What is an easy recipe for empanada dough?


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This easy recipe for empanada dough uses flour, melted butter and white sugar to make a dough that can be baked or fried. It is perfect for sweet or savory empanadas.

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Empanada Dough

This recipe is simple enough for novice cooks to make in under an hour.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ready In: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 empanadas


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 cups flour, sugar and salt. Blend evenly.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and water. Pour into the well in the flour mixture.
  3. Mix everything together until a stiff dough forms. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough becomes elastic and smooth, about 8 minutes.
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough until thin. Sprinkle with flour as needed to prevent sticking. Brush with melted butter and roll the sheet of dough like a jelly roll.
  5. Cut the roll with a sharp knife into 1 1/2-inch slices. Roll each individual piece into a thin circle. Fill with 1 tablespoon of the empanada filling. Fold over and seal.
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