These Caramel Apple Empanadas are the ultimate Fall treat! Fresh apples, cinnamon-sugar, and caramel are all wrapped up in a flaky pie crust for a totally indulgent dessert.
If you're looking for a delicious and easy dessert that's perfect for fall, these caramel apple empanadas are the perfect choice. Tangy Granny Smith Apples are tossed with delicious warm spices and caramel and then baked in a buttery pie crust for a totally irresistible treat.
These tasty little morsels were inspired by my love for the Taco Bell Apple Empanadas, which were sadly discontinued some time ago. And those things were the best - so I had to create my own version at home.
They taste like a match up of everyone's favorite fall dessert, candy apples, and a classic apple turnover. So good.
And while they look like they took all day to prepare, you can throw them together in about 40 minutes! Plus, they're a great way to use up all those apples that are in season in the Fall! (And if you're looking for more ways to use up fresh apples, don't miss this apple pie vodka!)
Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the best caramel apple empanadas:
Use granny smith apples
Granny Smith Apples are tart and firm, which makes them perfect for baking. If you don't have granny smith apples, you can use other firm apples, such as honeycrisp or pink lady, but it won't have the same tart flavor as the Granny Smith Apples.
Use premade pie crusts
Using premade pie crusts saves time and makes the recipe easier. You can find premade pie crusts in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.
Prick venting holes
Pricking venting holes on top of the empanadas allows steam to escape and prevents them from becoming too soggy.
Add some nuts!
You can add chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, to the apple filling for extra crunch and flavor.
Mix up the spices
If you don't care for cinnamon, you can use other warm spices, such as nutmeg or allspice, to flavor the apple filling. You can even add a dash of chili powder for a sweet and spicy version.
Can I use homemade pie crusts instead of premade ones?
Yes, you can certainly use homemade pie crusts if you're willing to put in the effort! My Coconut Oil Pie Crust would be a great match for these empanadas.
Can I use a different type of apple?
Yes, you can use any type of apple you prefer. However, red apple varieties won't have the same characteristic tart flavor that comes from the Granny Smith Apples.
Can I make these empanadas ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the empanadas ahead of time and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To reheat, place them in a preheated oven at 350 F for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.
Now that you know everything you need to make these delicious caramel apple empanadas, it's time to get baking. They're perfect for a sweet treat after dinner, a snack, or even a breakfast treat on the go. Enjoy!
More Tasty Ideas
If you love these Caramel Apple Empanadas, be sure to check out these other tasty treats:
- Preheat oven to 400 F, line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside
- Toss the apple wedges with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice; set aside
- Cut the pie crust into 8 equal circles, place onto the baking sheet
- Add one piece of apple and top with one caramel to each pie dough circle
- Brush the edges with eggwash and fold the dough over the apple filling , use a fork to crimp shut
- Brush the outside with eggwash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar; use a fork to prick venting holes on top
- Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until golden brown
- Remove from oven, allow to cool at least 5 minutes then drizzle with caramel sauce if desired