Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas

Looking for a delightful treat to embrace the flavors of fall? Try these Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas! These flaky pastries are filled with a spiced pumpkin mixture, perfect for a cozy dessert or a festive snack. Here’s how to make them:


For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold water

For the filling:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Gradually add the cold water, mixing until the dough comes together. Form it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Make the Filling:
    • In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth.
  3. Assemble the Empanadas:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Use a round cutter (about 4-5 inches in diameter) to cut out circles.
    • Place a tablespoon of the pumpkin filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough over to create a half-moon shape and press the edges with a fork to seal.
  4. Bake:
    • Place the empanadas on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with the beaten egg.
    • In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon for the topping, and sprinkle it over the empanadas.
    • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the empanadas are golden brown.
  5. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the empanadas to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy them warm or at room temperature!

These Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas are sure to be a hit with their warm, spiced filling and buttery crust. Perfect for any autumn gathering or just a cozy night in!

Feel free to share this recipe with your members and enjoy the sweet flavors of pumpkin in a delightful empanada form!


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