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Caramel Apple Empanadas (Hand Pies)

Caramel Apple Empanadas are FLAKY, BUTTERY hand pies filled with fresh Granny Smith apples, apple pie spice, and a RICH caramel sauce.

apple empanadas on parchment paper

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Caramel Apple Empanadas

When cooler weather comes, I immediately start thinking of all the delicious flavors that it brings.

I love wearing sweaters, sitting by a warm fire, all while enjoying a hot beverage, and some spiced apple pie.

The other thing I love is caramel apples! The buttery chewy coating covering a tart and crisp apple. Oh, how I love the get messy eating one of those. Reminds me of being a kid!

But making these are not always the easiest of tasks, so why not enjoy the flavors in an easier way?!?

How about homemade caramel apple empanadas?

What is a Caramel Apple Empanada?

An empanada is a baked or fried turnover that contains a savory or sweet filling.

These are dessert empanadas, if you will, and filled with all the flavors of a traditional caramel apple. Fresh apples! No apple pie filling!

There are many different fruit versions but think of this as more of an apple pie empanada with the addition of caramel.

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Ingredients for Apple Empanadas

How many apples for 4 pounds?

Roughly 8 large, 12 medium, or 16 small apples will equal 4 pounds. You won’t need this many for this recipe. If you have extras, try my fresh apple pie salsa!

Try them in these Caramel Apple Nachos.

What can I use for empanada dough?

If you can’t find or don’t want to use the empanada discs that you find in the freezer, you can always use refrigerated pie crust or make homemade empanada dough.

Just cut the circles between 4-5 inches across out of the two crusts.

How do you make apple empanadas from scratch?

ONE: Preheat oven to 425F. Thaw empanada dough if frozen. Make egg wash by combining egg and milk in a small bowl. Beat until mixed. Set aside.

TWO: Peel and dice the apples. Place in a large bowl. Toss them in lemon juice. Add the apple pie spice and 1/4 cup caramel sauce. Stir to evenly coat the apples.

THREE: Place 2-3 tablespoons apple filling in the center of each disc of dough.Drizzle a little caramel sauce on the filling, being careful not to get near the edges of the dough.

FOUR: Brush the outside edges of the dough with the egg wash. Fold the dough in half over the filling, pressing out any air as you go. Crimp closed with a fork to seal.

FIVE: Place empanadas on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or on a silicone mat.Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.

SIX: Bake at 425F for 20-25 minutes or until the dough is golden brown. Remove from the oven when done and let cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle with remaining caramel sauce if desired. Serve warm!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Is it better to bake or fry empanadas?

Depending on how much of a mess you want to make. I love mine deep fried for sure but baking and air frying are just as good with a lot less fuss. Bake empanadas in a large batch!

Are empanadas from Mexico?

Some trace their beginnings to Spain but have been embraced by various regions and cultures, including Mexico. Most have adapted recipes to use local ingredients and incorporate their regional flavors.

This dessert empanada recipe is very similar to the ones they sell at Taco Bell, but I am not sure this counts as authentic “Mexican” food.

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How do you keep them crispy?

Make sure you let them cool completely before storing for any period of time. And I would hold off on drizzling the tops with caramel sauce until you are ready to serve them.

How long can they sit out?

These are stable at room temperature for up to 4 days. Make sure they are in an air tight container.

Do you put empanadas in the fridge?

You don’t have to store these in the fridge after they are baked. But if you do, you can reheat them to make them crispy again.

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Why do my empanadas explode?

To keep them from exploding or leaking out of the seams, make sure you cut a slit in the top of them for the steam to escape while cooking.

Be sure to crimp or fold the edges to seal them fully or the filling will leak out.

How do you freeze empanadas?

Once they are baked, cool them completely, place in a freezer safe bag, and freeze for up to 3 months. Be sure to leave off the caramel sauce before freezing.

Speaking of the freezer… serve these empanadas with ice cream for a complete dessert!

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More Empanadas to Try

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Caramel Apple Empanadas

Yield: 10 empanadas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Caramel Apple Empanadas are flaky & buttery hand pies filled with fresh tart apples, warm spices, and a rich caramel sauce.

Ingredients

  • 10 empanada dough discs
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 1 cup Torani Caramel Sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons Turbinado (raw) sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Make egg wash by combining egg and milk in a small bowl. Beat until mixed. Set aside.
  2. Peel and dice the apples. Toss them in lemon juice.
  3. Add the apple pie spice and 1/4 cup caramel sauce. Stir to evenly coat the apples.
  4. Place 2-3 tablespoons apple filling in the center of each disc of dough.
  5. Drizzle a little caramel sauce on the filling, being careful not to get near the edges of the dough.
  6. Brush the outside edges of the dough with the egg wash. Fold the dough in half over the filling, pressing out any air as you go. Crimp closed with a fork to seal.
  7. Place empanadas on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or on a silicone mat.
  8. Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar if desired.
  9. Bake at 425F for 20-25 minutes of until the dough is golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven when done and let cool for 5 minutes.
  11. Drizzle with remaining caramel sauce if desired. Serve warm!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 470Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 597mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 13g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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