Basic Empanada Dough

Get a head start on this by making it the day before. Store in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.

Basic Empanada Dough
Servings: 10 to 16 Yield: 10 to 16 empanadas Active Time 45 mins Total Time 1 hr 45 mins


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon water

Make It

1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 of the eggs and the milk; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and the salt. Add the butter and, with your fingertips, work it into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add the milk mixture and stir until the dough comes together. Add additional flour as needed to make a soft dough. Knead a few times with the palm of your hand to fully combine. Form a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg with the water; set aside.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough into desired number of empanadas, depending on the recipe, and roll into balls. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.

4. Add more flour to the work surface. Working with one ball at a time, roll out into a 6-inch circle. Fill with 1/4 cup filling. Lightly brush outside 1/4-inch edge of dough with egg mixture. Fold in half, seal with a fork, and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.

5. Brush the top of each empanada with the remaining egg mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.


  • Depending on the filling that is used, you will make 10 to 16 empanadas.
Chocolate Variation:
  • Replace 1/4 cup flour with 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Add 3 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the flour mixture.
  • Nutrition analysis per serving: 224 calories, 5 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 11 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 5 g total sugar, 7% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 138 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 10% iron
  • Want to speed up the process? On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a 1/4 inch thickness and use a 5 to 6-inch round to cut out circles.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 10; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 216, Fat, total (g): 11, chol. (mg): 63, sat. fat (g): 6, carb. (g): 25, Monounsaturated fat (g): 3, Polyunsaturated fat (g): 1, Trans fatty acid (g): , fiber (g): 1, sugar (g): 1, pro. (g): 5, vit. A (IU): 361, vit. C (mg): , Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 63, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 138, Potassium (mg): 67, calcium (mg): 28, iron (mg): 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.