Autumn Harvest: Spiced Pumpkin Empanadas


Embrace the flavors of fall with our Autumn Harvest: Spiced Pumpkin Empanadas! These delightful pastries blend the sweetness of pumpkin with a hint of autumnal spices, all encased in a flaky, golden crust. Perfect for a cozy gathering or a festive treat, these empanadas will bring the essence of the season right to your plate.

Autumn Harvest: Spiced Pumpkin Empanadas

Time Requirements

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes


  • Serves: 12 empanadas
  • Serving Size: 1 empanada

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 10g


  • For the Dough:
    • All-purpose flour: 300 grams (2 cups)
    • Butter, chilled and cubed: 150 grams (2/3 cup)
    • Salt: 2 grams (1/2 teaspoon)
    • Ice water: 60 ml (1/4 cup)
  • For the Filling:
    • Pumpkin puree: 200 grams (1 cup)
    • Brown sugar: 50 grams (1/4 cup)
    • Cinnamon: 5 grams (1 teaspoon)
    • Nutmeg: 2 grams (1/2 teaspoon)
    • Cloves: 1 gram (1/4 teaspoon)
    • Cinnamon sugar for dusting

Method of Preparation

  1. In a bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Gradually add ice water, stirring until the dough comes together. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  4. For the filling, mix pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  5. Roll out the dough and cut into circles.
  6. Place a spoonful of filling on each circle, fold over, and seal the edges.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Dust with cinnamon sugar before serving.

Culinary Tips

  • Use a fork to crimp the edges of the empanadas for a traditional look.
  • For extra richness, brush with an egg wash before baking.


Can I use canned pumpkin pie filling?

Yes, but adjust the sugar and spices accordingly.

How can I store these empanadas?

Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Can these be made gluten-free?

Absolutely, use your favorite gluten-free flour blend.

As the leaves turn and the air cools, let these Autumn Harvest: Spiced Pumpkin Empanadas be your go-to treat. Whether you're enjoying them with a warm cup of cider or sharing them at a fall festivity, they're sure to capture the heart and soul of the season. Happy baking! 🍂🎃