Prep Time 30 min
Cook Time 3 Min
Servings 10
Difficulty Moderate


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
  • OR 1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 4 to 6 tbsps. ice water
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, chilled, cut crosswise into 10 equal slices
  • 2 cups diced guava paste
  • Crisco® Pure Canola Oil
  • Powdered sugar


  • Step 1

    COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Cut in chilled shortening cubes with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some pea-size pieces of shortening remaining. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons ice water over flour mixture. Using a fork, draw flour from bottom of bowl to the top, distributing moisture evenly throughout flour mixture. Add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time, just until dough is moist enough to hold together when pressed into a ball. Shape into a 1/2-inch thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    CUT pastry dough into 10 equal pieces. Shape into 10 small patties. Roll out one piece on a lightly floured surface to a 6-inch circle. Place 1 slice cream cheese on pastry circle, slightly off center. Top with 2 rounded tablespoons guava paste. Brush edges of pastry with water. Fold pastry in half, covering filling. Seal edges with tines of fork or crimp edges to seal. Repeat to make 9 additional empanadas. Cover and chill until ready to cook.

  • Step 3

    HEAT 1 1/2 inches canola oil in heavy large saucepan or electric fryer over medium-high heat to 350°F. Cook empanadas, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning halfway through cooking time. Drain on paper towels. Let cool 15 minutes. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar just before serving.

Serving size
(1 empanada of 10)

  • Calories 470
  • Calories from Fat200g
  • Total Fat 22g
  • Saturated Fat 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 25mg
  • Sodium 240mg
  • Potassium 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 65g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 40g
  • Protein 4g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Vitamin D 0%
  • Calcium 0%
  • Thiamin 0%
  • Niacin 0%
  • Zinc 0%
  • Riboflavin 0%
  • Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet