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Guava and Cheese Empanadas

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 2 empanadas)
Guava paste with cream cheese or farmer's cheese is a classic Cuban combination. Cut guava paste cleanly by dipping your knife into a cup of hot water between slices. When cutting dough for the empanadas, roll scraps again if needed to make 24 circles.


  • Dough:
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces Kraft farmer's cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • 1 large egg white
  • 6 ounces commercial guava paste, cut into 48 pieces
  • Cooking spray
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutrition Information

  • calories 285
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 9.2 g
  • satfat 6.2 g
  • monofat 1.3 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 8 g
  • carbohydrate 42.5 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • cholesterol 26 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 284 mg
  • calcium 152 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare dough, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter and cream cheese; pulse 4 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor on, add 3 tablespoons milk through food chute, processing just until dough forms a ball. Press mixture gently into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap; cover. Chill for 1 hour.

  2. To prepare filling, wipe food processor clean with a paper towel. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and farmer's cheese in processor; process 1 minute or until well blended. Cover and chill. Combine 1 tablespoon milk and egg white in a small bowl; set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 425°.

  4. Roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a heavily floured surface; cut with a 3-inch biscuit cutter into 24 circles. Discard any remaining dough scraps. Spoon about 2 teaspoons cheese mixture onto half of each circle; place 2 pieces guava paste on cheese, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Brush egg mixture around edges of each circle. Fold dough over filling; press edges together with a fork or fingers to seal. Place empanadas on 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray; brush tops of empanadas with remaining egg mixture.

  5. To prepare topping, combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over empanadas. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven; cool completely on a wire rack.