Red Hot Apple Dumplings

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Crisco
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 6 tart cooking apples


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Red Hots candy


  1. Dumplings: Sift flour with salt.
  2. Make a paste of 1/4 cup of flour and 1/4 cup water.
  3. Cut Crisco into remaining flour, then add flour paste. Mix thoroughly and divide into 6 parts. Roll each piece into 7- or 8-inch circles.
  4. Peel apples and core. Set each apple in center of circle. In core hole, put 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon butter, 6 Red Hots and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Fold up dough around each apple and seal tightly. Arrange in a 2-inch deep baking dish.
  5. Syrup: Make a syrup of sugar, water, butter and Red Hots; bring to a boil.
  6. Pour the syrup over dumplings in baking dish and bake at 425 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes. Baste the dumplings with the syrup several times while baking.