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Easy Baked Spiced Apple Empanadas

My Easy Baked Spiced Apple Empanadas are the perfect way to enjoy the flavors of apple pie in a handheld form plus cure your sweet tooth. When apple season rolls around, apple pie empanadas are a must try! The diced apples are mixed with fragrant spices and baked in a delicious homemade pastry dough.

fresh baked apple empanadas on a sheet pan.
Easy Baked Spiced Apple Empanadas.

Why You’ll Love These Apple Empanadas

  • If you love apple pie, then this is for you!
  • The crust is golden and baked to perfection.
  • They are easy to make and various fillings can be used. 

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Ingredients You’ll Need for these Baked Apple Empanadas 

ingredients for apple empanadas .

Granny smith apples. Peeled and sliced.

Unsalted butter.

White sugar.

Brown sugar. I like to use light brown. 

Ground cinnamon.

Ground cardamom.

Ground cloves.

Ground nutmeg.

All purpose flour. This is for thickening the juices.

Pie dough. Either store bought or homemade pie crust will work for this recipe. You will need 2- top and bottom. 

Egg. This is for an egg wash that you will use right before the empanadas go into the oven.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  2. Starting with apple filling: peel and slice apples. Place into a large bowl and sprinkle with both sugars and the spices. Mix to combine. 
  3. In a large skillet over medium/low heat, melt the butter and add in the apples. Saute the apples about 10 minutes or until the juices start to extract.
  4. Add in the flour and continue to cook for about another 5 minutes, stirring gently. 
  5. When apples are soft and tender, remove the heat and set aside. Add the egg to a small bowl with a dash of water and whisk to combine.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough. 
  7. Using a large biscuit cutter (3 1/4 inch)- cut 10 circles. 
  8. Take each individual circle and expand it a bit more with the roller. (use more flour if needed on the surface and the roller.)
  9. Scoop about a tablespoon of the apple pie filling and place it in the middle of the circle. Fold the circle over and crimp the edges of the empanada with a fork to seal it. 
  10. Place all the empanadas on the parchment-lined baking sheet and brush egg wash over the tops. Put in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Let the empanadas cool for a few minutes before eating. 

Helpful tips for Apple Empanadas

A biscuit cutter that is 3 1/4 inches is best for the pastry rounds. 

You can use a homemade empanada dough or a store bought pie crust.  

Always use flour on your work surface.

A trick I have is to have 2 large sheet pans ready. Have one with parchment paper and some flour on it for the assembled empanadas (as you make them) and one greased (ready for baking in the oven).

The reason is that you don’t want the dough to get soggy from sitting on the grease too long.  Once you got all the empanadas to the greased baking sheet, that is when you will brush them with the egg wash.

When they are done in the oven, let them cool for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack (or eating) Remove them carefully using a spatula. 

Empanadas are tasty warm or at room temperature.

You can use sliced apples or diced apples.

Egg mixture will help give the empanadas a golden brown color. 

Tart granny smith apples are the best!

The insides of the empanadas.

Serving Suggestions

They are best served warm . You can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side or a drizzle of caramel sauce on top. They’re perfect for the fall season or any time you crave a cozy dessert. 

A savory filling will work with this recipe as well. 

For a more sweeter touch, add a sprinkle of turbinado sugar over the top before baking.

Empanadas can also be fried or cooked in an air fryer. 

This apple empanada filling will also taste great in a puff pastry, 

Storage and Reheating

Store any leftover empanadas in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10 minutes or until warm. Or warm them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Recipe inspiration for this apple empanada recipe

Apple anything is a hit in our house.  And there is nothing tastier than sweet apple empanadas! Be sure to check out my other empanada recipes such as my  Fresh Fig Empanadas with Goat Cheese and also my Cherry Dessert Empanadas.

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Apple empanadas on a sheet pan.

Easy Baked Spiced Apple Empanadas

Kristina Cadelina
My Easy Baked Spiced Apple Empanadas are the perfect way to enjoy the flavors of apple pie in a handheld form plus cure your sweet tooth. Sliced apples are mixed with fragrant spices and baked in delicious homemade pastry dough.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 20
Calories 143 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 medium green apples peeled and sliced , medium or large
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 pie crust top and bottom needed, homemade or store bought
  • 1 large egg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  • Starting with the apples, peel and slice apples. Place into a large bowl and sprinkle with both sugars and the spices. Mix to combine. 
  • In a large pan over medium/low heat, melt the butter and add in the apples. Saute the apples about 10 minutes or until the juices start to extract.
  • Add in the flour and continue to cook for about another 5 minutes, stirring gently. 
  • When apples are soft and tender, remove the heat and set aside. Add the egg to a small bowl with a dash of water and whisk to combine.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough. 
  • Using a large biscuit cutter (3 1/4 inch)- cut 10 circles. 
  • Take each individual circle and expand it a bit more with the roller. (use more flour if needed on the surface and the roller.)
  • Scoop about a tablespoon of the apple filling and place it in the middle of the circle. Fold the circle over and crimp the edges of the empanada with a fork to seal it. 
  • Place all the empanadas on the sheet pan and brush with egg wash. Put in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. 

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Notes

Notes:
A biscuit cutter that is 3 1/4 inches is best for the pastry rounds. 
You can use a homemade empanada dough or a store bought pie crust.  
Always use flour on your work surface.
A trick I have is to have 2 large sheet pans ready. Have one with parchment paper and some flour on it for the assembled empanadas (as you make them) and one greased (ready for baking in the oven).
The reason is that you don’t want the dough to get soggy from sitting on the grease too long.  Once you got all the empanadas to the greased baking sheet, that is when you will brush them with the egg wash.
When they are done in the oven, let them cool for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack (or eating) Remove them carefully using a spatula. 
Empanadas are tasty warm or at room temperature.
You can use sliced apples or diced apples.
Egg mixture will help give the empanadas a golden brown color. 
Tart granny smith apples are the best!
Storage and Reheating: Store any leftover empanadas in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10 minutes or until warm. Or warm them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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