Mini Creamy Strawberry Empanadas

Bite-sized desserts are so much fun! These Mini Creamy Strawberry Empanadas by dietitian Sylvia Klinger of Hispanic Food Communications, Inc. make the perfect bite-sized treat. While empanadas are traditionally filled with savory ingredients, this sweet variation shows just how versatile these pastry turnovers can be.

Mini Creamy Strawberry Empanadas

Mini Creamy Strawberry Empanadas

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield: 10 empanadas
Calories: 199kcal

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  • ½ to 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • ¼ stick cinnamon
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Tbsp corn starch
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced
  • 1 package frozen empanada disks, thawed or 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 large egg white mixed with 1 tsp water


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring milk, orange zest and cinnamon stick to a slow simmer over medium heat, watching the milk carefully so it doesn’t scorch or boil over. Simmer for 10 minutes; remove cinnamon stick and zest and reduce the heat down to low.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolk, sugar, corn starch, and vanilla in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of hot milk into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Repeat with another tablespoon of milk.
  • Add the egg mixture to the milk and whisk over low heat constantly until the mixture begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. It should be the consistency of creamy pudding.
  • Allow mixture to cool to room temperature for 30 minutes before using. Once cool add the strawberries.
  • Roll each crust on to a flat surface. Fill each circle with about 1 tablespoon of cooled filling. Carefully fold the dough in half, taking care to keep the filling inside the pocket. Press the edges shut and then seal using the tines of a fork. Brush with egg white mixture.
  • Place the sealed empanadas on a medium-sized cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Serving: 1  empanada | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 9mg

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