Apples & Buttons (Ham, Apples and Dumplings) #SundaySupper

I’m excited to be hosting #SundaySupper this week for our Autumn Apple Party! Autumn is apple season and we’ve picked a bushelful of recipes to celebrate one of our best loved fruits.
Join us throughout the day (Sunday, September 23) as we share recipes and apple love from our talented #SundaySupper Group Contributors. We would love for you to share your favorite apple recipes during our#SundaySupper live chat at 7pm (Eastern).
Apples are a big part of my PA Dutch upbringing! Apple cider, apple dumplings, apple strudel, apple pot pie, apple meringue, apple brown Betty and something called, Schnitz un Knepp or Apples and Buttons!
Apples and Buttons is nothing more than Ham, Apples and Dumplings but this combination is fantastic!

Apples and Buttons

(This recipe is adapted from Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook of Fine Old Recipes by Culinary Arts Books)

  • 2 cups dried apples
  • 1 smoked ham shank (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 32 ounce carton of chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk

Place dried apples in a large bowl and cover with water. Put the bowl in the refrigerator and soak the apples overnight.

To cook the ham, place the shank in a large pot and add the broth. Add water as needed to cover the meat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 1 1/2 hours or until meat easily pulls away from the bone.

You can cook the ham a day ahead of time if you like and reserve the liquid with the ham.
Remove ham from bone. Discard any tough skin and tendons.

I love using ham shanks for soups or stews. The meat is so sweet and juicy and just falls off the bone!

The next day:

Add the apples with the liquid they soaked in to the ham stock and meat. Bring to a boil, add brown sugar, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

While the mix simmers, you can make your dumplings.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix egg, milk and melted butter.Stir liquids into flour mixture.

Working quickly drop tablespoonfuls of dough into simmering ham and apples. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until dumplings are cooked.

Remove with a slotted spoon and serve on a platter! You can also serve with the broth as a soup!

Here’s our Autumn Apple Party Menu for Sunday Supper! Stop by our #SundaySupper Contributor’s websites for great apple ideas!

Soups, Salads, Starters and Breads

Main Meals



Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite apple recipes! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat! We’d also love to feature your apple recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!

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69 Responses to Apples & Buttons (Ham, Apples and Dumplings) #SundaySupper

  1. Mmmm these apples look perfect to flavour this dish 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Baker Street says:

    Apples, ham and dumplings is indeed a fantastic combination! thanks for hosting this week, Cindy! Absolutely gorgeous round of recipes!

  3. smallwalletbigappetite says:

    And thank you for hosting such a wonderful theme. I have never made dumplings before so I am really intrigued to give this a try.

  4. Dorothy says:

    I am part PA Dutch, and this rings my chimes! I will be making it! Thank you for hosting our virtual potluck this week.

  5. Magnolia Days says:

    Ham, apples, and dumplings!!! You have put a smile on this southern gal's face. What a great combo.

  6. Susan says:

    What an interesting recipe! Thanks for sharing and hosting this week!

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  9. diabeticfoodie says:

    I absolutely love chicken & dumplings. I would never have thought to combine ham, apples and dumplings. Yum!

  10. mommasmeals says:

    This looks awesome, this is a must for my hubby and daughter since they both love Ham. Thanks for hosting this week!!!

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  12. I haven´t had dumplings in years. What a wonderful savory apple recipe! Thanks for hosting today Cindy. Have a wonderful sunday!

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  14. juanitascocina says:

    It's like savory apple dumplings! YUM! Thank you so much for hosting this week!

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  18. Arlene says:

    I love apples and ham together. This looks so good.

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  20. Tara Noland says:

    This looks so interesting, I can see how the apples and ham would be lovely together!!

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  31. Oh yum, this sounds warm and cozy! Great job rounding us all up!

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  34. I love the combos here. Thank you so much for hosting this week. You did an amazing job!

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  36. What a great use of apples – I am loving all of the apple recipes this week, everyone is so creative!

  37. cravingsofalunatic says:

    Thanks so much for hosting Cindy, it was a pleasure. Love this recipe.

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  39. Arlene says:

    I love old recipes and this reminded me of something my grandmother would have made and brought back some sweet memories!

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  41. You had me at dumplings! YUM! Looks like a tasty combo! Thanks for hosting this week!

  42. crispybitsnburntends says:

    Apples and buttons! Such a cute name. I can only imagine how wonderful the combination of the flavors would be. I would like to preorder a gallon container so I can eat it whenever I like. Thanks Cindy.

  43. Brandie says:

    Yummm!! And I like that it uses dried apples.

  44. Carol says:

    Looks so good. Nice comfort food for the cooler weather. Delicious!

  45. Dawn says:

    Thanks for sharing with us at Foodie Friends Friday. I love each ingredient but never thought of putting them together.

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  47. bigbearswife says:

    What an interesting but awesome combination!

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