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Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Dessert Empanadas on a white plate with caramel

Easy Air Fryer Dessert Empanadas

This Easy Air Fryer Dessert Empanadas recipe includes a quick tutorial on how to make crispy pastries using store-bought Goya empanadas wrappers. You can also substitute using puff pastry or pie crust.
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine Latin American, South American
Keyword air fryer empanadas, empanadas in air fryer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 164kcal


  • 12 empanada wrappers thawed
  • 2 apples I used honey crisp. Use what you prefer.
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • cooking oil I use olive oil.


  • Place a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and vanilla. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes until the apples are soft.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Add to the pan and stir. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Allow the filling to cool for at least 5 minutes before loading it onto the empanada wrappers.
  • Lay the empanada wrappers on a flat surface. Dip a cooking brush in water. Glaze each of the empanada wrappers with the wet brush along the edges. This will soften the crust and make it easier to roll. 
  • Add the apple mixture to each. Add 1 tablespoon of the apple mix per empanada. Do not overstuff. Flatten out the mixture with a spoon.
  • Close the empanadas. Use a fork to seal the empanadas along the edges by creating indents in the crust. Press the fork down into the crust along the edge of each.
  • Spritz the air fryer basket with cooking oil. Add the empanadas to the Air Fryer basket. Do not stack the empanadas. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Use a cooking brush and brush the top of each empanada with the beaten egg (egg wash).
  • Place the Air Fryer on 400 degrees. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until crisp.
  • Cool before serving.


  • You can substitute empanada wrappers for puff pastry or pie crust. The cook time is similar.
  • I served these with optional sugar-free caramel.
  • If you have trouble with crisping, spritz the empanadas with olive oil while air frying.
  • This recipe was prepared to be a lightened-up and more healthy version of dessert. If you wish to have really sweet empanada hand pies, add your desired amount of sugar to the recipe and additional honey. Taste your mixture repeatedly until you obtain desired taste.


Serving: 1empanada | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g