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Easy Baked Apple Empanadas

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These Easy Baked Apple Empanadas are made with premade pie crusts and a simple apple filling for the perfect size dessert.

Three baked apple empanadas on a plate with some sliced apples on the side.

Empanadas are essentially the Latin American version of a hand pie. Similarly they can be filled with Sweet or Savory flavor combinations. Like my Sweet Potato Empanadas.

I was able to get together with a foodie friend, Belqui and her Food Blog is Belqui’s Twist. Be sure to check out her Delicious Empanada Recipe!

We had so much fun making this YouTube video on Dessert Empanadas. Watch the episode and see what filling option Belqui uses for her empanadas!


I used a combination of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples. I like the flavor you get from combining sweet and tart apples.

Ingredients with text, cinnamon, lemon, brown sugar, pie crusts, apples, and an egg.

The lemon juice add a splash of brightness, and the brown sugar for sweetness.

Don’t add the egg to the filling, this will be whisked and used as the egg was on the empanadas.

Follow the package directions on how to thaw the pie crust dough. You don’t want the dough too warm, since that makes it more stickier.

Try this savory option for mini quiche cups using pie dough.

Apple Filling

Peel and dice the apples and place them in a skillet. Add lemon juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the apples. Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.

Two images, one showing uncooked dice apples, and the other cooked diced apples.

You want to cook the apples until all the liquid evaporates and the apples have softened. The apples should be soft and tender.

Allow the filling to cool before assembling the apple empanadas. You can also make this filling ahead of time and store in the fridge for a couple of days.

How to Make Apple Empanadas

Unfold the pie crust and using a glass or small bowl, 3 in diameter, cut circles in the pie crust. They should be close together, and once you run out of room, remove the cut circles. Roll the leftover dough back into a ball and roll it out flat to repeat the process.

Collage of 4 images on how to make apple empanadas.

You should get about 9 discs from 1 standard pie crust. Now roll out each disc till it almost doubles in size, 6 in. You want the dough to be as thin as possible since it will puff up during baking.

Now fill each rolled out dough disc with 2 heaping tablespoons of the apple filling. Enough to fill the middle, but leaving some room on the sides.

Once the filling is added fold the bottom over to meet the top and either crimp the edges with a fork or make a seal by folding the edges over. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Just needs to be sealed.

Once all your apple empanadas are filled and sealed, place them in the refrigerator to chill while the oven preheats. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.

Unbaked apple empanadas with egg was on a silicon mat.

Once the oven is preheated, use a knife to cut small slits on the top of each apple empanada. This allows some venting during the baking process.

The last step is to brush the empanadas with an egg wash to create a nice golden crust on the outside. Simple whisk 1 whole egg until smooth. Then brush over the tops of each empanada.

Three baked apple hand pies on a grey plate.

Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the empanadas from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes. The filling will be very hot out of the oven.

The apple empanadas can be served warm or allow them to rest and serve at room temperature. My favorite way to eat them is with a hot cup of coffee.

Baked empanada that is broken in half to show the apple filling.

Try my recipe for a gluten free Pineapple Loaf.

Feature image of three baked apple empanadas.

Easy Baked Apple Empanadas

These Easy Baked Apple Empanadas are made with premade pie crusts and a simple apple filling.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 Empanadas


  • 1 Pie Crust Refrigerated or Frozen and thawed according to package directions
  • 3 Honeycrisp Apples peeled and diced
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg whisked for egg wash


  • Peel and dice apples into small even pieces. Place apples in a skillet over medium heat, and add lemon juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Continue cooking, stirring periodically until liquid evaporates and apples have softened. You don't want the apple filling to have a lot of moisture. Remove from heat and allow to cool. You can also make this a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Thaw pie crust according to package directions.
  • Use a cup or small bowl that is 3 in diameter. Unroll the pie crust and use the cup to cut out circles in the crust. Make them close together to use up all the space. Then roll the scraps back together into a ball and roll out again and repeat the process until you use all the dough.
  • Take one dough disc and roll it out again to double in size, about 6 in diameter. Then take 2 heaping tablespoons of apple filling and place it in the center of the disc. Fold the dough over and seal the edges with a fork or create a seal by folding the edges over. Place on a baking sheet.
  • Once all the empanadas are filled. Place them in the refirgerator while the oven pre-heats. Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit
  • Remove empanadas from the refrigerator. Take a knife and make 2 small slits across the top of each one for venting.
  • Beat one egg until smooth and use a pastry brush to brush the tops of each empanada with the egg wash.
  • Bake empanadas for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. The filling will be hot out of the oven. Serve warm or allow to cool to room temperature and serve.



After baking the empanadas can be kept at room temperature for 2 hours. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheat in the oven.
Belqui’s Pumpkin Empanadas
Sweet Potato Empanadas


Serving: 1gCalories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 78mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 74IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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