Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas

Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas

by Carol Kicinski on October 29, 2012

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Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas

I know that pumpkin pie time is right around the corner but I couldn’t resist a little prelude.

I decided that little handheld pumpkin empanadas were just the thing! Empanadas are stuffed pastries that are either baked or fried and are very popular in South America.

These quick pastries can be eaten for breakfast, tucked into a lunch box, enjoyed with afternoon tea or coffee and make a nice weeknight fall dessert.

As usual, I am always on the lookout for a simple way to make something. I decided to use canned pumpkin for the filling and for the crust, I just used a box of Chebe Cinnamon Roll mix. I love the way the cinnamon in the mix marries with the spiced up pumpkin filling.

I hope you find these simple and tasty treats as lovely as we did!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas

Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas Recipe


1 – 7.5 ounce box Chebe Cinnamon Roll Mix
3 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
3 large eggs – use divided
2 tablespoons water
1 – 15 ounce can pure pumpkin puree
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons heavy cream or full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup powdered sugar (plus more for dusting if desired)
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

Combine the cinnamon roll mix with the oil, 2 eggs and water in a mixing bowl. Mixture may be crumbly; that’s fine. Turn the mixture out onto a clean work surface and knead a minute or two until the dough is smooth. Divide into 12 even sized balls.

Combine the pumpkin with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves and cream and whisk until smooth.

Roll each ball of dough between 2 pieces of waxed or parchment paper into a 4 inch circle. Place a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin filling on the dough, fold the dough over, forming a half circle and fold the edges of the dough over and press together. With the tines of a fork, seal the edges. Poke the top of the empanada a few times with the fork and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

Whisk the remaining egg with a splash of water. Brush the top of each empanada with the egg mixture. Allow to dry for a minute, then brush again with more egg mixture. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the crust is browned and firm. Place a wire cooling rack on top of a piece of waxed or parchment paper, place the empanadas on the rack and let cool.

Mix the powdered sugar with the maple syrup until smooth (you may need to add a drop or two more of maple syrup). Drizzle on top of the empanadas. Dust with more powdered sugar if desired.


This Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas recipe makes 12

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Dawn October 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

This sound delicious and I can actually make it! Thank you.


Carol Kicinski November 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Yes Dawn, you can! Easy peasy.


Ashley October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

My mouth is tingling just looking at the pictures of these, they look seriously delicious. My gluten free husband LOVES when I am on your site – because he knows a special treat is going to be cooked just for him!


Carol Kicinski November 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Oh that is so sweet Ashley! I hope both you and your hubby enjoy!


Ashley November 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Just checking in to let you know that we both loved the empanadas, having just come back from Argentina it was a nice reminder of a great trip.


Jennifer R November 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Wonder if an egg substitute would work?


Carol Kicinski November 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I believe it would, I have not personally tried it but I see no reason why not. And you can leave off the egg wash at the end, they just won’t be as brown.


Hemrid November 8, 2012 at 1:58 am

Wow it is one of my favorites. Thanks for this post.


Carol Kicinski November 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

My pleasure, enjoy!


Samantha November 10, 2012 at 11:16 am

I think even I could make this!


Carol Kicinski November 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

Yes you could!


Victoria Meyers November 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

That looks awesome!


Carol Kicinski November 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Thanks Victoria!


Victoria October 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

These look so amazing!


CarolKicinski October 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

Thank you!


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