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 Empanadas de Cajeta


Two weeks ago my girls asked if we could make empanadas. I said sure why not; gathered the ingredients and hurriedly rushed through the process.  Thoughts of my to do list, my laundry load and gutting the garage whizzed in my head as I shaped the dough.  My hands moved in a mechanical motion as I arranged the circles and handed the girls the filling.  I have gotten better or should I say I am making small steps toward slowly down  and relishing in the moments since our move home.  I placed the baking sheet in the pan, hit the timer and started the clean up process.  Ding.  Out of the oven, slid onto a plate, glasses of milk were poured and I was done


Thanks mom.  And then it hit me.

I had missed a pristine opportunity to connect with my kids.  Was the freaking junk in the garage that important?  Were the piles of laundry ever really going to go away?  I called my sister and informed her I was the worst mom in the world and she laughed.  Don’t be so hard on yourself we all do it, we are all guilty of rushing, all guilty of placing importance on things that in the long run are never really going to matter.  She was right, but I still felt like crap.



Sunday we left early to cheer on my nephew at his soccer game and it was hot, very hot.  After the game we stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things and headed home.  I had the worst headache. A throbbing headache where even the slightest glimmer of daylight makes you just want to scream.  The girls headed to their room and I ran to the medicine cabinet in attempt to calm my headache.  My oldest walked in and asked if we should bake.  Bake? My head was killing me.  Then I remembered my last baking session with them, okay let’s make empanadas again.

This was my Do Over moment and heck if I was letting a headache stand in my way.  I headed in the kitchen determined to take every opportunity given to me to immerse myself in the time I have with my children.  And I did. We baked, we talked, we talked and we talked.


And my headache quietly faded.


Empanadas de Cajeta

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 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
  • 1/2 cup cajeta


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a mixer bowl combine cream cheese and butter until well blended.
  3. Scrap down sides to fully incorporate.
  4. Add the flour and salt. Mix well.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for about 1 minute.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  7. On a lighlty floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Divide dough and roll out each piece to 1/8 inch thick.
  9. Using a glass, circle cookie cutter or knife cut desired rounds.
  10. Larger for empanadas or smaller circles for empanaditas.
  11. Add cajeta with spoon.
  12. Fold over dough and seal or crimp tightly with fingers or fork.
  13. Arrange on baking sheet and place in fridge for 20 minutes (helps to prevent cajeta from seeping)
  14. Brush tops with egg wash.
  15. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over empanadas.
  16. Bake 12- 17 minutes for larger empanadas/ 10-13 for empanditas, rotate pan


I have made these empanadas quite a few times.  They are easy, reliable and the dough is a dream.  I’m aware that adding cream cheese to an empanada dough is not classified as authentic, so I will leave you with another empanada dough that I really enjoy for fruit fillings.  My empanada dough that I used for empandas de fresa is another of my favorites. Another quick tip: you can find cajeta sold either in glass spoonable jars or plastic squeezable containers. Go for the spoonable jar version, it is thicker, which helps in baking. No seeping for the edges.  I also place my empandas in the fridge to firm up a bit before baking. Enjoy!


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29 Responses to Empanadas de Cajeta

  1. [...] my daughter mentioned to a co-worker of Mexican descent that I was making cajeta, she shared a recipe that she loved for Empanadas de Cajeta – basically circles of pie dough filled with cajeta that are folded, crimped and baked and [...]

  2. [...] Four empanadas baked and ready to go in under 15 minutes, really?  I am so accustomed to making, rolling, stuffing and baking pan after pan of empanadas.  In my house if you’re going to make [...]

  3. OMG! I must try these! Yum!! They sound amazing :-)

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  5. I just love your photos in this post!! Empanadas are one of my favorite things and I can’t wait to try yours!!
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  6. Wow! My mouth is watering just LOOKING at these! I’m featuring this in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I always love dropping by to see what you’ve created…
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  7. You’re the best mom! Umm… What is cajeta?
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  8. Gorgeous food! YUM!
    What do you get out of advertising for frigidaire? Great that they donate a dollar, but they sure got a good deal when they got you to do this for them, in my opinion.

  9. What a beautiful post! I’ve gotten those post-moments feelings too. Sometimes when I’m lucky I’ll get them while I find myself just hurrying through the event. Thanks for the gentle reminder to just stop and chill.
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  10. What a sweet post Vianney:) I love empanadas and cajeta. Next time I bake some I’ll be trying out your recipe. Thanks for sharing!
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  11. Vianney – What a great Do Over!! That’s one of the nice things about being semi-retired. Now I know that I DO have time to do the chores later and spend more time just hanging with my loved one. Your empanadas look luscious and mouthwatering! I’m pinning them for the fall. Just too darn hot to turn on an oven!

  12. I looooove empanadas! These look like a nice alternative to meat filled ones.
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  13. Great Post Vianney. I do have a do-over story that I’ll submit to Frigidaire. And I’m getting a new dishwasher soon and will check into their product. I’ve never made empanadas. Have to give these a try. Pinned.
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  14. Aww this is the sweetest do-over I’ve read about yet! ANd the empanadas look seriously tasty, to boot.
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  15. We love empanadas and my little guy loves to help me in the kitchen so we will have to try your recipe. I like the idea of the the cream cheese, I’m sure the dough tastes creamy and super yummy. You are a very giving mom for having made these with a bad headache, my hat off to you Vianney! besos amiga…

  16. Wow! these look amazing!
    Have a great day! :D

  17. these look so good!! cream cheese is my kryptonite, love that stuff wayyy too much :)
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  18. These empanadas sound amazing! It’s been a while since I’ve made empanadas, I think it’s time to try this recipe.
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  19. It is obvious that you are a delightful mom.
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  20. I love empanadas, so this recipe is in my to do list. Cream cheese is a wonderful addition, it gives a delicious flavor and makes the dough very tender.
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  21. this I will be making very soon, as in this week. It looks to good to be true!

  22. Que Rico! You’re a super mom for baking with a headache on a hot day. I take my hat off to you. Lol but those empanadas look SO good!

  23. I want 2 of these-one for each hand! :)
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  24. Heavenly! Those empanadas look amazing.



  25. How yummy! My husband would love me to make these.

  26. Those look delicious! I too miss moments with my children amidst all the chaos that life brings but thankfully my daughter keeps asking to do things with me, like bake, and I hope she never stops asking.
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  27. Glad you got a chance to bake with your girls and did it despite that headache. These empanadas look incredible! :)
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  28. Way too hot. Would love to stand in front of a refrigerator. These empanadas are aweeeesome!
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