Strawberry Dumplings

How do you go about finding your favorite old recipes?  I love my method!  I love being organized, but I also love my nostalgic memorabilia… so the two are combined.  I’ve got separate folders for breads, desserts, meat dishes…  And then inside my folders are wonderful pieces of paper, all shapes and sizes, written out in a beautiful variety of handwriting.

When my mom recently made Strawberry Dumplings, I had to get my recipe out and get ready to make a batch myself… and of course… to share the recipe with you!

I knew just what I was looking for.  A faded green square of paper, recipe written in my own teen-aged handwriting, stained with a bit of strawberry juice.  Hasn’t been brought out to the light of day in a few years, so it was close to the bottom of the stack… but there it was, just as I remembered.

These are delicious!  We love them for breakfast.  They’ve been a special Christmas treat a few times in my life… and they’re making a comeback this year for sure.  I hope you’ll give them a try.

Strawberry Dumplings

1 Can Strawberry Pie Filling (better if you can find one of those frozen boxes)

1 ½ Cup Orange Juice

1 Cup Water

¼ Cup Sugar

1 Tbsp Butter

1 Tbsp Red Food Color


1 ½ Cup Bisquick (or 1 ½ Cup flour and 1 Tbsp Baking Powder)

2/3 Cup Milk

2 Tbsp Salad Oil

Cinnamon and/or Nutmeg to taste


Heavy Cream


Combine first five ingredients and heat to boiling, then add the color.  Mix the final ‘dumpling’ ingredients in a bowl and drop onto the boiling fruit in biscuit-sized clumps.  Cover and cook with medium heat for about 10 minutes.  You’ll want to eat these nice and warm, drizzled in heavy cream… or swimming in heavy cream.  (I do love my cream!)

10 Responses to “Strawberry Dumplings”

  1. kristi says:

    Was it you that I got my recipe from? I love these and I know it was St. Thomas where I first had them, just can’t remember where or who made them.

  2. Lawanda Calton says:

    I love recipes on those old scraps of paper! Have several in my recipe books, too.

  3. Cheryl Black says:

    Sounds delicious. Will have to drag out my electic skillet…that is if I still have one! I wish my recipes were more organized (I do have them separated by broad categories. Brie asks, “How can you have one category for ‘Main Dish’?”) But I often find them by remembering what it is written on and there are quite a few that are on oddly shaped scraps of paper! Thanks for letting my know another little way we birthday cousins are alike!:) BTW, saw Kim this morning and she was beaming from her trip “home”!

  4. Sandy says:

    Yes Kristi… I’m pretty sure it would have been me. In my early-marriage days, this was one of my absolute favorites!! I had the recipe before I got married.

  5. Sandy says:

    Cheryl, I don’t have an electric skillet, and just do mine on the stove top.

  6. Robin Green says:

    You made these for me on Guam, Sandy. So you have initiated the recipe all over the world! I still love them even though I don’t live on an island any more.

  7. patti smith says:

    never heard of strawberry dumplings but this sounds wonderful and the girls will love it I am always looking for something different for breakfast and this is it!!! thanks!

  8. Joy says:

    Kristi wanted to make these for Christmas breakfast in St. Thomas the year I was there for Christmas. She didn’t have the instructions to make dumplings from Bisquick. (You know all dry goods had to go into a sealed container down there.) It was about 6 A.M in ID and we were trying to decide who to call that would be up at that hour. Grandma, of course. She never slept past 5. She had Bisquick and was thrilled that we called her. I still make these, although since Kristi didn’t have a written copy it’s a little modified. They are a family favorite, and the story is now part of the history of strawberry dumplings in our family.

  9. Sandy says:

    Joy & Kristi, I had no idea that these had become a family favorite for you. How sweet is that!!!

  10. Sandy says:

    My niece took this pretty photo of our dumplings on Christmas morning, 2011. It was her first time to taste them (and her husband’s as well), and we all agreed they’ll be on my Christmas menu from NOW ON!

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