You can use any dried fruit for these Fruit Empanaditas but prunes, apricots and peaches are our favorites. Recently, we used mango, pineapple and cranberries for a delicious twist!

Bueno Foods Empanadas

Fruit Empanaditas (Little Fruit Turnovers)

These Fruit Empanaditas are little fruit turnovers that New Mexicans enjoy throughout the Christmas season.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine New Mexican
Servings 24 Servings
Calories 247 kcal



  • 1 lb. dried plums, apricots, or peaches (or a combination) cooked
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves


  • 4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter chilled
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cups water chilled


  • Using food processor, coarsely grind cooked fruit. Do not puree.
    1 lb. dried plums, apricots, or peaches (or a combination)
  • Transfer to a bowl. Add sugar and spices.
    1 cup sugar, ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon, ½ tsp. nutmeg, ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
    4 cups unbleached flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt
  • Cut in butter and shortening. Add water. Knead lightly to form ball.
    4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, 1 cup shortening, 2/3 cups water
  • Cover with plastic wrap. Chill in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛ inch thick. Cut the dough in round pieces 3 inches in diameter. Roll out each round piece to about 4 ½ inches in diameter.
  • Fill with 1 heaping tablespoon filling. Dip fingertip in cold water and moisten bottom half of circle. Fold dough over filling and press together with fingertips or fork.
  • Place empanaditas on a cookie sheet. Puncture top of each empanadita twice with fork. Bake at 375ºF for 25 minutes and at 400ºF for 5 more minutes or until golden brown.


Makes approximately 2 dozen 4 ½ inch, 1 ½ oz. empanaditas.


Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 744IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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