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Cherry Empanadas (Cherry Hand Pies)

Delicious sweet cherry pies you can hold in your hand - what could be better? That's right - we are talking about Cherry Empanadas. There’s nothing quite like a good cherry pie—and these cherry hand pies are perfect for novice and seasoned bakers.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 24
Calories: 126kcal

Ingredients

Cherry Filling

  • 2 (21-ounce cans) cherry pie filling

Empanada dough

Glaze

Instructions

Cherry Filling

  • Drain cherry filling and discard the majority of the syrup and slice cherries in half.

Empanada Dough

  • Mix the first 5 dry ingredients. Cut in the shortening. It is best to use your hands. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and milk and combine with dry ingredients. Continue to work in with your hands until you have a soft dough. Split the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Assemble and bake empanadas

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Take out half the dough and split it into 12 equal balls of dough.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough balls into small round circles. Place a small dollop of cherry pie filling on one half of each of the dough circles. Brush the bottom edge of the circles with evaporated milk to help seal the two halves. Fold over the dough to cover filling and seal off the edges with a fork by pressing down along the edges. This also makes for a pretty pattern when baked.
  • Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • Brush each empanada with some canned evaporated milk, sprinkle with raw sugar. Puncture the top of each empanada with a fork to allow steam to escape while baking.
  • Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray, place the empanadas on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes on middle rack in the oven.
  • Brush empanadas again with more canned evaporated milk.
  • Move the cookie sheet to the top rack and continue to bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Enjoy the empanadas warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate baked empanadas for a few days.
  • Reheat in a toaster oven or bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Notes

  • No buttermilk? 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice + 1/2 cup milk. Gently stir the mixture and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Two cans of apple pie filling can be substituted for cherry pie filling.
  • Enjoy the empanadas warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate baked empanadas for a few days. Reheat in a toaster oven or bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 24g | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg