Gingerbread Empanadas

gingerempanadasthumb.JPGThis is a recipe for sweet, delicious dessert empanadas - made from gingerbread and stuffed with chocolate, marshmallow and raisins.

The Recipe


For the gingerbread

  • 200g Plain flour
  • 50g Butter or margarine
  • 50g Honey
  • 50g Soft brown sugar
  • Cold water to mix
  • 1 Heaped teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Rounded teaspoon baking powder

For the filling

  • Chocolate (milk or dark)
  • Marshmallows
  • Raisins or other dried fruit


gingerempanadas1.JPGPut the sugar, honey and butter in a pan

Warm gently and stir until the ingredients are well combined

Don't overheat this mixture or it will burn

gingerempanadas2.JPGSift the flour into a large bowl and add the baking powder and ginger

Mix the dry ingredients together

Pour in the sugar/butter/honey mixture from the pan - all in one go

gingerempanadas3.JPGMix thoroughly with a wooden spoon

The mixture will eventually form soft, doughy crumbs

Add a small splash of cold water and mix again - the crumbs should start coming together into a dough

gingerempanadas4.JPGTurn the dough out onto a floured board and knead it a little to bring it together completely

Roll the dough out to about half a centimetre thick

gingerempanadas5.JPGCut circles out of the dough

If you don't have a large circular cutter (I didn't) use a bowl or other object from the cupboard - using the funnel gave me about 12cm (5 inch) circles

I tried first using the top of a pint glass, but the resulting circle was too small to be able to enclose any decent amount of filling

Preheat the oven to 180 C

gingerempanadas6.JPGAdd the chocolate, raisins and marshmallows, cut into smallish pieces

Place them on one half only, then fold over the other half and crimp around the edges with a fork

You may need to bunch up the trimmings of dough, knead and re-roll in order to cut out enough circles - I just managed to make five out of mine

gingerempanadas7.JPGPlace the empanadas on a cookie sheet.

Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until evenly golden brown

Allow to cool on the tray for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

the filling will be quite dangerously hot for a while - do not be tempted to bite into one until they have cooled sufficiently



Ordinarily, empanadas are savoury things - little pastry shells filled with meat, fish or vegetables in a piquant tomato-based sauce. I thought it might be fun to make a dessert version.

Alternative Fillings

Diced apple, cinnamon and brown sugar would work well, I'm sure - alternatively, large slices of fresh peach, or blueberries would be interesting.