Dessert Fruit Empanaditas 3

Fruit Empanaditas (Little Fruit Turnovers)

These Fruit Empanaditas are little fruit turnovers that New Mexicans enjoy throughout the Christmas season. Use whatever dried fruit you have — but prunes,apricots and peaches are our favorites. Recently, we used mango, pineapple and cranberries for a delicious twist!
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Servings 24 Empanaditas
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.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Add sugar and spices.
  • In a separate bowl, for the dough, sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • Cut in shortening. Add water. Knead by hand until dough is smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF to 400ºF.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛ inch thick. Cut the dough in round pieces 3 inches in diameter. (Hint: A 13 oz. coffee can is perfect to cut dough.) 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.


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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