Baked Apple Empanadas

La Cocina Goya

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granny smith apples, cored, peeled and cut into ½” pieces (about 6 cups)

1 cup

chopped brown sugar cane from 1pkg. (8 oz.) GOYA® Brown Sugar Cane - Piloncillo, or 1 cup packed dark brown sugar


GOYA® Ground Cinnamon, divided

¼ tsp.

ground cloves

2 tbsp.


All-purpose flour, for rolling out dough


egg, mixed with 2 tsp. water and beaten


Empanadas de Manzana

These Baked Apple Empanadas are famous in Mexico, and combine 3 traditional elements typically seen in Mexican-style empanadas: A flaky pastry that is baked (not fried), a sweet fruit filling and a coating of sugar that lends an irresistible crunch to the crust. Here, tart granny smith apples are the fruit of choice, and are spiked with cinnamon and cloves before getting stuffed into the dough and baked. For an authentic Mexican experience, serve these little treats for breakfast or dessert with coffee or hot chocolate.


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Step 1

Add apples, brown sugar cane, lemon juice, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and ground cloves to small pot; set pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and apples begin to release their liquid. Reduce heat to medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates and apples are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Transfer cooked apples to bowl; chill until cold. (Note: Filling can be stored covered in refrigerator for up to 1 week.)

Step 2

Heat oven to 425°F. In small bowl, mix sugar with remaining cinnamon until combined; set aside.

Step 3

On lightly floured work surface, using rolling pin, roll out puff pastry round until about ½” larger in diameter. Spoon 2 tbsp. cooled apple mixture into middle of dough. Moisten edges with beaten eggs; fold in half to form half-moon shape. Seal edges by pressing with fork; transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pastry rounds and filling to make 12 empanadas. Brush tops of empanadas with beaten eggs; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Using tip of knife, make small slit in top of each empanada to vent.

Step 4

Bake until empanadas are puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes, rotating pan after 10 minutes for even browning. Transfer empanadas to cooling rack; let sit until cool enough to handle. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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