are small croissants. Pillsbury makes them. They are in the store by the canned biscuits. Hope this helps.

      2. Donna, I’m an Australian living in the US and I don’t know of a product to use as a substitute. I know when family visit me from Australia they have never seen anything like the Pilsbury products we have over here.

        1. Aussies…

          Can you post the recipe for puff or short crust pastry??? I’m in the US but can’t use there pre-made items do to the colors they add to the product.

          Thanks in advance.

      3. Send me an Australian man lol. Ill cook some Alabama meal. I hear Australian men are good honest and faithful. Is it true. And the pie is delicious

        1. Whenever a cashier at a grocery store asks me if I found everything okay, I always say, I’m still looking for the aisle with the rich, good looking, straight men who will adore me.

      1. I am baking it as I type…… I added additional fresh sliced apple along with Irish butter, cinnamon and fresh grated nutmeg…..if the taste  is anything like the smell it will be heaven.  I also am baking it for 40 minutes.  Thank you sooooo much for this recipe!