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Homemade Dumplings

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One of the things we all love to have for dinner are old-fashioned homemade dumplings. Drop them in a pot of bubbling soup and about 10 minutes later you’ll have the biggest fluffiest from scratch dumplings you’ve ever made. Trust me on this one!

Homemade dumplings in chicken soup.

These are truly homemade dumplings. Mixed up quickly from just a few humble pantry ingredients they come out perfect just about every single time. That is fluffy and steamed to perfection!

Dumplings From Scratch

If you’re looking for a chicken and dumplings recipe may I direct you to my Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings? It’s a full soup recipe with everything you need to make a big happy pot of soup. OR if you’ve got leftover turkey here’s a recipe for Turkey and Dumplings, you won’t be disappointed!

But if you’re here for JUST an Old Fashioned Dumpling Recipe and you’ve got the soup part under control well then you’re in the RIGHT PLACE!

Just remember that your dumplings do need a sprinkle of salt and pepper on top of them before you steam them. The flavor can’t be beat!

Soft Fluffy Dumplings From Scratch

You can make soft fluffy dumplings from scratch just follow these EASY tips for the BEST homemade dumplings!

  • Lighten your flour so you don’t add too much flour to you homemade dumplings, that will kill them
  • stir together the dry ingredients and set aside
  • mix the liquid ingredients
  • pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and stir with a fork
  • stir ONLY until the mix comes together and then stop
  • make sure your soup is JUST on the verge of boiling and reduce the heat slightly
  • drop by fork fulls into the soup, salt and pepper them, cover and leave covered while cooking, stay around in case the pot starts to boil over and remove it from the heat slightly to keep it from boiling over
  • once the cooking time has passed open the lid and use a fork to open a dumpling if it’s cooked enough the outside will be soupy and tender while the inside is steamed soft and fluffy

What Can Go Wrong with Homemade Dumplings?

If you’ve made dumplings before and had a few problems I CAN HELP. Because I’ve MADE a lot of bad dumplings in my life. If your dumplings were hard, tough, fell apart in the soup, or were just plain bad read on!

  • if your dumplings were hard or tough then you over mixed them, you should mix the dough until it JUST comes together
  • NEVER roll the dumplings with your hands it compacts the dough and makes for hard dumplings
  • if your dumplings come apart in soup it was at a hard boil when the dough was dropped in
  • if your dumplings fell apart in the soup then the soup wasn’t just almost boiling when you dropped them in, it must be on the verge of boiling, then the heat must be reduced a bit so you can cover them with a lid to cook them WITHOUT them boiling over(this sounds tricky but it’s not!)
  • Another reason dumplings fall apart is that they were slightly undermixed when you added them to the soup, stir until combined and the mixtures forms a ball in the middle of the bowl
Yield: 12

Homemade Dumplings

Homemade dumplings in chicken soup.

These EASY from scatch homemade dumplings make ANY soup recipe a hearty meal!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • pinch of salt
  • salt and pepper to sprinkle on


  1. when your soup is fully cooked and just about ready to serve it should be bubbling lightly, reduce the heat
  2. mix the dry ingredients together with a fork
  3. set aside

  4. Pour wet into dry.
  5. stir with a fork just until the mixture comes together in a ball
  6. drop by fork fulls into the soup making 12 dumplings
    Drop by fork fulls into bubbling soup.
  7. salt and pepper the tops of the dumplings
  8. cover the soup and cook WITHOUT taking off the lid for 10 minutes
  9. when the time is up take the lid off check a dumpling to see how it looks, it should be soft and soupy on the outside and soft, fluffy and perfectly steamed on the inside
    Dumpling check.
    Check your dumplings.
  10. if it's not cooked through or seems doughy cover the pot and cook another 2 minutes
  11. check them again once they're cooked through they are ready to serve in the soup

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 137Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 1mgSodium 129mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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