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How to make dumplings

Learn to make drop dumplings and flat dumplings. Great for chicken and dumplings!
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Chicken and Dumplings, drop dumplings, flat dumplings
Servings: 30 dumplings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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.