Tequila-Spiked Apple Empanadas


These yummy dessert empanadas are perfect for a party. With a buttery apple filling and a tequila and cayenne pepper icing, these tasty desserts will disappear in a flash.

Tequila-Spiked Apple Empanadas
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
16 empanadas


  • 1 recipe Pastry for a Double-Crust Pie

  • 1 lime

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • 2 cup peeled and chopped apples

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 tablespoon tequila

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon tequila

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoon milk

Pastry for a Double-Crust Pie

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup shortening

  • ¼ cup butter, cut up, or shortening

  • ½ cup ice water


  1. Prepare Pastry for a Double-Crust Pie. Divide each ball into 8 portions. Form portions into balls. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease two large baking sheets; set aside. Remove 1/2 tsp. zest and squeeze 2 Tbsp. juice from lime.

  2. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add apples; cook 5 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon; cook 1 minute more. Carefully add lime juice and 3 Tbsp. tequila. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until liquid is slightly thickened and apples are tender.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll or press each pastry ball into a 4-inch circle. Spoon 1 Tbsp. apple mixture onto each circle just below center. Fold bottom edge of circle over filling; seal edges with a fork. Place empanadas on prepared baking sheets; prick tops with fork. Combine egg and the water; brush over empanadas. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden.

  4. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, 1 tsp. tequila, and cayenne pepper. Stir in enough of the milk to reach drizzling consistency. Drizzle over empanadas and sprinkle with lime zest.

Pastry for a Double-Crust Pie

  1. In a large bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the ice water over part of the flour mixture; toss gently with a fork. Push moistened pastry to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon of the ice water at a time, until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Gather flour mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together. Divide pastry in half; form halves into balls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
12g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 193mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1.7mg 9%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 61mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 38.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*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.

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