Preheat oven to 375°F. Line an 8x8 pan with lightly greased foil.
In a medium bowl mix together the apple butter, walnuts, and raisins.
Roll-out the cold but thawed dough into a 12x12 square. Cut into four 6-inch squares.
Place one apple in the middle of one square of dough. Fill the center with the nut mixture.
Bring up the corners of the dough to meet in the center, covering the apple. Pinch edges to seal. Place in the pan.
Repeat with the remaining ingredients. If at any time the dough gets too warm, refrigerate until cold again
Bake for 30 minutes, while preparing the syrup. (see step 10)
Pour syrup over the apples, and return to the oven to bake for another 15-20 minutes until crust is golden brown and baked.
Remove from the pan, and serve dumplings warm or at room temperature.
Syrup: In a medium saucepan, bring the water, apple butter, and brown sugar to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, whisking often. Remove from heat.
Ice cream, with a dollop of apple butter on top, goes great with these apple dumplings.