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There are lots of recipes for dumplings. You can make flat dumplings or drop dumplings but they all taste pretty much alike. How you make them is just a matter of preference. True Southern dumplings are flat but many people in the South will argue this point and like the drop ones better. I say just do your thing. I make them both ways depending on how I want my recipe to look. The recipe below can be used either way.DUMPLING RECIPE 2 cups self-rising flour 1/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup boiling water Put self-rising flour in a bowl, cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the boiling water a little at a time until you can shape the mixture into a ball. Roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness on a floured board. For flat dumplings cut into strips, then squares. I use a pizza cutter to do this as it is much quicker. If you want drop dumplings do not roll out. Just pinch off pieces of the dough the size you want. Drop either kind of dumplings, a few at a time, into boiling soup, fruit or broth, cover with top on pot, let cook for a few minutes and add more dumplings. This is a basic dumpling recipe and works for me every time. You can use milk instead of water and some people even sweeten with a little sugar if adding dumplings to fruit. I always use this recipe when making chicken and dumplings. This makes around 35 dumplings depending on size you make yours. Enjoy! Don’t Forget to Pin! Just a reminder to look on the right hand side of this page and type in your e-mail address so you don’t miss new posts when they come out! Your e-mail will not be shared with anyone. We have almost 26,000 e-mail subscribers and they are always the first to know about any new posts. We have 78 boards on Pinterest with over 31,000 followers that will give you lots of recipes, ideas and interesting stuff to post. You can follow us on Pinterest here: The Southern Lady Cooks on Pinterest. Click here to check out other tips from our site: Tips From The Southern Lady Cooks. © The Southern Lady Cooks photos and text – All rights reserved. No copying, posting on other sites, or other uses allowed without written permission of the copyright holderYou will be able to “share” these by looking below and clicking on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to share with your friends. Click on the picture of the little printer below if you want to print the tip.