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Blackberries and dumplings is a recipe from my childhood.

Blackberries and Dumplings

If you follow this site,  I am sure you know how much I like blackberries.  I could eat blackberries everyday and I love having blackberries for dessert with any meal.  This recipe for Blackberries and Dumplings has been one of my favorites since childhood.  I can remember my Mama making blackberries and dumplings with wild blackberries we picked from the field.  A friend brought me some blackberries recently and I had to make this for dessert Saturday night. If you have not had blackberry dumplings try this recipe for a treat your family will love.

Blackberries and dumplings is a recipe you will love trying for a new dessert.

Blackberry Syrup: 

3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

2 cups water

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (can use more if needed)

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk

Combine blackberries, sugar, water and nutmeg in a saucepan on top of the stove.  Bring to a boil, then turn down to medium boil and cover the pot.   In a bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Mix the milk into the flour mixture with a spoon.  Your dough should be where you can flour your hands and pull off pieces and roll into balls about the size of a walnut.  I just put some flour on a paper plate and flour my hands good to do this. You can add a little more flour to the dumplings if you need to so you can handle the dough.  Remove lid from pot and drop in the dumplings.  Replace the top and cook 5 to 7 minutes until dumplings are cooked.  You should get 11 to 12 dumplings from your dough.  Makes about six servings. (I consider a serving 2 dumplins’ with sauce ladled over them.)  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream for dessert or a treat anytime. Enjoy!

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Blackberries and Dumplings

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Blackberry Puddin’

Don’t Forget to Pin Old-Fashioned Blackberries and Dumplings! 

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  1. My mother used to make these with Blueberries. What a wonderful memory. I’ll be getting some frozen mixed berries at the store to try these tonight!

  2. I was wondering if you could use peaches

  3. My dumplings fell apart. Not good looked like thick soup? Also the taste is good but I didn’t like the nutmeg at all so if I try again will not use nutmeg. Anyone have ideas why dumplings failed? I did recipe per order. Thanks Mike

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You need to make sure fruit is boiling so it will cook the dumplings quickly. I can’t think of any other reason they fell apart, Michael, unless you did not have them compact enough.

  4. Gabrielle says:

    I made these tonight and OH MY WORD they were so good!! The only thing I did was add 3/4 cup of sugar instead of a 1/4. I like my stuff sweet lol Awesome recipe!! Will make again!!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Gabrielle! So happy you enjoyed the recipe. I am a sweet freak, too. Have a wonderful 4th.

  5. Thanks so very much for the rescipe. My Mom has passed and I have wondered and wondered how she made this. I remember as a small child and she called it a Doo-bee also. Will make this very soon and Thanks again.

  6. Thank you so much for the blackberry dumplings recipe! I had no idea anyone else had ever heard of them or made them. What a surprise to see so many people who grew up with these too.

  7. Reading or using your recipes snaps me back to my childhood 74 yrs ago……

  8. I have made this twice everyone LOVE it my husband said it tasted like the ones his momma use to make we serve it over ice cream was a HIT and was very easy to make will be making again next year when in season

  9. My mother made these here in Louisiana. Sometimes she would make a light cream topping with evaporated milk, sugar and cinnamon if we were out of ice cream. We enjoyed the cream topping just as much as the ice cream!

  10. Delores Greenwood says:

    My mom used to make these…

  11. Gloria Huse says:

    Grew up with my grandmother making this. My favorite, however she would strain them and just used the juice because the seeds would get under her teeth. Yum yum! Going to have to go blackberry picking this weekend!!

  12. Nita Voorhees says:

    My mother always made these. She made flat dumplings though. She also used rhubarb which was plentiful on the farm in KY. If you like that flavor you will need to used a little more sugar and a little lemon juice to counter the tartness of the rhubarb. I used to make them too when I had a large family to feed.

    I enjoy reading your blog, it reminds me of KY. Thank you.

  13. how can I copy this recipe

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Just click on the little printer icon under the recipe, Bertha, and you can remove the photo and any text you don’t want and just print the recipe.

  14. Now you really are cooking! I love blackberries also. I can remember picking them out in the fields, and then watching my Grandma work her magic. Thanks for the great recipes.

  15. My grandmother used to make strawberry in a noodle dough. Pinched them shut,boiled them, then put butter and cream on them. Yum! Anyone know how to make this??

  16. can I use self-rising flour?

  17. Dear Southern Lady ; I love your emails and I love the recipes that I’ve been trying my only problem is I’m a diabetic and I was wondering if it would taste as good or if you even know if I use wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour ?and umm separate or changed the sugar to Splenda could you please reply and let me know? I I too love all kinds of Fruit and I especially love blueberries and BlackBerries but I have to watch if I want to make this recipe I have to watch the real sugar so maybe you could help me out with changing up the recipe

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Sorry, I don’t do any diabetic recipes Megan. You could probably use a sweetener and 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 regular but I have not tried it. Thank you for being a fan.

    • Try almond flour. It doesn’t affect your blood sugar nearly as much. Or coconut flour. Some people mix them. Good luck!

  18. This is my favorite treat…My mom used to make this for me, we called it Blackberry Do Bee!

  19. My grandmother would make these for me when I was a little girl. My aunts and uncles always wanted me to ask for them. She wouldn’t make them for anyone but me.

  20. naomi kash says:

    my Mom use to make these..i love them haven’t made them in a while gonna go blackberry picking in a while then ill make some…..

  21. OH.MY.STARS! Blackberries are a favorite of mine too…and adding dumplings too? Perfection! Pinned! Thanks much for sharing.

  22. Shelly S. says:

    I, too, am a blackberry lover. Can;t wait to try this. It looks amazing.

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