This is a wonderful traditional dessert served at Christmas time in my family. You may omit the cloves if you prefer a less spicy version.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the dried apricots and 1 1/2 cups of water into a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly.

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  • In the container of a blender or large food processor, combine the apricots with any remaining water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Cover, and puree until smooth. Set aside.

  • Pour 1 cup of water into a large bowl, and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Let stand for about 5 minutes to dissolve the yeast. Mix in the shortening and salt. Gradually mix in the flour using a sturdy spoon until the dough is stiff enough to knead on a floured surface. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Do not set aside the dough to rise.

  • Roll out the dough to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into circles with a large biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter. Spoon about a tablespoon of the filling in the center of the circles, and fold over. Seal the edges by pressing with your fingers.

  • Heat about 1 inch of oil in a deep heavy skillet over medium-high heat, or to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Fry the pastries in the hot oil, turning once, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Nutrition Facts

248.6 calories; 3.3 g protein; 42.7 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 132.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2012
This was a great guideline to making empanadas. Instead of Apricot jam though we used an apple jam (very similairly to the way this one was made) and we baked them instead of frying them. They came out delicous. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2012
This was a great guideline to making empanadas. Instead of Apricot jam though we used an apple jam (very similairly to the way this one was made) and we baked them instead of frying them. They came out delicous. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2010
I used this recipe more as a guideline. I had fresh apricots I wanted to use up. I scaled the recipe way down to about 1 cup apricots and didn't use as much sugar as the recipe called for. I also used puff pastry and baked these. I loved them the bf thought they were too tart. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2005
easy to make and very tasty Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2011
These were very good... The filling almost tasted like pumpkin somehow. The only thing I would have done different is boiled the dried apricots longer. I ended up with about two cups filling leftover and my dough was gone.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2018
Good flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2017
My family also makes these at Christmas. Use this recipe as a guideline...I had to add extra water probably used 3 cups total. Also added more cinnamon and cloves just adjust to your family's taste. We top with cinnamon sugar and bake if I'm in a hurry I use store bought pie crust dough. Read More
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