Butterscotch Dumplings


I have a cozy, comfort treat for you today.Butterscotch Dumplings with SimplyGloria.com

Sweet cake-like dumplings surrounded in a rich butterscotch sauce.  These Butterscotch Dumplings are served up warm with a scoop of cold ice cream on top!   You’re going to love this cozy, comfy sweet treat!

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Although, I have to say I’ve squeezed in some time to make this sweet treat– not just once this week, but twice!  As this is one of our favorite bedtime snacks…It always seems to disappear during breakfast time the next morning, too.

Butterscotch Dumplings are a breeze to make.  They come out of the oven in less than 30 minutes!  Perfect for putting a cold scoop of ice cream on top!

Butterscotch Dumplings Ingredients

By gathering all of your ingredients first, it makes it all much easier to put it all together.

Butterscotch Dumplings - Step by step instructions

In a baking dish, pour the hot water over the the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and softened butter.  Stir until all combined.  (Don’t worry if the butter doesn’t melt all the way.  Also, the sugars will dissolve while baking in the oven.)  Set aside while you make the dumpling batter.

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1)  Put all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl– flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt.  
2)  Add a beaten egg.  
3)  Pour in some milk.  
4)  Add in (more) softened butter.  

Did I mention this is a buttery dessert?

Butterscotch Dumplings Batter

Stir it all together until it is all combined.  

The batter will be thick, and still very moist.

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Drop in the dumplings with 2 spoons.  Notice how the butter isn’t all the way melted yet in the sauce from the hot water?  The sauce will thicken up during the baking process.  Bake for about 24-27 minutes.  Take out of the oven when golden brown on top.  Let it rest of about 5 minutes.

Butterscotch Dumplings
Serves 4
Sweet cake-like dumplings surrounded in a rich butterscotch sauce. These Butterscotch Dumplings are served up warm with a scoop of cold ice cream on top! You’re going to love this cozy, comfy sweet treat!
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Butterscotch Sauce
  1. 1 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 cups hot water
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  5. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 egg, beaten
  6. 4 tablespoons milk
  7. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  1. In a baking dish, pour the hot water over the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and butter. Stir until all combined. Set aside. (The sauce will thicken during the baking process.)
  2. For the dumplings, put all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl-- flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt.
  3. Add the beaten egg, milk, and 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir until all combined. The batter will be very thick.
  4. Drop the dumplings with 2 spoons.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven for about 24-27 minutes. Take out of the oven when golden brown on top. Let it rest for about 5 minutes. Top with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. Then, drizzle the buttery butterscotch sauce over the top!
  1. Store in a tight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve warm.
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Top the hot pillowy dumpling with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream…

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This is the perfect comfort treat to have on a cold stormy evening.  

Butterscotch Dumplings from SimplyGloria.com

I’ve been enjoying these Butterscotch Dumplings ever since I was little.  My aunt would make this sweet treat for us all the time.  Now, I’ve been making this scrumptious treat for my boys for the past 25 years!

Enjoy, my friends!


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    • says

      I’m with you on the sweet tooth thing, Cindy! I would choose any sweet treat over any meal… In fact, the dessert menu is the first thing I look at before the dinner menu. Have a happy Sunday, Cindy! xo

  1. says

    GLORIA! I have never seen a recipe like this before!!! I’m going to make this TODAY!!! I love butterscotch and anything saucey! Oh, my! I’m excited about this one!

    My son Max (9yr old) was out fishing a couple of days ago and called me up to meet him down at the lake because “HE JUST CAUGHT A DOG FISH!” When I arrived to take pictures, it wasn’t a Dogfish…it was an icky Carp! He still had a blast reeling it in! Love having boys…..
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    • says

      LMK what you think! It’s definitely a Sunday kind of dessert! You’re so kind, Tahny!
      That is too funny about Max’s “dog fish”! The boys think it’s so exciting to catch those big/huge ugly things! We have huge carp up here in the river. But the Sucker fish are even uglier! I bet Max was so excited! The adventures of raising boys, right?! (=

    • says

      Tanya, to be honest, I am deathly scared of being on the water! I have a (silent) panic attack every time we launch or reload the boat. But, it is fun having family time together. Especially when my oldest comes home to hang out with us on the lake. The funnest part…no internet! Just music and of course, food!
      Thanks for always coming over to leave such sweet words! You always make me smile (and laugh!).
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    • says

      Sarah, don’t you just love childhood memories around food?! It’s like hearing a song from way back when and brings you right to that time. (=

    • says

      You’re right, Reba. I think what every one really hears about and mainly used are the butterscotch chips for cookies, etc. But, this is a butterscotch sauce…with such unique taste! Thank you!

  2. Tricia says

    Definitely going to have to try this Glor…..you had me with butterscotch. So good to hear your summer to going great. We really need to get together for dinner again sometime!

    • says

      Yes, we do… and very soon before the snow hits! I know you have got to remember this dessert while we were growing up… when I’m talking about my aunt, it is your mom! I’ve been using this recipe out of the Ward Cookbook printed back in 1989 with your mom’s name under it ever since! Easton and Levi absolutely loves it! I don’t know what’s wrong with Gatlon…he’s the picky eater!
      Love ya!

      • Tricia says

        I do remember this dessert. I don’t think my mom has made it forever. I even forgot about you. You are lucky you still have that cookbook. I used to have one but now have no idea where it is. Probably with my ex-husband, which means the trash.

        • says

          That’s terrible! Holly’s got lost in the trash by another sibling (sister, the youngest one. No name needed.) So, she calls me all the time for specific recipes…especially this one. It’s one of the main reasons I put this up on the blog…so she can look it up now! Let your mom know I put this up and that I’ve been thinking about her.

    • says

      Yep, I’m getting old! I think my boys will keep making this. My Levi even makes it for his roommates. They request it all the time. Thanks Krista! (=

    • says

      You’re so right, Ashley…the season DOES go by so fast! The leaves are already starting to fall a tiny bit up here. We have short summers as it is up here in the mtns. Thanks for coming over and saying hello! You always make me smile! (=

    • says

      I’m always excited for fall to come but so sad to see summer go. LMK what you think of this when you make it. Thank you Shannon! You rock! (=

  3. says

    I adore summer, even though it’s a busy season, it’s filled with so many fun times with family 🙂 These dumplings sound totally amazing and perfect for those fun family times! I love butterscotch and can imagine how fantastic these dumplings taste – especially topped with ice cream. Yum!

    • says

      Kelly, it’s funny how every spring I think summer is going to be calm bcz we have no schedules with school being out. But, that’s my problem…I love to have a schedule. But I also love the spur of the moments!
      You’d really like this treat! I especially love the ice cream, too! I actually prepared this this morning…but baking it tonight. Have a fun weekend, Kelly! Thank you for making me always smile!

    • says

      Oh my…I can’t believe I overlooked the most crucial point part of the directions! It is 350 degrees. Thank you for letting me know. I updated the recipe. Thank you, Elaine! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend so far! (=

  4. Kathe says

    OMG!! Why didn’t I grow up with these? Now I have to figure out how to make them healthier. Since I am going to cook and eat them for certain. Good you added correct temp. or I’d have been paddli’ at 325 F.
    Thanks, Gloria, for sharing this fantastic recipe.

  5. Emma Madaras says

    When I was young my mom made a recipe similar to this, she was killed in a car accident when I was in 10th grade and the recipe went with her. I posted on FB to ask if anyone had a similar recipe and my niece found this. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks the same. Please tell me a little bit about where the recipe originated if you know. Thanks!!

    • says

      I am so sorry for the loss of your mother when you were so young. I grew up with this recipe from way back in the 70’s. All my aunts made this even before that. It was basically passed through the whole community, through the many years (and generations). Where now, my sons ask for this all the time. This recipe is what a lot of the ladies would call VINTAGE. 😉 I hope you have a chance to give this recipe a try!


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