EZ Peasy Apple Dumplings Smothered in Ice Cream

It won't be long and our Farmer's Markets will be filled with crisp, fresh, juicy apples. Like the old saying goes: Nothing says lovin' like somethin' from the oven. One goodie I absolutely l♥ve is baked apples. A little less work than a pie but packed with all the same goodness and flavor. This recipe is so easy because it uses pie crusts already made for you. I always have a couple of packages in my freezer for those times when I want to make something special but don't have the time or just don't want something quick but delicious. You are gonna ♥ these, I promise☺

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 (15-ounce) packages refrigerated pie crusts
  • 8 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut up
  • Vanilla ice cream or half and half

Preparation

Bring 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/4 cup butter. Set syrup aside.

Combine 2/3 cup sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

Cut pie crusts in half, and roll into 8-inch circles. Place 1 apple in center of each circle. Sprinkle each evenly with sugar mixture; dot evenly with 3 tablespoons butter.

Fold dough over apples, pinching to seal. Place in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Drizzle with syrup.

Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm smothered vanilla ice cream or floating in half and half.

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