Empanadas de Nutella y Queso


I am overjoyed, my mom is with me for a short visit.   We have passed the days sipping coffee, walking at the park and talking food.  She is my idol.  In the kitchen she is queen.  Every cherished childhood food  memory has included my mom and one of her flavorful plates of food.  Her patience, her ease feeding large crowds, the creativity of shaping a  few ingredients into something extraordinary..she’s talented I tell you and I hope to be half the cook she is one day.

Today as we walked at the park our conversation turned to empanadas.  I can clearly remember her sitting at the table pinching the dough of her famous pumpkin empanadas.  We huddled around her to watch, listen and await for our little piece of dough she would pinch off with her steady hand.  We rolled our little dough, slapped it, made long worms, shaped it then quickly became bored as she retrieved the first batch of empanadas from the oven.  As we sat enjoying our treat, she would continue shaping her empanadas, enough for my father’s hearty appetite, plenty for our neighbor, a few for her brother and a little stash she would freeze for those unexpected mid year cravings.

As we walked I suggested we try something different, a new combination of flavors with a dough not like hers at all.  She agreed excitedly as she relishes the opportunity to spend time in the kitchen.  We began after dinner, in my temporary apartment kitchen.  As we sat around rolling, filling, pinching, egg washing and dusting the empanadas we laughed, she shared stories and my girls huddled around us.  Before they even asked, she pinched a piece of dough for them, set them aside to their task and gave me a little smile.  I am overjoyed.  Have a wonderful weekend!

A twist.  A infusion.  A risk.  A treat!  A empanada dough made with cream cheese, filled with Nutella and Queso Asadero.  Dusted with cinnamon sugar and baked until golden brown.   A savory/sweet empanada combination of warm cheese  that oozes together with chocolate hazlenut spread.

 Queso Asadero ~The traditional use for this mild, chewy cheese is a filling for chiles rellenos and a popular Mexican dish called chile con queso. In Qaxaca trompillos (wild berries) are used in the cheese making process and this imparts a distinctive flavor not found in Northern Mexico or in the U.S. versions.

Substitutes: Teleme, Muenster, Jack, Fontina   from gourmet sleuth .com

Empanadas de Nutella y Queso

by Sweet Life

by Vianney Rodriguez

makes 15- 20 empanadas or 30 empanaditas




8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2  1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tsp water

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp sugar




queso asadero 16 ounces, cut into small cubes


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.

In a mixer bowl combine cream cheese and butter until well blended.

Scrap down sides to fully incorporate.

Add the flour and salt. Mix well.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for about 1 minute.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

On a lighlty floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick.

Divide dough and roll out each piece to 1/8 inch thick.

Using a glass,  circle cookie cutter or knife cut desired rounds.

Larger for empanadas or smaller circles for empanaditas.

Place a cube of cheese in middle of dough and top with Nutella

Fold over dough and seal or crimp tightly with fingers or fork.

Arrange on baking sheet and brush tops with egg wash.

Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over empanadas.

Bake 12- 17 minutes, rotate pan if uneven baking.




  1. Jenn says

    I just made these to take to the office for our holiday party. My first “test” batch came out not so pretty, but boy were they tasty! I didn’t form a good seal, so the cheese spilled out as well as some of the nutella, but the baked cheese actually tasted awesome. I used monterey jack cheese instead of the queso asadero (couldn’t find at the store). I think my favorite thing about these treats is the dough–it came out buttery, and flakey. Loved it. Thanks for the story and for the recipe!

    • VianneyVianney says

      Hi Jenn ~~ I am so happy you enjoyed them. Someday in my rush I do not seal them correctly either, LOL! Monterrey jack, what a great idea – I’ll have to give that a try next time. Oh yes, this is my go-to dough for most of my empanadas. Gracias for all the lovely compliments,made my day!

  2. says

    Ahh…now I get how you have such a nice relationship with your daughters…it was the warmth you shared with your Mom all along ;o)
    Your Moms’ together with your skills in the kitchen have rewarded us well Bonnie…yummy recipe indeed.
    Did I mention how thrilled I am about the fact that this treat is baked!
    Book marked for sure!!!

    Ciao for now and enjoy the rest of your fortunate time with Mommy ;o)

  3. says

    I am so glad that your mom came to visit…and I’m so glad that you shared this stroke of genius! You are such a talented and creative baker. I can’t wait to give these a try. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. says

    What a creative combination! And I always thought empanadas couldn’t possibly get any better! Completely delicious. I like how you weaved your own memory into it. Thanks for entering Dessert Wars.

  5. says

    Hey Bonnie! Your’e writing is so nice here. I could really picture a couple of sweet ladies (mother & daughter) in the park all happy about going home to make something delicious. Thanks for that. It was nice to read while sipping my coffee…
    Oh, and these do look wonderful. I love the idea of Nutella and cream cheese. Que rico;-)!

  6. says

    Hi Bonnie!

    Happy Belated New Year! I saw your post on Nutella nad just had to comment 😉
    First Nutella with anything is amazingness, non? YAY!
    And I’d have to agree, some of the best memories I have of my mother is when she’s busy in the kitchen doing her thing. I have yet to master cooking beyond four only because whenever we do have more than four people, we have people over for hot pot 😉

  7. says

    So creative… your photos of the nutella globs make me want to eat a spoonful out of our cupboard!

    Your empanadas look and sound delicious. Enjoy the rest of your moms visit :)

  8. says

    This sounds yummy! Yes, traditions of the past, carried to one’s own children do bring such joy, don’t they? There is nothing like baking with your mom or your daughter… it is an opportunity to pass a piece of oneself on through the generations yet to come.

  9. says

    I love the way you write about your mom. I feel the same way–my mom is my idol and she is the queen of any kitchen she steps foot into. And even though it stresses her out to cook for everyone at Sunday family dinner, she does it anyway. And with such grace!

    I really enjoyed this post :)

    Happy weekend!

  10. says

    Mercy. Uncle. Whatever works to get one of these. They look and sound tremendous. Nice to spend time with mom. That truly is what it is all about.
    Cheers! Scott

  11. says

    You and your mom sound like quite the forces to be reckoned with in the kitchen! I mean, Nutella AND queso? I’m in heaven. if you have any extra and you want to send them to NYC…I could totally take them off your hands!

    I hope you and your mom have a fun visit!

  12. says

    Reading this, I almost felt like I was sitting at your kitchen table also, waiting for your mom to hand me a piece of dough. What wonderful memories you have of past empanada making, and now you are creating new memories for your girls.



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