Sweet Cinnamon and Pear Empanadas

5 from 3 votes
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This recipe is sponsored by USA Pears.

Empanadas are a free-form food and can be cooked up in just about any flavor imaginable. They’re a popular food truck or street market dish and are easy to eat by hand. We’ve taken the unique experience of eating handheld empanadas and brought it to our home kitchen with these sweet cinnamon and pear empanadas. 

As a snack, a dessert, or a fruit-filled breakfast, these sweet empanadas put the flavors of USA Pears to work. All you’ll need to make this fantastic fruit shine is a few simple ingredients you likely already have on hand. 

Sweet Cinnamon and Pear Empanadas

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These empanadas are made with an air fryer. Air frying makes them less work and less mess than traditional deep-fried empanadas without sacrificing any flavor.

Sweet Cinnamon and Pear Empanadas

5 from 3 votes

Sweet Cinnamon and Pear Empanadas


  • 3-4 green or red Anjou USA Pears finely diced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pkg pie crusts (2)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • grapeseed oil
  • sugar topping


  • Combine diced pears, lemon juice and cinnamon to make filling.
  • Unroll each room temperature pie crust and using a 4.5 inch biscuit/cookie cutter cut out 4 holes in each pie crust. Moisten the outside edge of each circle with water.
  • Place 1 ½ tablespoons of pie filling in the center of each circle. Fold the circles in half and press the two seams together using your fingers. Use a fork to seal the edges. Use a sharp knife to score the top of the crust three times.
  • Lightly spray each hand pie with grapeseed oil. Sprinkle each pie with the sugar.
  • Pre-heat air fryer at 350°F.
  • Lightly spray your air fryer basket with grapeseed oil. Place the hand pies in a single layer in the air fryer and cook for 11 minutes or until the pie crust is nice and golden. Repeat with remaining hand pies.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Desserts
Cuisine: Dessert, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian
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Sweet Cinnamon and Pear Empanadas

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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