Caramel Dumplings

A favorite of children!


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream or ice cream (optional)


  1. Combine 2 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and boiling water and let come to a boil.
  2. Sift dry ingredients and cut in remaining 1/4 cup butter; add milk and vanilla extract. Mix quickly.
  3. Drop by teaspoons into boiling caramel sauce.
  4. Cover and simmer slowly for 20 minutes. Don't lift lid during cooking.
  5. Remove dumplings from sauce with a slotted spoon.
  6. Serve hot with sauce.
  7. Top with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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