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Christmas Empanadillas – Empanadillas de Navidad – Spanish Recipe

If you love Christmas mince pies then you'll love this new way of making them, with a Spanish twist!


For 8 empanadillas:

  • 250 g jam whatever flavour you prefer, or Christmas mincemeat
  • 250 g flour
  • 70 ml oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 100 ml olive oil for frying


  1. Add the olive oil to the flour, 1 egg and the grated lemon rind. Knead until it forms a smooth ball, then allow to stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll the pastry into a thin sheet, cut out circles with a 10cm pastry cutter. In the centre of each disc place a teaspoon of jam or mincemeat. With a pastry brush paint beaten egg around one half of the circle, then fold over the other half to form a half moon shape, and firmly seal the edges.
  3. Fry on both sides in olive oil until brown. Drain the excess oil on kitchen towel. Dust with icing sugar to serve.