Sunday, October 26, 2014

Baked Apple Pie Pinwheel Dumplings or Rugelach Cookies ~ Super Easy and Super Good!

I'm so excited to share these incredibly easy and scrumptious apple pie pinwheels...they came out perfectly the first time I made them, and that's always a great thing!  Made with tortillas, these divine dumplings are a lighter version of apple pie and just as gratifying.  Tons of fun, this is a great recipe to make with the kids and also ideal for Fall festivals.

The best way to eat these fabulous pies is right out of the oven while they're crispy and crunchy; but they're still fantastic even after stored overnight or longer!  Serve them as a handheld dessert in cupcake papers, or individually plated with forks.  Enjoy them by themselves or with a premium vanilla ice cream on the side, with/or without a good caramel sauce, or with my Butter Pecan Glaze!

This is another one of my two-for-one recipes...for bite-size fun, you can roll a little differently for simple, delectable rugelach.  When I first placed the few rugelach I made into the pan, I had my doubts; but they came out incredibly good...just as good as the dumplings, only a different shape and also very pretty.

It's amazing how the texture of the tortillas becomes more pastry-like when baked in a dessert recipe.  I'll definitely be baking more with tortillas!
                                                   All For Me...

Approx. 8 servings (about 8/ea. dumplings or about 20/ea. rugelach)


The Apple Pie Filling
  • 2/ea. (about 8-10 oz. total weight) medium-large Fuji or Gala apples, cleaned, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 c. granulated white sugar
  • about 1/6 tsp. (just a hint) of ground cinnamon
  • about 1/6 tsp. (just a hint) of ground nutmeg
  • about 1/32 tsp. (just a smidgen) of ground mace
  • 1 TB all-purpose flour

The Pinwheel Dumplings or Rugelach Crust
  • 1/2 c. granulated white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • about 8 ea. medium (approx. 8") flour tortillas
  • 1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, melted*
  • Turbinado sugar (raw sugar) for topping the dumplings or cookies...optional
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray for the baking pan(s)
                                             Right Out Of The Oven...
                                         Oh, I Don't Think I Can Wait!


The Apple Pie Filling
  • In a medium bowl, mix the chopped apples with the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and flour, then set aside.  (Do not drain the juices that will accumulate, as you will use them.)

The Pinwheel Dumplings (approx. 8/ea. dumplings)
  1. Spray about 8 cavities of standard-sized (ideally easy-release) cupcake pan(s) with the cooking spray.
  2. Mix the cinnamon with the sugar in a small bowl or cup and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.
  4. Brush a little of the accumulated apple pie filling juice onto a large (ideally with a juice groove) cutting board.  Lay one tortilla flat on top of the juice on the board.
  5. Brush the tortilla with some of the melted butter and sprinkle with about 1 tsp. of the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  6. Lay a second tortilla on top of the prepared first tortilla.  Brush with more of the melted butter and sprinkle with another teaspoon of the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  7. Cut the stacked tortilla layers in half.
  8. For each half of the tortilla layers:  Place about 2 TB of the apple pie filling onto the center.
  9. Fold outside circular edges of the stacked tortillas over the apples to meet the cut straight edges of the tortilla layers.  Roll the folded tortilla layers, filled with the apple mixture, (jelly-roll style) tightly from one end to the other, while trying to keep the apple mixture tucked inside.  Some of the pie filling juices may spill out...just leave on the cutting board and let the next layer of tortillas pick up the juices.  You can tuck any spilled apples into the pinwheels after they are rolled and placed into the pan(s).
  10. As each pinwheel is rolled, with the cut edges up and pie filling exposed, place and stand them into a cavity of the cupcake pan(s)...leaning slightly against the edges of the cavity for support, as necessary.  Pinch the top of each dumpling slightly to hold together a little...they will open up and blossom as they bake.
  11. After all the pinwheels are placed into the cupcake pan(s), brush the tops with any extra pie filling juice and/or melted butter, then sprinkle with more of the cinnamon/sugar mixture and/or the optional turbinado sugar.
  12. Bake about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.  Cool in the pan(s) about 5 minutes.  If necessary, twist each pinwheel slightly to pull from the pan(s)...mine came out easily. 
  13. Best eaten warm (but good cold).  Will keep a couple of days at room temperature in a covered plastic container and store well in the refrigerator up to a week.*  I've not tried to freeze these yet, but they should freeze well, baked or unbaked.
                                             Pinwheel or Rugelach...
                                            Guess I'll Have Both!

The Rugelach (approx. 5/ea. cookies per roll of stacked tortillas, or about 20/ea. cookies total)
  1. Follow Steps 1 thru 6 as for the dumplings, except spray about 20 cavities of the cupcake pans with the non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Spread about a 2" wide strip of approx. 1/4 c. plus 2 TB of the apple pie filling about 1" from the edges of the stacked tortilla layers.  Pick up and roll the stacked tortilla layer edges closest to the pie filling over the strip of filling and tightly roll (jelly-roll fashion) all the way to the end, tucking in the pie filling as necessary.  With the seam side down, cut into about 1 1/2" slices and place each slice (seam side down) into a cavity of the sprayed cupcake pans.
  3. Complete the recipe as specified in Steps 11 thru 13 and bake in the cupcake pans, one per cavity, as for the dumplings.

  • Using a microwavable covered cup, melt the butter in the microwave about 15 seconds on 80% power.
  • The crust is wonderfully crispy-crunchy when first baked and more delightfully chewy-doughy after stored overnight or longer.  Either way, the pinwheels and rugelach will be terrific!

Enjoy these fantastic apple pie pinwheel dumplings or rugelach with a premium vanilla ice cream on the side, with or without a good caramel sauce or my Butter Pecan Glaze.  Oh, there's not going to be any leftovers!

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much Liz! When I developed the recipe, I was excited that the dumplings and rugelach came out great the very first time I made them! Enjoy!

  2. Good thing we don't live too close or we'd be there helping you eat them! They're a new one on me but not for long. Great to munch on during a football game and great recipe for the fall.......Thanks Bonnie

  3. Lol...thanks Regina! This is one of those I developed on my own, which is one reason why I was so thrilled that they came out terrific the very first time I made them! I think you guys will love them as much as we do...enjoy!

  4. Oh Bonnie! These look amazing and so easy! I will sure be trying it out in the near future, I have tons of homemade apple pie filling to use up! :)

  5. Thanks so much Gio! These are a terrific way to us use up extra apple pie filling...enjoy!

  6. These certainly look absolutely delicious.