• Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 24 minutes
  • Serves: 10

Guava And Cream Cheese Hand Pies

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 Ingredients List

  • 10 Goya discos (empanada wrappers) or homemade empanada pastry discs.
  • 1 (8 ounce) brick of cream cheese, cut into 10 slices (crosswise rather than lengthwise)
  • 10 slices of guava paste that are about 2 1/2-inches long by 1-inch across by 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 beaten egg
  • oil for frying or non-stick cooking spray if baking


To Prepare Hand Pies:
Lay out the discos or homemade empanada pastry discs. Brush the edges of the disc with beaten egg.
Lay one slice of cream cheese and one of guava paste just to the side of the center of the disc. Lift the empty side of the dough and drape it over the guava paste and cream cheese, then use your fingers or a fork to crimp the dough closed.

To Fry:
Preheat oil to 350°F. Carefully lower two or three of the hand pies into the oil and fry until golden brown and delicious, about 4 minutes. Use tongs or a slotted spoon or spider to transfer the pies from the oil to a paper towel lined plate. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before eating. These can be eaten at room temperature!

To Bake:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush both sides of the pies with more beaten egg and place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake until puffy and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool at least 5 minutes before eating. These can be eaten at room temperature!

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