It seems every culture has their own version of dough stuffed with a delicious filling. Calzones, potstickers, samosas, pasties…
Even different Spanish and Latin American countries have their own twist on empanadas!
My partner The California Walnut Board recently challenged me to come up with a recipe surrounding the theme of Walnuts Around the World.
At first I struggled thinking of a sweet idea that had any worldly flair. Then I remembered one of my all time favorite foods can be made sweet or savory: empanadas!
I grew up loving empanadas as a special treat. My dad is Dominican, and you can bet that everywhere we’ve lived in the United States he’s somehow found Latino families who will make his favorite treats to remind him of home.
In fact, our family friends own an empanada themed restaurant right here in the Phoenix area called Republica Empanada. So needless to say, we love empanadas.
Which is why it made perfect sense to create my own sweet dessert version of empanadas for this challenge! I landed on these Honey Walnut Empanadas which are majorly delish!
I filled these with honey and walnuts, and a little cream cheese. The pastry itself is surprisingly easy to make, but is super rich, buttery, and flaky. The cinnamon sugar coating is a must for an extra burst of flavor and crunchy texture.
The unbaked assembled empanadas can be frozen and baked straight from the freezer, just add about 3 minutes to the baking time.
If you make and enjoy these Honey Walnut Empanadas, snap a picture and share it on Instagram, tagging #handletheheat!