Pumpkin Caramel Empanadas {Guest Post}

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Easy to make Pumpkin Caramel Empanadas made with Puff Pastry, the perfect fall recipe to add to your pumpkin collection!

GOOOOODD Morning! I have a special treat for you  {no pun intended} and am bursting to tell you!  Ok, I’ll tell you!  My awesome bloggy friend Gloria over at Simply Gloria is guest posting today, and let me tell you! You are going to want to make what she is bringing to the table! Not only are her pictures mouth watering but her recipes are amazing! Alright, without further adieu here is Gloria!

Hello, Joyful Healthy Eats readers! I’m Gloria from Simply Gloria and I am so excited to be over here! I’m taking over today while Krista is out having fun with her cute little family. She is my sweet bloggy friend and one of my co-hosts with Show Stopper Saturdays party! I just love her to pieces!

I love to make sweet treats all the time! My family loves when I make some Fried Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce. But, when you’re in the mood for something spicy… the Jalapeno Bratwurst Poppers are always a winner! I also do a few easy crafts, like a Ribbon Cake Banner to put on a cake from the bakery. It adds just a little bit more personality to the cake. So, today I want to share with you a sweet pumpkin treat that is super easy to make!

Pumpkin Caramel Empanadas are baked puff pastry layered around a pumpkin and cinnamon filling inside. Dusted and surrounded with cinnamon and sugar. Then, topped with drizzled caramel!

Caramel Pumpkin Empanadas made with puff pastry! Easy to make! by SimplyGloria.com

Puff pastry is so easy to work with if you haven’t attempted it yet. You can find it in a package from the freezer section in your grocery store. It comes with two sheets that are folded up into thirds. Take them both out of the package and cover with plastic wrap to thaw on your counter for about 30 minutes.

In the meantime, whip up your pumpkin filling for these empanadas you are going to create.

Caramel Pumpkin Empanadas made with puff pastry! Easy to make! @SimplyGloria.com

Cream together your cream cheese, granulated sugar, pureed pumpkin (from the can!), one egg yolk, and vanilla. Put aside the egg white when you separate the yolk…you’ll be needing that shortly. The filling will be a little bit medium to thin consistency. It will thicken up inside the puff pastry when baked.

After the puff pastry sheets have thawed, gently unfold them. Cut and divide each sheet into 6 pieces. Spoon about one and a half tablespoon of the pumpkin filling onto the bottom half of each piece of cut pastry. Drop a few pieces of cinnamon baking chips. (These are found in the baking isle by the regular chocolate chips.)

Caramel Pumpkin Empanadas made with puff pastry! Layers of cinnamon and sugar! SimplyGloria.com

Brush the bottom half edge of the pastry with water with the tip of your finger. Fold over the top part over onto the filling. Pinch together and the water on the bottom half will help seal it together. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as it is sealed. Place on a baking sheet covered with a baking mat or parchment paper to prevent burning and sticking.

Whisk the egg white that you had set aside, and brush the tops and sides of each filled pastry. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture on top, heavily.

Caramel Pumpkin Empanadas made with puff pastry! Easy to make! SimplyGloria.com

Bake in a preheated 375 degrees oven for 23-25 minutes. Or until golden brown on the bottoms and tops. Tip: Do not use glass baking pans, it seems to not want to brown the bottoms. The metal baking pans or stones work best.

Caramel Pumpkin Empanadas made with puff pastry! Easy to make! @ SimplyGloria.com

Serve and drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce or a quick homemade caramel sauce.

Enjoy, my friends!

I want to thank Krista for having me over here to share with all of you my Pumpkin Caramel Empanadas! It was a lot of fun!

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Pumpkin Caramel Empanadas

  • Author: Simply Gloria for Joyful Healthy Eats
  • Prep Time: 50 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Category: Desserts, Pumpkin, Holiday

Ingredients

  • 1 (17.3 ounces or 1.1 pound) package puff pastry (“ready-to-bake sheets”)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup, plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
  • 1 egg, divided the yolk and whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon baking chips
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Take both frozen pastry sheets out of the package and cover with plastic wrap to thaw on your counter for about 30 minutes.
  2. Cream together your cream cheese, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, pureed pumpkin, egg yolk, and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. After the puff pastry sheets have thawed, gently unfold them. Cut and divide each sheet into 6 pieces. Spoon about one and a half tablespoon of the pumpkin filling onto the bottom half of each piece of cut pastry. Drop a few pieces of cinnamon baking chips.
  5. Brush the bottom half edge of the pastry with water with the tip of your finger. Fold over the top part over onto the filling. Pinch together and the water on the bottom half will help seal it together. (It doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as it is sealed.) Place on a baking sheet covered with a baking mat or parchment paper to prevent burning and sticking.
  6. Whisk the egg white that you had set aside, and brush the tops and sides of each filled pastry. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture on top, heavily.
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown on the bottoms and tops.
  8. Serve and drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe by [Simply Gloria | http://www.simplygloria.com]

 

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20 Responses
  1. I want to pull off that top layer of cinnamon sugar and eat it right now!!! My O’ MY…..these empanadas look so good!! Great recipe Gloria and thanks Krista, for having such an awesome guest host!!

  2. Krista and Gloria, these are a seriously WOW! I’m sneaking a peak at work (don’t tell, ok?) 🙂 and how much would I love one of these right now? Gloria, you hit it out of the park….again! 🙂 So much fun to see two of my friends together! Pinning and will buffer tonight. Have a great and sweet day!

    1. haha.. you’re too funny! I won’t tell you. I’m pretty sure Gloria always hits it out of the park, I don’t know how she does it. GREAT BAKER! Thanks for pinning Cindy!

  3. WOW, that looks absolutely amazing! This reminds me of these chocolate croissants my Dad used to buy at Costco (or Price Club is what it used to be). I loved them to pieces… they were so good. But these! These look waaaaay better and the best part —they’re homemade and pumpkin! 😀 Great job Gloria and Krista, thanks for sharing –pinning! 🙂

    1. I know me too!! Pumpkin, caramel, and puff pastry flaking away… sounds amazing with a cup of coffee. Bascially Gloria rocks and I am so honored to have her as a guest post today!

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