Mountain Dew Apple Cobbler

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Mountain Dew Apple Cobbler is a simple and delicious dessert. The Mountain Dew makes the apples super crisp on the outside, while tender soft on the inside. It’s sorta like eating apple pie filling with your spoon! Mountain Dew Apple Cobbler is a staple dessert around here. It’s sweet and tart, and my daughter never gets enough of it. And it’s so easy to make! Served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s a great ending to your meal.

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

PREP10 MINS

COOK45 MINS

TOTAL55 MINS

Crisp green apples are wrapped in soft dumplings and baked in a sweet cinnamon sauce, made with brown sugar and Mountain Dew. These Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings are the most comforting homemade pastry ever!

EASY MOUNTAIN DEW APPLE DUMPLINGS

Today we have one throwback of an apple dumpling recipe – all the way back to the 2000’s, to be exact! This Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings recipe is an absolute family favorite that has withstood the test of time. I still get excited to make these homemade dumplings even though I’ve done it about a million times at this point!

You would never guess that these pillow-soft crescent roll dumplings, made with a delicious cinnamon-brown-sugar sauce, contain fizzy Mountain Dew of all ingredients! I definitely didn’t, anyway, before this “secret ingredient” was revealed to me by my mom.

Since this apple pastry recipe has been passed down to me, it’s become one of the desserts that I most look forward to making all year. You can bake them any time of year, of course (and I do!), but I really love enjoying them in the fall because then I can use my own freshly picked apples. These dumplings, just like your favorite apple pie recipe, always taste better when you’ve gone to the trouble of hand-picking your own apples. 

In summary, these tender, apple-filled dumplings in sugary sweet cinnamon sauce are totally irresistible, so my advice to you is this: Don’t resist and enjoy!

WHY I LOVE THIS RECIPE

Brown sugar. No, tart Granny Smith apples. Wait, but there’s also cinnamon. Okay, so, as you can see, there are many reasons as to why I love these apple dumplings. I’ll narrow it down to a few though, because we’ve got dumplings to make:

  • They’re Perfect for Fall: Apple dumplings are a great example of what fall tastes like. (I mean warm, baked apples, coated with cinnamon? That’s fall for sure!) I already talked about how apple picking fits in with this recipe, but did I mention that these dumplings are super similar to individual, perfect-for-fall apple pies?
  • They’re Fairly Quick: It takes about 55 minutes to make these pastries, so you can be in and out of the kitchen in an hour! Also, these will bake for around 45 minutes, so that’s only 10 minutes of active prep time.
  • They’re Customizable: Throw in some apple pie spice, a splash of vanilla, etc. It’s easy to make this apple dumpling recipe your own, just make sure you don’t stray too far from the original. It’s already pretty darn good as-is!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Alright, let’s get into the details of these apple dumplings! The ingredient list is pretty short today – you’ll only need to round up 7 essentials:

  • Apples: I like to use large Granny Smith apples, but other apples that are good for baking (like Honeycrisps) will work too.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Feel free to adjust the amount if you prefer a stronger presence of cinnamon.
  • Dough: I like to use canned crescent rolls because they’re quick and easy, and they always come out perfectly golden-brown!
  • Butter: I generally use unsalted butter for this recipe.
  • Sugar: You’ll need both granulated sugar and packed brown sugar.
  • Mountain Dew: Other sodas like Sprite can be used if you don’t have Mountain Dew – see Tips section for more options.

WHY USE MOUNTAIN DEW?

Mountain Dew has a somewhat citrus-y flavor, which tastes great in the cinnamon-brown-sugar sauce and pairs nicely with the tart yet sweet apples. It’s not mandatory to use it, there are other substitutions you can make, but in my opinion it really is the secret ingredient that brings this dish together!

HOW TO MAKE THESE APPLE DUMPLINGS

You won’t believe how easy it is to whip up this indulgent treat. That quality is a bit of a double-edged sword – I wouldn’t be making these every week, if you catch my drift – but you deserve to treat yourself every now and again!

Preheat Oven to 350°F: Grease a 9×13 baking pan (or extra large cast iron skillet) set aside.

Prep the Apples and the Dumplings: Core and slice apples into 8 even slices (16 slices total) and then peel the skin off the apples. Sprinkle cinnamon (about 1 tablespoon) on top of all of the apples. Then roll one apple slice inside of each crescent roll piece. Place in the prepared pan, in two rows, leaving a little room between each dumpling.

Make the Cinnamon Sauce: Then in a small pot bring the butter, remaining 1 tablespoon cinnamon, granulated sugar and brown sugar to a boil. Once boiling, evenly pour over the crescent rolls.

Add Mountain Dew: Finally, pour the Mountain Dew around just the edges of the pan.

Bake the Dumplings: Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until bubbling and the dumplings are browned on top.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

And that’s the process! There’s nothing like a homey apple dumpling recipe to get you in the mood for fall, or just to satisfy those comfort food cravings.

Before you begin, though, here are a couple of tips that might come in handy as you make your apple dumplings:

  • If You Don’t Have Crescent Dough: If you don’t have access to canned crescent dough, the next best thing would be trying a buttery pie dough.
  • If You Don’t Have Mountain Dew: You can use Sprite or ginger ale in place of the Mountain Dew if desired. Any light-colored, mild soda should do just fine in its place. Mountain Dew can also be substituted with apple cider, sparkling apple cider, apple juice, or also rum (or another type of alcohol that you think will pair well with the apple dumplings).
  • Make Ahead Tip: If you want to start preparing this dish ahead of time, you can complete steps 1-4, save the prepared baking dish in the fridge (covered), and resume with steps 5-8 later. (See recipe card.)

Easy Mountain Dew Apple Cobbler Recipe

Super easy and flavorful Mountain Dew apple cobbler! You’ve got to try this recipe out.

Mountain dew apple cobbler recipe

Flavorful Mountain Dew Apple Cobbler

This Mountain Dew apple cobbler recipe is super quick and easy, and especially fabulous served warm with vanilla ice cream. I’m not sure how it all works out and science behind using Mountain Dew in this recipe, but somehow it does. You would never know that it is the secret ingredient!

Now, I’ll admit that at first, I thought this recipe was kind of funny. But, my husband is a Mountain Dew fan so I thought it would be a novelty to try. It was actually really good and I would definitely have it again!

These Mountain Dew apple dumplings are very sweet, delicious, and addicting. I love how the ingredients and prep are super easy. In fact, the apple dumplings look and taste so much more fancy and delicious than you would ever expect from how easy it is to make them!

Rolling apple in crescent roll

Ingredients

Now you already know this apple cobbler has Mountain Dew in it – that was pretty obvious from the title of this recipe. The real magic is that this is an apple cobbler with crescent rolls. Using the crescent rolls is what makes this recipe so easy & quick.

The crescent dough ends up tasting so much better than crescent dough usually does – with a delicious, crisp sugar topping – my favorite part. The apples cook up nice and soft. Plus, there’s some extra syrup in the bottom of the pan that you can spoon over the top of the dumplings when serving.

I have not tried this recipe with a substitution before, but if you would like to try it with something other than Mountain Dew, there are some options. Apple cider, sparkling apple juice, apple juice, Sprite, or Ginger Ale could all be great substitutes for Mountain Dew in this apple cobbler recipe.

Apple cobbler ready to bake
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  • Soft, wide handles take the pressure off your hands, and sharp, stainless steel blades glide quickly and easily through fruit with perfect slices.
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  • The OXO Good Grips Apple Divider is perfect for pies, cobbler or preparing a simple snack.

Final Thoughts

If you’re a fan of mountain dew, I really think you’ll enjoy this apple cobbler recipe. Even if you’re not a big mountain dew drinker, you’ll probably still enjoy this recipe! It’s got a great texture, it’s perfectly sweet, and almost melts in your mouth.

Mountain Dew Apple Cobbler

yield: 16

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 35 MINUTES

total time: 55 MINUTES

Unique, delicious rolls with a luscious sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 large apples, , peeled, cored and sliced into 8 wedges each
  • 2, 8 oz cans of crescent rolls
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon plus cinnamon to taste
  • 1, 12 oz can Mountain Dew soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9×13″ baking dish (glass dish).  
  2. Separate the crescent roll dough into eight triangles per can.
  3. Take the apple pieces, place into each crescent roll and roll up as usual into the crescent shape. Place each roll seam down into the baking dish.  
  4. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and remove from heat (sugar won’t be entirely melted – that’s the way you want it). Pour the butter mixture evenly over the crescents. Pour the Mountain Dew over the apple dumplings, filling to about one-third up the side of the baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and bake 35-40 minutes until bubbly and lightly golden brown.

Notes

Tips and Stuff:

Use crisp tart-sweet apples (Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Fuji), not Red Delicious so they won’t get mushy.

There are a lot of variations of this recipe floating around out there.  Some say to pour the Mountain Dew directly on the crescents and some say to pour around the sides and down the middle.  Either way, they turn out great.

Be sure and don’t completely melt the sugar in the butter because you want that texture on the crescents after baking.

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