Easy Apple Dumplings with Sprite

‘Who knew that crescent rolls, cinnamon sugar apples, brown sugar, butter and sprite could make the best easy apple dumplings with sprite ever!


a blue china plate with two apple dumplings and caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream on top


Ditch your old Apple Dumplings Recipe. Do it. Ditch it. This Easy Apple Dumplings with Sprite recipe has a couple of very minor changes that make a HUGE difference and I’m totally not kidding. I’ll never make another apple dumplings recipe again.

This recipe reminds me so much of my grandma’s apple rolls recipe just because that sugar liquid is so deceiving. You pour it all around the rolls and it almost puts you into  a panic attack seeing all of that liquid around dough, like is this really going to work?! Are they going to be a soggy mess?!

And then those golden, crisp, pillows of dough come out and you’re a real life hero to the whole family.



a blue china plate with two apple dumplings and caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream on top


Easy Apple Dumplings with Sprite

This is seriously the craziest apple dessert recipe. Most apple desserts seem to pull from apple pie a bit.

Think about it, apple crisp, similar to apple pie or dutch apple pie, or apple pull apart bread, still those yummy apple pie apples! Or one of my all time faves, Brown Butter Apple Pie Scones!

This recipe is similar but as I’ve been making recipes from others over the years I felt like there was always something missing. Sure, it is a good recipe and one that your guests will love you for, but couldn’t it be taken up a notch without changing the whole recipe?


a white casserole dish with apple dumplings


The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

We started experimenting, a lot.

Too much.

I could hardly stand to look at another apple dumpling recipe, let alone the apple dumpling itself.

And then it hit me, when you’re trying to do something awesome and it’s not coming together, go back to the original recipe.

So I did. And do you know what I discovered? The apples were not like an apple pie, they were completely plain.

No, no, no! Apples need a little cinnamon sugar action to really drive home that fall smell and flavor!


Brown Sugar Butter Sauce

Well don’t stop there, I thought. We need a little cinnamon action in the butter mixture as well. Too many recipes called for just butter and brown sugar.

No. We need more.

We added vanilla and cinnamon. Let’s get this party started!


a white casserole dish with apple dumplings


 Sprite for Apple Dumplings?

Yes, you read right, we want to use a lemon lime soda around the dumplings, but never over the dumplings.

If you pour the lemon lime soda over the dumplings the brown sugar butter sauce won’t have a chance to crisp up the topping and we aren’t looking for soggy dumplings.

But then I changed that too.

Everyone said to use 1 1/2 cups of sprite with the apple dumplings, but I just found that to be too much. We lowered it to 1 cup so the sprite for sure wouldn’t go over the top but you’d still end up with a caramel sauce underneath.


a blue china plate with two apple dumplings and caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream on top



How to Make Apple Dumplings with Crescent Rolls

You can make homemade crescent rolls, but then this goes from easy recipe, to crazy long recipe. So, to make apple dumplings with crescent rolls, just buy a package of original, not butterflake or fat free crescent rolls from your local store.

Keep the dough in the fridge until you’re ready to use it and then carefully separate each triangle on a Silpat or parchment paper to keep it from sticking.

The apples need to be peeled, chopped and rolled in cinnamon sugar before being rolled up in the crescent roll dough, and then it’s a matter of pouring things over the top!


How to Make Crescent Rolls from Scratch

Like I said, making crescent rolls from scratch is a bit of a process compared to just buying them, but you also know that we ADORE homemade bread so if you’d like to make them use this recipe for Homemade Crescent Rolls by Brown Eyed Baker.


a blue china plate with two apple dumplings and caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream on top


Can you Use 7 UP Instead of Sprite?

Everyone always asks about the pop or soda for apple dumplings. You can actually use three different kinds of pop.

  1. Sprite for Apple Dumplings
  2. 7 Up for Apple Dumplings
  3. Mtn Dew for apple dumplings


What Temp to Bake Apple Dumplings?

Apple Dumplings should be baked in a hot oven.

350 degrees puts just the right crispness in the top of the apple dumplings.


How Long Are Apple Dumplings Good For?

Apple Dumplings can be kept for up to two days at room temperature.

Cover lightly and refrigerate for up to an additional 2-3 days.


a blue china plate with two apple dumplings and caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream on top


Can You Make Apple Dumplings Ahead of Time?

You can make apple dumplings a day ahead of time.

Place on wax paper and refrigerate until ready to bake.


Can You Freeze Baked Apple Dumplings?

Place the assembled apple dumplings on a sheet pan and freeze for one hour.

After an hour, place the dumplings in a seal-able freezer bag and freeze for up to six months.


a blue china plate with two apple dumplings and caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream on top


How to Reheat Apple Dumplings

To reheat apple dumplings, stick them in a pan with tinfoil over the top and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Or you can use the microwave for about 15 seconds.



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Easy Apple Dumplings with Sprite

Easy Apple Dumplings with Sprite
Who knew that crescent rolls, cinnamon sugar apples, brown sugar butter and sprite could make the best easy apple dumplings with sprite ever!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 2 Granny Smith or Honey-crisp apples, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 1/2-2 Tablespoons Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • Two 8-ounce cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 Cup Sprite or 7 Up though we prefer Sprite


  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F.
  2. Take one stick of the butter, and grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
  3. Place remaining butter and the other stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl.
  4. Peel and core apples, then cut apples into 16 thin slices.
  5. Toss the apples in a large bowl with the cinnamon sugar and flour.
  6. Pat out each crescent triangle a little bigger.
  7. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll and place in a buttered dish.
  8. Melt the butter
  9. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
  10. Pour over the tops of all the dumplings.
  11. Pour the soda in the middle and along the edges of a pan(not over the rolls!!)
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until they become golden brown.
  13. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or alone.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 377 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 278mg Carbohydrates: 47g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 29g Protein: 3g

a blue china plate with two apple dumplings and caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream on top


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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6 comments on “Easy Apple Dumplings with Sprite”

  1. THEN (not than) cut each apple.

    And if you have 2 apples and cut EACH into 16 pieces, you have 32 apple slices. The instructions say to roll ONE apple slice in a crescent dough . . . but there are only 16 crescent rolls and 32 pieces of apple . . .
    I’ll cut the apples into EIGHT pieces each but if I think they are too thick, I’ll go thinner and have some left over. I like this recipe because of the cinnamon sugar–not sure I’ve seen that before although I have made this but its been quite awhile so I don’t remember how thick to make the apples.

    • Hi Judy! Thank you for the typo correction! For rest, I will check the instructions. Sorry about the confusion. You want the apple slices quite thin so they cook through completely.

    • Ok, I’ve updated the instructions. You want to cut each apple into 8 slices, so that you have 16 total. Thank you for bringing that to our attention!

  2. Perhaps I’m missing something.  2 cans of crescent rolls will be 16 rolls. 2 apples, each sliced into 16 slices, will yield 32 apple slices. The directions say to place 1 apple slice on each roll. That leaves 16 apple slices, or 1 apple, and no rolls.  1 thin slice of apple per crescent roll doesn’t seem  very proportionate. 

  3. Can you clarify the temp for me? The recipe says 350, but in the tips section above it, you say 400. Which is correct?

  4. These sound and look so good. However do we bake them at 400 or 350? Your blog description says a hot 400 degree oven but the recipe says 350, so which do I use to make them?

    I love most of your recipes. I tried your Carolina Pulled Pork and we loved it. It makes a lot so I have the uneaten portions in the freezer for quick dinners. Yum!