Warm Berries and Cinnamon Dumplings

adapted from Everyday Food

Dessert | Servings: 4
Prep time: 13 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 28 min


  • 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen (unthawed) mixed berries (or strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, etc.)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup plus 4 tbsp. sugar (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (divided)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk or milk


  1. Combine berries and 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice and water in a large skillet (it should have a lid, if possible). Cook over medium heat until the liquid is syrupy, 11-13 minutes.
  2. While the berries are cooking, combine 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 2 tbsp. sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the flour, remaining 2 tbsp. sugar, remaining 1/8 tsp. cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Combine melted butter and buttermilk and slowly add to the flour mixture, stirring just until a wet dough forms. Add a little more milk if it’s still too dry. Don’t overmix.
  5. When the berries are ready, reduce the heat to medium-low. Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough on top of the simmering berries. Sprinkle generously with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat until all the dough is gone (about 8 spoonfuls).
  6. Cover skillet with a lid or foil and simmer until the dumplings are set and dry to the touch, about 15 minutes.

Serve warm, with ice cream (if you want).

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