Schnitz un Knepp Recipe – Ham and Apple Dumplings

You have got to try this Schnitz un Knepp recipe! I know, you’re probably wondering “What the heck is that?” but just keep on reading! Years ago, I visited Pennsylvania Dutch country as a teenager and have been fascinated with Amish lifestyle and recipes since then. This recipe is something I haven’t made since before the kids were born so I decided it was definitely time to make it again.

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Schnitz un Knepp Recipe

So, what is it is? I’ll break it down for you Schnitz AND Knepp. Schnitz meaning = dried apples. Knepp meaning = buttons or in this case dumplings. In PA Dutch Country Schnitz und Knepp or Schnitz Un Knepp is typically ham or pork with dried apples and dumplings.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can tailor it up or down depending on how many you want to serve. With only Marty and I in the house right now, I used a petite ham. Marty is not a fan of ham. I used half a container of dried apples and half of the recipe for the dumpling batter. You can find the Schnitz on Amazon.

Yields 4

Schnitz un Knepp Recipe

Schnitz un Knepp is a dish of boiled ham with apple dumplings. It's one of my favorite Pennsylvania Dutch recipes.

10 minPrep Time

3 hrCook Time

3 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 3 lb. ham
  • 1 qt. dried Schnitz (apples)
  • Dumpling Batter:
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. melted shortening


  1. Boil the ham for two hours.
  2. Soak the dried apples for as long as the ham is boiling.
  3. When the meat is done, add the dried apples and however much water they have been soaking in.
  4. Boil for one more hour.
  5. You can reduce the boiling time if you want to but the flavor is better if you follow these directions.
  6. Prepare the dumpling batter by mixing all of the ingredients.
  7. Drop by tablespoons into the boiling liquid.
  8. Cook COVERED tightly for 15 minutes.



2443 cal


74 g


282 g


153 g
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There are so many different recipes from Pennsylvania Dutch Country that I enjoyed including Shoofly Pie. I hope to make at some point as well. Now if you have ever wondered how to make Apple Schnitz, it simply means dried apples. You can make them in a dehydrator any time you have extra apples. Or, you can look for Apple Schnitz in the grocery store where you would find things like banana chips and dried pineapple.

Sauerkraut and “Knepp” would be dumplings made on top of sauerkraut. Just heat the sauerkraut in a pan until it boils. Then, drop the dumplings on top and cook like you did in the recipe above.

So, will you be trying this Schnitz un Knepp recipe?


  1. Cygnus MacLlyr says
    Does sound great! And with canned ham-- i got one or so around...hehehe

  2. Katie Miller says
    These dumplings look good and remind me of my grandma's cooking.
  3. This looks like the ultimate comfort food. I have never had apple dumplings, but I really want to try them now.

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