Dolly Parton says her sisters loving her take on their mother's dumplings is the best compliment

Dolly Parton says the "greatest compliment" is knowing she can recreate her mother's dumplings.

The ‘9 to 5’ legend has admitted she loves being compared to her mother Avie in the kitchen, and she's always glad when her sisters compliment her take on the dish.

Referring to her chicken and dumplings, the 76-year-old singer told PEOPLE: "I make them like Mama did. I have five sisters, and they all cook, but I'm the only one that everybody says my dumplings taste just like Mama's. To me, that's the greatest compliment ever."

The ‘Here You Come Again’ singer explained how "growing up poor” made baking and eating cakes a real treat.

She said: "Growing up poor, we didn't have a lot of sugar, so we didn't have cakes all the time so when Mama made special cakes, we loved being in the kitchen."

The 'Jolene' hitmaker revealed she likes it when her husband Carl Dean - who she has been married to for 55 years - keeps her company while she whips up some culinary treats.