Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

My mom frequently made these when we were kids. We couldn't wait to bite into them while they were still warm.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pastry:.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in water until completely moistened. Divide pastry into 2 equal portions. Roll out each portion thinner than you would for pie crust. Cut into circles with a 3-1/2" biscuit or cookie cutter.
  3. Apple filling:.
  4. In a medium saucepan, simmer diced apples, cider, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg over low heat until apples are soft. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with enough water to form a thin consistency; stir into apple mixture and cook until mixture thickens.
  5. Assembly and cooking:.
  6. Brush pastry circles with beaten egg. Place a small spoonful of apple mixture in center of each circle. Fold pastry over filling to form a half circle. Press edges together with a fork to seal.
  7. Heat 1 cup of cooking oil to 400 degrees in an electric skillet. Place several empanadas in hot oil at a time, cooking on one side, and turning over when golden brown. Cook second side until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  8. Sprinkle tops of empanadas with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
Most Helpful

I also did not have the same results as some. When I went to fry the dough all it did was fall apart. As far as the filling- delicious. We ended up eating the filling.

HiS LoVeLy BaKeR December 31, 2008

Like the others, this dough was a problem. The filling was good. Made about four and gave up,made a mini pie with the rest of the ingredients

Mariellyn25 September 28, 2015

The filling is good but the dough is awful! As soon as I put it in the oil it starts to fall apart immediately. Makes sense though considering it is a 2:1 ratio of flour to shortening. As soon as the shortening in the dough gets into the oil it turns to liquid and there is no binder in the dough to hold it together. Baking it with this dough might be ok, but the recipe as written is not usable.

Jen R. September 17, 2015