I haven't had an apple dumpling in probably almost 30 years! My mom used to make them for dessert after Sunday dinner in the fall after apple picking. This is the first time I've ever tried to make them myself. They didn't look beautiful (one or two did though!) But they tasted so good!!!!!! My mom used to color the syrup red... I wish I had... I will next time! I 'guessed' that she got her recipe from the Red & White Checkered Better Homes cookbook. She did, but she changed it up! Her changes are for the filling she uses a mix of white & brown sugar and she dyes the syrup red for a more festive looking dessert.