Caramel Apple Empanadas

Caramel Apple Empanadas are the perfect way to get in a quick caramel apple fix without all the fuss!  Perfect for an after-school snack or a quick dessert – these empanadas take less than 20 minutes to pull together and bake!  My kind of treat :)

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Caramel Apple Empanadas are the perfect way to get in a quick caramel apple fix without all the fuss! | #caramel #apple


Remember that caramel apple craze I told you about??  Yeah.  It’s not over.  Last night I could hardly sleep for all the caramel apple ideas that were popping into my head  – 99% of which will never be remembered.  Isn’t that how it always goes?  My best ideas always come at night when I’m lying in bed trying to go to sleep.

I’ve seriously thought about starting to record my ideas on a voice recorder so I won’t forget.  In the morning those ideas that seemed so bright and fresh are always a bit hazy.

This, of course, has nothing to do with this particular recipe so let me start again.

So this caramel apple craving had to be satisfied yet again just a few days ago.  I was thinking about a caramel apple pie and got all excited….headed to the kitchen and found that  I had two Granny Smith apples and one pie crust.  Not gonna happen.

Caramel Apple Empanadas are the perfect way to get in a quick caramel apple fix without all the fuss! | #caramel #apple

But then I was like – wait a minute! I’ll just make up some mini Caramel Apple Pies.  And that’s just what I did!  Well that’s what I thought I did anyways.  No.  My husband came home, took one look at my “pies” and proclaimed them Caramel Apple Empanadas.  Since he’s Peruvian, I’ll just take his word for it :)

These are pretty much the simplest treat you can make – I’m talking less than 20 minutes TOTAL.  Great for an after-school snack or double, triple, quadruple the recipe for a crowd.  Just a word of caution – don’t go crazy with the caramel on the inside.  You will regret it :)

Caramel Apple Empanadas are the perfect way to get in a quick caramel apple fix without all the fuss! | #caramel #apple


Caramel Apple Empanadas
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 Tbls lemon juice
  • 1 Tbls granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
  • dash of allspice
  • ½ cup caramel bits
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust - I used Pillsbury
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • sugar to sprinkle on top
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Toss apples with lemon juice.
  4. Combine sugar and spices and sprinkle over apples. Toss to coat and set aside.
  5. Unroll pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll out just slightly.
  6. Cut out 7-8 rounds using a 4 inch cutter.
  7. Place pie crusts rounds on parchment-lined sheet.
  8. Place each apple wedge on the rounds - slightly off center, leaving room to seal the empanada later.
  9. Melt the caramel bits and milk together in a microwave safe bowl on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until caramel is fully melted and smooth.
  10. Drizzle 1 tsp of caramel onto each apple being careful to stay away from the edge.
  11. Brush edges of rounds with egg and press edges together to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges shut.
  12. Brush the tops of the empanadas with egg and sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  13. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown and let cool slightly.
  14. Reheat caramel if necessary and then drizzle over the top of empanadas and serve.

Now I am always, always hesitant to call anything empanadas because I feel like Chris’s mom might have something to say about it.  I have been wanting to share her empanadas recipe FOREVER but can’t seem to get ahold of it…this sweet empanada is just going to have to do for now :)

Caramel Apple Empanadas are the perfect way to get in a quick caramel apple fix without all the fuss! | #caramel #apple

Are you addicted to caramel too?  Check these recipes out:


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  1. These are awesome Trish! I’m on a caramel apple kick too and I love it! :)
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  2. Trish, I am loving the caramel apple recipes! My favorite thing to eat is anything caramel. I don’t like chocolate at all, and it seems like everyone pairs chocolate and caramel together. So please, more caramel recipes (sans chocolate!)!

  3. This time of year, food is all I can think about! I love all of these apple, pumpkin, warm and cozy yummy food you have been posting lately! My children would just love these. Maybe I will make them some for a special Friday after school snack tomorrow. Yum!
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  4. These look fantastic and have my name all over them if I can do it in under 20 mins!
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  5. I love empanadas! And I love Apple pie! Caramel too! These little babies sound dangerously easy to make… Loving your caramel Apple obsession, Trish! Keep it coming!
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  6. Great idea to use store bought pastry crust for the outside!! I’m all about time savers! These look amazing and I’m totally on board with all things apple right now!
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  7. Oh my! These look amazing! What a great idea to use the pie crust!
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  8. oh wow – these sound so good (and easy)! Love it…have a great weekend, Trish!
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  9. Trish these look fantastic for fall! Love that caramel on top :)
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  10. Just pinned these. They look so absolutely yummy. Thanks for another great recipe.

  11. I have a serious weakness for Taco bells caramel apple empanadas, which means this must happen in my kitchen.
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  12. YUM! Those look so good! Especially with that caramel drizzled over top. Great recipe, Trish!
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  13. Thanks for the inspiration, these were delicious!

  14. These are the perfect treat – this way I’m not tempted to eat an entire pie! :-)
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  15. My best ideas come to me after I’ve gone to bed. I have actually started sitting up and putting them on a list in my phone because no way will I remember them in the morning. I love caramel and apple together, so keep the ideas coming!! These look crazy good!
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  16. I adore apple baking…especially apple with caramel. Love this fun and easy dessert idea for fall!
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  17. Those looks so delicious! I love empanadas and caramel apple dessert empanadas sound amazing!
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  18. Yum! Those look delicious Trish! Now I am going to be dreaming about caramel apple!! :)
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  19. These look amazing! I am DEFINITELY going to be trying these. They look even better than the ones at Taco Bell that we love! Thanks for sharing!
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  20. Oh my these sound awesome warm with some ice cream! YUM!

  21. These look so yummy and I love that they only take 20 minutes!
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  22. Trish Butler says:

    The Caramel Apple Empanadas look so good. Can’t wait to try them.

  23. Trish, these look FANTASTIC!! Holy smokes…this is yum city, girl!

  24. My husband saw these on facebook and almost demanded that I make them for him. They look incredible! :)
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  25. I’ve never had a dessert-type empanada but I am completely sold on it now!
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  26. Wow these look great! I am not on a apple kick… just coming off a zucchini kick actually. LOL I don’t mind switching for a recipe like this though! So glad fall is here :)
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  27. What are caramel bits? Are they those square carmel candies? HELP…these look delicious!

  28. Do you know how many these make? They look delicious!

  29. I was all on pumpkins and swtched gears to all about caramel and apples. I just can’t get over either obsession. These look yummy and so much better than Taco Bell’s, which are totally not caramelly at all.
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  30. Trish, I can’t even STAND how awesome and delicious these look. WOW… I’m hauling out my stretchy pants for this recipe! :)
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  31. I love apple empanadas!!

  32. Growing up I used to visit Puerto Rico every summer and my favorite part was getting all of the different variations of empanadas. The classic beef and cheese, spicy chicken and pizza empanadas were my favorite, but I’ve never had a dessert empanada. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the post~

  33. I’m excited to make these! Wondering if they can be froze?

    • That’s a good question Krista! I’m thinking that they could be frozen before they’re baked. So make them up according to the directions and then stick them in the freezer. Bake the day you need them! Hope that helps :)

  34. Best Cinco de Mayo dessert ever!

  35. How many empanadas can this recipe make??

  36. I happened upon your site looking for a banana, butterscotch bread recipe and I will have to say I LOVE YOURS! I have saved it, it is by far one of the best for not only recipes but for everything we do at home. Thank you for creating it!
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  37. It looks so yummy. I willl try to make it.

    Thank for sharing…

  38. Caramel!!! Its love! thanks Trish! You have shared a really delicious recipe!

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