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09/17/2013 09:19 am ET Updated Sep 17, 2013

Dessert Dumpling Recipes (PHOTOS)

We know what you're thinking -- the term 'dumplings' doesn't typically bring to mind dessert. But we're not talking about the shrimp, pork, or vegetable varieties that make the perfect Asian-style appetizer, we're talking about sweet fillings that make this food ideal for after dinner instead of before it.

Though the Asian-style dumpling may be the best-known, countries worldwide have regional variations of this favorite food. And one of the best things about making dumplings is that they can be made with pretty much anything you're craving at the moment -- and considering we are often craving sweets, these recipes cater to those of us who believe dessert is the most important part of a meal. We've collected 12 recipes that will convince you to put the savory fillings aside in favor of some sweet ingredients.

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Dessert Dumpling Recipes

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