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Easy Apple Blackberry Mini Cinnamon Dumplings


Easy apple blackberry mini cinnamon dumplings are a delicious, easy, old-fashioned dessert made right on your stovetop. The mini cinnamon dumplings mean everyone can enjoy a dumpling or two with stewed fruit. After all, it’s those fluffy, steamed dumplings we used to fight over as kids. A fall apple and blackberry blend make a colorful fruit compote to accompany the soft, sweet dumplings.

Growing up in the North meant having surplus apples in the fall. I grew up eating apple dumplings often in the fall. When I introduced my kids to the steamed fruit treat, THEY WERE HOOKED! After all, who can resist the light steamed dumplings like little clouds nestled in a bright bowl of fruit?

I decided to shake it up and make the dumplings mini this fall. The large dumplings are great in a stew but clunky with a fruit dessert. I have added cinnamon and a bit more sugar to these dumplings to make them extra sweet. Sometimes, locating an excellent steamed dumpling recipe can lead you to the savory variety. Still, it falls flat in a dessert recipe.

If you love apple desserts, be sure to follow because I will be baking up more soon!

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Let’s start peeling and coring the apples for this fruit dumpling recipe!

The first part of this recipe is pretty straightforward. We must choose our apples and peel and core them. You can leave the peel on, but it’s a bit chewy when cooked and can detract from the tasty little dumplings in fruit compote.

After you have the apples peeled and cored, cut them into smaller pieces; keeping them uniform will ensure they cook at the same speed. We are doing all of the cooking in this recipe in just one Dutch oven. So into the pot goes the apples and rinsed blackberries. We add water, sugar, and half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the fruit.

Give it a stir and turn it on to med-high so it can boil. Put the lid on and let it cook while you make the dumplings.

In a bowl, measure your dry ingredients. Please give it a stir to blend them well. When making baking powder dumplings, you must be careful not to overwork the mixture. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the milk. Stir it all together and set aside.

We want to check on the fruit. If it looks semi-cooked, so the apples are soft, you can use a masher to smush them up. Notice the lovely berry color that is being imparted to the fruit? Add some water if the whole pot is getting a wee bit dry. Conversely, if you think it looks too wet, let it cook for an additional time until the fruit resembles a chunky applesauce. We don’t need soup.

You will now make the mini dumplings by dropping teaspoonfuls onto the fruit. Return the cover once you’ve covered the fruit entirely. Be sure to have only one layer and leave a tiny space around each dumpling. If you have extra dumpling dough, it’s okay. You can bake it as a biscuit or toss it in the bin.

Return the lid to the Dutch oven and be sure it is closed. The steam created is what cooks those dumplings, so the cover must sit fully closed while it simmers. Reduce the burner temperature at this point to simmer for fifteen minutes.

After fifteen minutes, remove the lid. The dumplings should appear fully cooked. Serve while warm and enjoy. If you want, you can refrigerate and reheat for breakfast the next day.


Apples: There are some apple varieties that are best suited to cooking. In this recipe I was using MacIntosh. Other great cooking varieties are; Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Ida Red, Granny Smith. There are 7,500 varieties of apples in the world. For making applesauce, fruit compote you are looking for ones that are softer.

Blackberries: While there may not be as many varieties there are several. It’s important to note berries will vary in flavor based on where they grew, how ripe they are, and what variety they are. In this recipe we simply used cultivated blackberries from the grocery store.

Baking Powder: This agent will help your dumplings be as light as air. You don’t want to use too much as it will make the dumplings taste foul. Once a small child, I used too much in a recipe, and even our outdoor dog wouldn’t touch them.

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Suggested Serving Ideas:

This light, fluffy mini cinnamon dumpling makes a wonderful fall-winter after-dinner dessert or snack. Serve up two to three dumplings with a cupful of fruit.

The dumplings will become chewy as they sit in the fruit overnight. So, if you want to enjoy them for breakfast, make them the morning of to avoid the chewier texture they develop from sitting in the fridge.

Substitutions for the apple blackberry mini cinnamon dumplings.

Blackberries: You can easily omit the berries and enjoy apple cinnamon dumplings on their own.

Expert Tips:

Apples: Be sure to chop the apples into similar-sized pieces before boiling. Otherwise, larger pieces will remain too firm while others will become mush.

Dumplings: If you would like full-size dumplings, drop by tablespoonfuls your dumpling batter. Leave more room around each and change the steam cook time to 20-25 minutes. Peek inside at t twenty minutes to see if they are cooked. If they aren’t, return the lid and finish cooking.

Sugar: White sugar is used in the fruit. You can also use ‘fruit sugar’. Check the cooked fruit before adding dumplings to be sure it is sweet enough for your family. Adjust the sugar-to-fruit ratio if needed before adding the dumpling dough.

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Apple Blackberry Mini Cinnamon Dumplings on the Stovetop

Amber Bondar
This easy old fashioned steamed dumpling recipe makes delicious apple blackberry mini cinnamon dumplings the whole family will enjoy. Fruit compote with a dash of cinnamon is served with a few fluffy mini cinnamon dumplings made with baking powder dough. Easy and full of sweet fall flavors!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 5


Apple Blackberry Cinnamon Fruit Compote

  • 6 Med Apples Peeled, cored and cut up into small pieces.
  • 1 Cup Blackberries Fresh or frozen
  • 4 Tbsp White Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water *plus a bit if needed -check after fruit is mashed
  • ½ Tsp Cinnamon

Mini Cinnamon Dumplings

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Milk


Apple Blackberry Cinnamon Fruit Compote

  • Wash, peel, core, cut up into smaller uniform size pieces, add to Dutch oven.
  • Wash blackberries and add to apples.
  • Measure and add the water, cinnamon, and sugar.
  • Stir fruit mixture so that the sugar and cinnamon are distributed.
  • Bring to a boil on med-high heat. Reduce heat to simmer for ten minutes while you make dumpling dough.

Mini Cinnamon Dumplings

  • In a small mixing bowl measure all the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add milk.
  • Mix only enough to blend into a soft ball of dough.

Cooking together

  • Remove the lid from the fruit. Your apples should be cooked enough to mash with a masher. If you think that it looks like soup continue to cook uncovered for additional five minutes.
  • Your fruit compote should be wet but not soupy before you add the dumplings.
  • At this point check the sugar content of the fruit. Add more sugar as needed to make sweeter to taste.
  • Drop the cinnamon dumpling batter by the teaspoonful onto the surface of the fruit.
  • There should be a single layer of dumplings on the fruit with a small amount of space between each one to allow them to grow.
  • Return the lid to the Dutch oven and simmer for fifteen minutes.
  • Remove the lid. The dumplings will now look glossy and have risen in size. Fruit compote will be bubbling in any areas the dumplings aren't covering.
  • Remove one dumpling to double check for doneness. A finished steamed dumpling will be fluffy and fully cooked inside. A raw dumpling will be doughy on the interior.
  • Serve while hot-warm.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge and reheat or enjoy cold.
Keyword apple, blackberry, dessert, dumpling, sweet breakfast

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