Apricot Empanadas

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.


35 empanadas

Updated: Mar. 01, 2023
These cute hand-held desserts are flaky and tender outside with a flavorful fruit filling inside. They take a little time to make, but you'll know they're worth it when the compliments start flowing. —Jeaune Hadl Van Meter, Lexington, Kentucky
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons apricot jam
  • Cinnamon-sugar


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the flour and lemon zest. Shape dough into a ball. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove dough from the refrigerator 1 hour before rolling. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 17-1/2x12-1/2-in. rectangle; cut into 2-1/2-in. squares. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon jam onto each square. Brush edges with water; fold pastry over filling, forming a triangle. Seal edges well with a fork.
  3. Place on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 89 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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