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Instant Pot Apple Dumplings

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Whip up these easy and tasty instant pot apple dumplings tonight! This instant pot apple dessert tastes like apple pie without all of the work.

We love our apple desserts around here. Make sure you check out our recipes for Apple Cinnamon Muffins, instant pot apple cider, instant pot apple butter, instant pot applesauce, Instant Pot Apple Crisp, Cinnamon Apple CrispApple Cinnamon French Toast Bake, and Caramel Apple Milkshakes.

Instant pot apple dumplings on a white plate on top of a dish towel with red apples printed on it.

Testing out apple dumplings for the instant pot has been on my list for a while. But between writing my cookbook and parenting three kids, it got pushed to the bottom of my list. Now I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner because this recipe is amazing. 

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Not only is it insanely easy, but it really does taste like apple pie. It took me less than an hour from start to finish and most of it was hands-off time. I took some photos and my daughter immediately asked to taste test. Before I knew it, my entire family was at the table inhaling the entire batch.

A plate of instant pot apple dumplings with a bite on a fork.

Serving size for instant pot apple dumplings

Originally, I planned on listing the serving size as one dumpling. But my family of 5 easily consumed these in one sitting, so I am setting the serving size to two dumplings. They aren’t huge, but you could stretch it if you want to feed 8.

How to wrap apple dumplings?

Place an apple slice on the skinny point of a crescent roll. Roll the crescent roll up toward the two wider points, with the apple inside. Pinch the edges of the crescent roll to seal the apple dumpling. Scroll down to the recipe for process photos.

A white plate with two apple dumplings topped with vanilla ice cream.

Can apple dumplings be made ahead of time?

Yes. Cook as directed in the recipe below and refrigerate up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.

You can also prep them without cooking. Roll up your apple dumplings as stated in the recipe and refrigerate until ready to cook. Make the sauce at the time of cooking.

A plate of two instant pot apple dumplings under a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Can you freeze instant pot apple dumplings?

Yes. Once cooled, place the instant pot apple dumplings and sauce in a freezer safe container and freeze up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge or on the counter and then reheat in the oven or microwave.

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A white plate of apple dumplings with a fork.

Instant Pot Apple Dumplings

Aileen Clark
Whip up these easy and tasty instant pot apple dumplings tonight! They taste like apple pie without all of the work.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 448 kcal


  • 1 roll crescent dough
  • 2 small gala apples cored, peeled, and quartered
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Open roll of crescent dough and roll out all 8 sections of dough.
  • Place an apple quarter on the short end of each piece of dough.
    An apple slice on top of a crescent roll.
  • Roll the dough and apple lenghtwise until you get to the wider edge of the dough and pinch the crescent dough closed around the apple.
    A crescent roll being sealed around an apple slice.
  • Press saute botton on Instant Pot and add butter.
  • Once butter is melted, whisk in sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Pour in apple cider and deglaze bottom of pot.
  • Mix in vanilla extract and press cancel.
  • Place dumpings in a single layer inside instant pot and turn to coat in sauce.
    Apple dumplings coated in sauce, inside of instant pot.
  • Close lid and set pressure release to sealing.
  • Press manual or pressure cook button and set to 10 minutes.
  • Natural pressure release.
  • Remove lid and let cool slightly.
  • Serve warm and drizzle with sauce.
  • Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.


Serving: 1gCalories: 448kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 2gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 77mgFiber: 3gSugar: 46g
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