Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is one of my favorite empanada dough recipes. You can fill the pastry with your choice of fruit filling or meat, whichever you prefer. I like to cook shredded pork in my crockpot and fill these pies and serve with a warm sauce and my Enchilada Soup. You can't go wrong with this recipe.


  2. Cream butter and cream cheese together until smoothly blended.
  3. Beat in the flour.
  4. Shape dough into a smooth ball; wrap in foil or cling wrap, and refrigerate overnight or up to a week.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator 30 minutes before using.
  7. Start heating oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Roll chilled dough thin.
  9. Cut with 3 or 4 inch round cookie cutter.
  10. Place small spoonful of filling in center of each round, moisten edges with water.
  11. Fold round over and press edges together.
  12. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 15 to 20 minutes.
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This is the recipe I was looking for.The dough is nice and crispy, buttery and has a great texture and flavor. I used light Philadelphia cream cheese and 1/4 tsp. salt. I had 15 4-inch small empanadas filled with sauted mixture of onion,zucchini,red bell pepper,carrot,bacon and cheese. This dough would be great for chicken pot pie or apple pie as well. Next time I will double the recipe. Thank you

Hanka January 11, 2008

I doubled the recipe and made 16 empanadas about six-inches in size. Very nice, flaky dough. I also used light cream cheese. I did sprinkle in some salt since I was using unsalted butter, but it could have used a little more. My bake time was closer to 30-40 minutes. The dough seemed too sticky before refrigeration so I added some flour but given how hard it was by the next day, I probably didn't need to.

dandel May 11, 2008

this recipe was ok...but theres no way that you get 30 empanadas out of this..I got 4 tiny tiny ones they were so small you could barley taste the feeling inside...If you want to make 30 you would have to time this recipe by 6

New2Cookin #2 August 16, 2007