These empanadas are coated with cinnamon sugar and filled with a creamy vanilla rice pudding for a delicious sweet treat to enjoy on any occasion!
Rice Pudding: In heavy-bottom saucepan, combine milk, condensed milk and salt; bring to boil over medium heat.
Stir in rice; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, for 15 to 20 minutes or until thick and creamy. Stir in vanilla.
Transfer pudding to bowl; cover surface directly with plastic wrap. Let cool completely. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until well chilled and thickened.
Empanadas: Preheat oven to 400˚F. Whisk egg with 1 tbsp water; set aside. Working with one pie crust at a time, spread crust on work surface; using 4-inch round cutter, cut out 5 rounds from each crust.
Brush outer edges of rounds with some of the egg wash. Place tablespoonful of rice pudding mixture in center of each round; bring edges of each round together to create half-moon shape and enclose filling. Crimp edges with fork to seal. Place on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; brush pastry with remaining egg wash. Using fork, prick top of pastry to create steam vents.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
Meanwhile, stir together sugar and cinnamon. Toss empanadas in cinnamon sugar while still warm. Serve with dulce de leche for dipping.
For a festive Thanksgiving dessert, substitute cranberry sauce for dulce de leche.
If you thought empanadas were only meant for savory fillings, think again. These tasty pastries are filled with a creamy and simple homemade vanilla rice pudding and coated in a crispy cinnamon sugar outer edge.
And, if that weren’t enough, for an even sweeter bite, dip them in dulce de leche, cajeta or a fruit combination like cranberry sauce or grape, blueberry or strawberry jam. Serve them as a dessert at your next holiday get-together or enjoy them as a tasty snack!
To make your rice pudding over the top, make sure to use extra long grain Carolina® White Rice, which is perfect for absorbing all of the creamy milk and vanilla flavor. Make sure to check out more of our tips for making the best rice pudding if you’ve never tried it before.