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It's National Apple Dumpling Day. Here are 5 ways to make them.

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Apple dumplings are the forgotten cousin of apple pie and often forgotten when it comes to apple-themed desserts.

But not today. It's National Apple Dumpling Day on Sept. 17, which means this is the only apple dessert you should be thinking of.

#SundayBrunch is right.

A dumpling is usually defined as a "small mass of leavened dough cooked by boiling or steaming," per Merriam-Webster. That's the "A" definition. But it's time to look at the "B" definition."

The B definition:

"A usually baked dessert of fruit wrapped in dough."

That's what we're celebrating today. The underdog.

There are many ways to wrap an apple in dough. Here's the simplest.

If you're in Connecticut, you're in luck. Traci's is putting vanilla glaze on them.

Instagram user Erica is cutting no corners, and even adding some, with this caramel sauce.

You can never go wrong with some french vanilla ice cream on the side, very à la mode.

If you've never made them, here's one recipe from AllRecipes.com you can't go wrong with (assuming the sweet smell doesn't make you faint).

You'll need:

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans of refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle of Mountain Dew
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F and grease a 9" X 13" baking dish.
  2. Cut each apple in 8 wedges. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in crescent roll dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew over the dumplings.
  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
What's your favorite apple dessert?

Bon appétit!

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