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Fried Apple Empanada Recipe!

homemade fried apple hand pies
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: latin
Servings: 8 empanadas
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Cari


  • Dough:
  • 4 Tablespoons of cold butter cut into cubes
  • 1 ¼ Cup of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon of sea salt
  • ½ Teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons of sugar
  • 4-5 Tablespoons of cold water
  • Filling:
  • 2 Large Gala apples peeled and cut into small pieces
  • ¼ Cup of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of corn meal cornmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • ½ Teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.
  • Dulce De Leche Dipping Sauce:
  • ¼ Cup of dulce de leche
  • 3 Tablespoons of milk


  • Prepare the dough by placing the flour, baking powder, salt cold butter and sugar in a food processor. Pulse a couple of times until the texture begins to look like big crumbs.
  • Add the cold water one tablespoon at a time and pulse in the food processor until homogeneous mass is obtained.
  • Remove the dough and knead the dough over a floured surface. Be sure not to overwork the dough. Then form the dough into a disk, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator.
  • Let the dough cool in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling; Peel and cut the apples into small cubes and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add lime juice and stir so that all the apples are covered in juice to avoid browning.
  • Place the apples, butter, cornmeal, sugar, pinch of nutmeg and Ceylon cinnamon in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Gently stir the apples for about 8-10 minutes until the sugar and cinnamon slurry begin to boil.
  • Place the apples back in the medium mixing bowl and allow to cool completely.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and start rolling it out over a floured surface.
  • Roll out the dough until the dough is about a half a centimeter thick.  Be sure to move the dough around and keep flouring your surface to avoid it from sticking.
  • Cut out 7 inch circles (I used a soup bowl) and place it on the emapanda maker.
  • Fill the dough with 2 tablespoons of cooled apple filling, lightly wet the edges with cold water and close the empanada maker to seal the edges.
  • Place the sealed apple empanadas on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in the  refrigerator for about 10 to 15 minutes, this will harden up the dough.
  • In a frying pan, place 1 cup of sunflower oil or vegetable oil then heat at medium high heat.
  • Fry the empanadas in batches of at least three at a time, so the oil will maintain the right temperature. Fry 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown.
  • Once fried, move the empanadas to a plate lined with paper towels and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • Be sure to eat the fried apple empanadas nice and hot! If they get cold, you can microwave them for 10 seconds on high.


Serving: 1empanada | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg