With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

Easy Pumpkin Empanadas

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You know what really bugs me? The fact that every time I go to buy an empanada, the pumpkin flavored ones are always out! It is almost like you have to get to the store the second they put them out or you are leaving the store empty handed, which I normally do. Sad, right? Anyways, have you ever had an empanada? If you haven’t, it is high-time to remedy that with my recipe for this traditional Mexican baked dessert.

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

I don’t know who the first Mexican culinary genius was to create these morsels of deliciousness, but I praise their name. I also realize a few of my weaknesses; limited time, and I am sooo not a dough maker. It’s not my thing, but if you are like me, no worries. I’ve got you covered. This recipe doesn’t require you to make your own dough. Plus it takes only a few minutes to make! You are totally in now, right?!

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

To make these you need 5 ingredients:

  • Two ready made pie crusts
  • One can of 100% canned and pureed pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

Now, let’s get to making them! Let your pie crusts cool to room temp for about 10 minutes and then roll them out and cut out about 12 small round circles. I use a large circular 4 inch opening plastic cup to cut mine out. Sure I could use something more professional, but my system works :)

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

Next, let’s talk the pumpkin pie filling. Combine the can of pumpkin, sugar and cinnamon, then mix well. That’s it! Next, add about a tablespoon of the pumpkin filling into the very center of your circular shape. Making sure not to get too close to any of the edges. Then fold in half.

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

Next, take a fork and add a nice pattern all around the half moon shape. It’s OK if some filling comes out. Just wipe off excess with your finger and keep going!

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

For a cute little garnish, I added some fun Fall shapes onto the top of each empananda with small sized cookie cutters I picked up at my local craft store. I think you can grab them pretty much anywhere though.

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

Next, brush on a thin layer of melted butter on top of the empanadas and also the fall shaped decor pieces. Place the empanadas in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool for about a minute and sprinkle a thin layer of sugar on the top.

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

Aren’t they pretty?! And because I used so many “brilliant”, more like lazy short-cuts, the longest step is cooking them.

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

Here’s a printable version for you to use at home:

 

Easy Pumpkin Empanadas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 empanadas

Easy Pumpkin Empanadas

Ingredients

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 ready made pie crusts
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

Instructions

  1. Pumpkin pie filling: Combine can of pumpkin, sugar and cinnamon, Mix well.
  2. Let your pie crusts cool to room temp for about 10 minutes and then roll them out and cut out about 12 small round circles.Use a large circular 4 inch opening shape to cut out.
  3. Add about a tablespoon of pumpkin filling into the very center of circular shape.
  4. Making sure not to get too close to any of the edges.
  5. Then fold in half.
  6. Take a fork and add a nice pattern all around the half moon shape.
  7. If some filling comes out, just wipe off excess with your finger and keep going!
  8. For a garnish on top of each empananda use Fall small sized cookie cutters with some of the excess dough from the pie crusts.
  9. Brush a thin layer of melted butter on top of the empanadas and also the Fall shaped decor pieces.
  10. Place empanadas in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  11. Let cool for about a minute and sprinkle a thin layer of sugar on the top.
  12. Enjoy!
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With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and get the chance to make them. They are sooo good!

With a few shortcuts learn how to make these deliciously easy pumpkin empanadas!

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Jen

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Comments

  1. They are so picture perfect, Jen! I love all things pumpkin and I mean REAL pumpkin, like you used here. Sign me up!

  2. Hi Jen, the only time I’ve ever had pumpkin is in soup. I just can’t get my head around using it in a sweet dish. These do look nice and simple to make though, which has to be a winner in any kitchen!

    xx
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