Bundles of Insane Apple Goodness

I have three points to make on today’s post.

  1. When a favorite blogger quits blogging it is like an old friend moved away to a third world country.
  2. Sometimes, I do use a tube of prepared bread-like substance.
  3. I refuse to name a recipe “dumplins.”

To address my first point…

Juanita’s Cocina
Who else misses Jen at Juanita’s Cocina?  I know, I know.  Jen did not move to a third world country and I am sure she still lives in Texas.   She just moved on to other adventures.   I miss her recipes, her writing style, and most of all, her sense of humor.

I can rant about homemade and local is best, but yes, I do resort to using a tube of canned crescent rolls and biscuits every now and again.

Jen had no problem calling  these bundles of goodness “dumplins,” but I refuse to drop the “g” from food stuffs or to refer to potatoes as “taters.”   (I also refuse to dine in a Cracker Barrel where all of the g’s seem to be missing. ) Just saying.   And, I am not judging.

apple dumplin

(Anyone else remember Apple Dumplin, one of Strawberry Shortcakes lesser known friends?)



Bundles of Insane Apple Goodness
based on Jen’s Apple Dumplins (which were based on the Pioneer Woman’s)

1 apple (I used a Jonathan variety.)
1 tube crescent rolls
6 T. butter
2/3 c. sugar
1 t. pure vanilla
dash of cinnamon
1/2 c. apple cider

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel and core the apple and then cut it into eight wedges.   Roll each apple wedge in a triangle of crescent roll dough.   Line up the bundles into two rows in an 8″ x 8″ pan.  Set aside.

In a heavy cast iron skillet, add the butter and sugar.  Do this on medium heat and stir until the butter is melted.  Then let it bubble away for a few minutes.  You don’t want caramel, but you want the sugar to dissolve completely.   Add the vanilla and cinnamon and stir to incorporate.   Remove from heat.

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Carefully pour the hot sugar mixture on top of the apple bundles.

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Pour the apple cider around the edges of the pan.  Try not to disturb the sugar mixture on top.

Pop in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and browned.

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Serve warm.

I can tell when The Hubs doesn’t particularly care for one of my recipes.  For instance, I made these bundles for the first the time when I made my onion pie.   We had the onion pie (quiche) for dinner with a salad.  “Thanks” was all I got.

Then I served dessert.   Seriously, he was orgasmic.  “Oh, my god…what are these?…these are beyond words…Oh, my.”   He went on and on and on.   Knowing me the way he does, he forbade me from ever tweaking this recipe.  “This is perfection.”

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Not the most flattering photo I ever took, but please don’t judge….these are outstandingly good!


He declared that he did not want a birthday cake for his birthday, but these darlings.    (He is also the one that came up with the name.)

Hope you find these bundles of insane goodness as delicious as he did.


(I was inspired by this post when I was nostalgically perusing Jen’s blog.   I miss her.)

24 comments to Bundles of Insane Apple Goodness

  • Taking On Magazines

    Yeah, I miss Jen too and know exactly what you mean. I miss the form of ‘talking over the fence’ that bloggers have with each other when one quits the biz. Actually, I resemble all three of your thoughts. Dumplings is just underneath adorns and foodie in my book. Those two raise the hair on the back of my neck.

    • That is such a good way to describe it—“talking over the fence.” I have said more than one time that I wish a lot of you all were my neighbors!!!! (I will have to check myself for “adorns” and “foodie” (which I use all the time)! 🙂

  • juanitascocina

    This post made my day. As I perused my blog feed, because even though I’m not obsessively taking photos and posting recipes I still obsessively follow all of my favorite bloggers, I saw my blog logo. And I got all nostalgic…and then I read this actual post. And lots of things happened at the same time…

    1. I wanted apple dumplins (no g)
    2. I got a warm fuzzy in my heart
    3. I wondered if people actually thought that I spoke the way I wrote, and then I giggled. (3 g’s)
    4. I thought how glad I am to have “met” you.

    I’ve been pouring over your recent trip to Santa Fe. You’ve made me homesick for my state. And now, you’ve made me kind of homesick for blogging. And you’ve made me REALLY crave apple desserts.

    Now I need to go figure out why I dropped the “g” in the first place…

    • Jen, I honestly, truly, sincerely hope that you did not take offense at the “g” dropping (especially considering your profession!) LOL If you look closely at some of my posts, there are some “g” dropping and even a reference or two to sweet ‘taters. 🙂 It was recently that my sister and I took a stand against the no-g-thing! I am so, so, so glad to hear from you!!!!!!! Hope all is well. (And I am actually making these tonight for The Hubs’ birthday!)

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I am so happy to know that your hubby has enjoyed the dumplins dessert that much. Must get a tube of crescent dough to try too. Thanks for sharing, Debra.

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    I know exactly what you mean about the sadness of a blogging friend who closes shop… we develop strong connections and become part of each other’s lives and day-to-day thoughts far beyond the screen… so I feel for you. Something else that always makes me sentimental is when I stumble upon a recipe that I love, click on the link and then discover that the last time the person posted something live was two years ago… vanished. Where did they go? why did they stop and will they ever come back? … questions without answers. Love the apple goodness here Debra (and those rolls used to be a summer pick of my boys… when we would take a summer holiday, they would get to choose a goodie and it was often the pillsbury doughboy :D) xx

    • I know. One blogger in particular that I followed when I first started. I know she had some health issues and then there was that last post which I, for the longest time wished wasn’t her final post. You have to love the doughboy, right? Thanks, Kelly.

  • Oh yes, I miss Jen! She was always so happy and full of life 😀
    Such a great blog!
    I would love to try this incredible apple dumpling recipe of hers, they look perfect for dessert!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • I, too, want apple dumplings now. You always do that to me!

    Also, I know what you mean about a blogger who drops off the radar. There have been a few for me and I wrote and asked if all was well with them. In some instances they have told me I was the only one who asked about them. And they were quite popular.

  • mae

    I try to be patient with the misuses of spelling and other language things. But I like that you just say YOU avoid the usage you dislike, not telling other people what to do!

    And about Cracker Barrel — I’ve been there twice, once in Oklahoma once in Florida, both for the same reason: after a long day of driving it was the one and only restaurant we could walk to from our motel room. I didn’t notice the spelling issues on the menu, though. I would go there again if the same reason applied.

    Your dumplings look quite delicious!

    • Oklahoma is full of them! LOL. We have only been three times and part of the reason I don’t want to return is b/c the service was horrendous.

  • Oh I miss Jen too!!!! I was really surprised to see her quit, but life does gets in the way. Oh it’s such a southern thing to drop the “g”. I’m guilty of it in two cases: “Darlin” and “fixin to”. 🙂 These apple dumplings are such a southern thing and a GOOD southern thing.

  • I used to follow Jen’s blog faithfully. I’m sorry to hear she’s not blogging. About three years, a blogger who was in our circle of blogging friends died! It was such feeling of sadness and shock, in such a peculiar way as I had never met him.
    For some reason I can’t call potatoes taters either. 🙂

  • Pam

    Ha! I so agree with the dropped “g” thing. And I have to say I wouldn’t be heartbroken if I never went to CB again! Yes, I get that with bloggers, sad. I always wonder what happened, why did the person quit blogging… But those apple things look great!

    • Call me a snob, Pam. I’m so with you on the CB thing. I am sure I will drop a “g” (sounds kinda gangsta) soon and someone will point this out (along with my other misspellings)!!!!!!!!!

  • Too funny—I think I’m on board with you x3! I’ve made a similar dessert except with Mountain Dew! It was all the rage a few years ago—but the family loved it. And I didn’t break a sweat making an apple pie-ish dessert. Yours (and Jen’s) recipe looks more sophisticated–and makes for a quick and yummy dessert!

    • Jen’s did have MT. Dew as well but I only had apple cider on hand when I made these originally. I think the soda might make it too sweet for me. I love the caramel crunch on top, though!

  • I miss Jen and her New Mexican cooking too! I hope you made her nostalgic enough to come back – some of her food that I have pinned are my most pinned items – I miss her. But what the heck do you mean you don’t drop your ‘g’s? Are you REALLY from Oklahoma or are you some kind of plant? 🙂 No judgment of course! I love this recipe and now I miss my Nana’s apple dumplin’s…………..ummmm……..but I can say that!

    • Oh, I sure do drop my g’s when speaking. It is a long story about the g-dropping and tater banning that would be too involved (and trivial) to explain. Suffice it to say it is the old English teacher in me coming out.

      Jen, are you listening? We want you back.