5 Ingredient Guava Cheese Empanadas

This homemade guava cheese empanada recipe has that classic sweet & tangy flavor balance and requires just five ingredients. Made with flakey fried empanada dough, a cream cheese and guava paste This post contains affiliate links. filling and topped with powdered sugar, it's a totally addicting sweet treat that's perfect to enjoy as a dessert or snack.

  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 empanadas 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snack, Breakfast
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Units Scale


  1. Prep the filling. Slice the cream cheese into 16 equal sized slices. Do the same with the guava paste This post contains affiliate links.. Tip: You can do this easily by slicing in half and then into 8 sections of 2.
  2. Assemble the empanadas. Place a slice of cream cheese and a slice of guava paste This post contains affiliate links. into the center of each empanada disc. Fold the dough over to close the empanada. Seal with your hands or crimp with a fork.
  3. Fry (see note for directions to bake). Fry the empanadas in hot oil until golden brown all around. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  4. Serve. Serve with a sprinkle of confectioners sugar. Enjoy!


Baking Instructions: Brush empanadas with an egg wash and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.

Keywords: guava cheese empanadas