Recipes and Cooking Sweet Empanaditas 4.5 (12) Try our sweet empanada recipe guaranteed to be a family favorite. This tasty dessert recipe includes a sweet tropical flavor mixed with cream cheese and jam. A dusting of cinnamon and sugar completes the cookie. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 40 mins Bake Time: 12 mins Chill Time: 1 hrs Total Time: 1 hrs 52 mins Servings: 36 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 2 3 ounce packages cream cheese, softened 2 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup desired tropical fruit jam (such as pineapple or Hawaiian fruit) ⅓ cup sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until fluffy and light in color. Gradually add flour, beating on low speed until combined. Gather mixture into a ball. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough portions to an 1/8-inch thickness. Using a round 3- to 3-1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place about 1 teaspoon of the jam in the center of each round. Moisten edges of dough with water. Fold the dough in half to enclose the jam; press edges together with the tines of a fork to seal. Place empanaditas 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. While warm, carefully roll cookies in cinnamon-sugar. Place on a wire rack; let cool. Repeat with the remaining dough portion, the remaining jam, and the remaining cinnamon-sugar. Makes about 36 cookies. Tips Place cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 117 Calories 7g Fat 13g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 36 Calories 117 % Daily Value * Total Fat 7g 9% Saturated Fat 4g 20% Cholesterol 18mg 6% Sodium 56mg 2% Total Carbohydrate 13g 5% Total Sugars 7g Protein 1g Calcium 0.3mg 0% Potassium 15mg 0% Folate, total 13.3mcg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.