2 whole Granny Smith apples
2 cans (8 ounces each) crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 can (12 ounce) Sprite soda
Cinnamon, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices. Roll each apple in a triangle of crescent roll dough. Place in prepared pan.
Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour 1/2 can Sprite around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon; bake for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, if desired.
Pour the Sprite carefully around the edge of the pan so the sugar/butter mixture stays on top of the apples. When my sister makes this recipe, she uses the whole can of soda, so somewhere between 1/2 can and a whole can, depending on how much syrup you like with the dumplings. The original recipe called for a Mountain Dew instead of Sprite, but the Sprite works for me.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
You need a bowl of this Apple Dumpling, it's better than good.