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Pumpkin Caramel Empanadas

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

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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]