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apple dumplings cooked and plated with apple cider and an apple in the background

Easy Cinnamon Apple Dumplings in the Instant Pot

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple dumplings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Coming to pressure and natural release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey
These super easy to make cinnamon apple dumplings are bursting with buttery, sweet, cinnamon flavor. They are made with canned crescent rolls, apples, apple cider, and other ingredients you probably have on hand. Made easy in the Instant Pot or other pressure cooker, they are sure to please for an easy after-school snack or quick brunch item.
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  • Instant Pot


  • 1 can crescent rolls see notes on the dairy
  • 1 large apple see notes
  • 4 Tablespoons vegan butter see notes
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup apple cider see notes


  • Turn the Instant Pot on sauté mode to start it warming.
  • Working on a clean flat surface, lay out one of the perforated triangles from the canned crescent rolls. I like to work on a piece of parchment paper.
    Making one dumpling at a time, place one large apple on a rolled out crescent on the large end. Roll up, tucking as ou roll until you reach to pointy end. Set each aside.
  • Ad to your Instant Pot the butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until everything is nice and melted together. (If you are using a pressure cooker without a sauté mode then heat the butter, brown sugar, and spices in a saucepan or microwave till melted - then add to your pressure cooker.)
  • Stir in the apple cider while the other ingredinets are melting.
  • Place each prepared dumpling in a single layer on top of the melted butter/sugar/apple cider mixture.
  • Close the lid and vent and set to high pressure for 10 minutes. It will take up to 10 minutes to come to pressure.
  • After the Instant Pot has come to pressure and counted down for the ten minutes, allow for a natural release until the pin drops. This will take about 10 minutes as well.
  • Open the lid and carefully lift out the first apple dumpling. The first one is always the hardest! Spoon a little of the melted buttery cinnamon sugar on top of each dumpling.
  • These will be quite hot when you first remove from the pot- especially the cooked apple inside each dumpling. Wait a few minutes before eating. Plus, I've found that the flavor enhances when it's not blistering hot!


I used a 6qt Instant Pot for this recipe. You could also use an 8qt but the timing coming to pressure and releasing might be different. I don't recommend a 3qt (mini) because the dumplings need to be placed in a single layer.
I used Pilsbury Original Crescents. If you read the ingredients you will see that they MAY contain dairy. This means that they are processed on equipment that also processes dairy. If you are allergic to dairy it is very important that you read and understand ingredients that might affect your condition. If you are vegan, follow your own ethics on this one. 
I used the standard large apple typically found in the produce section. I cut it into 8 wedges. If you use the small apples that come in bags or are found at some farmer's markets, use two apples and cut into 16 smaller wedges. Use two of these smaller wedges per dumpling.
Use any variety of apple you'd like. Note that the brown sugar and apple cider is quite sweet and so a slightly tart apple pairs nicely in this recipe.
Four Tablespoons of butter is usually 1/2 stick. Check the measurements on your butter to make sure. Some butter comes in half sticks. You may use stick butter or tub butter for this recipe.
If you are not vegan then use any butter you'd like. Plant butter is nice and salted though, so if you use unsalted butter then ad in 1/8 teaspoon salt along with the butter as it melts.
If it's not the season to easily find apple cider, you may use apple juice instead. I just like the flavor of apple cider so I always have it on hand. Apple juice will be fine for this recipe. It might be a little sweeter.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg