Cashew-Pili Empanada Recipe

This empanada recipe has three kinds of nuts instead of a meaty filling!

This is a new take on the empanada! We took the filling out of the pie and placed it into the Pinoy version of a hand pie: the empanada.

Cashew-Pili Empanada Recipe

Roselle Miranda
This empanada recipe has three kinds of nuts instead of a meaty filling!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 12


Cashew-Pili Empanada Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Cup all-purpose flour more for kneading, rolling
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons Butter diced, kept in freezer
  • 2 tablespoons cold milk
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 Egg beaten, for egg wash
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • Powdered SUgar for serving
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Butter melted
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon evaporated milk
  • 1/4 Cup cashews
  • 1/2 Cup glazed pili nuts chopped
  • 1/2 Cup honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Make the crust: in a food processor, pulse together 1 cup of the flour, salt, sugar, and butter until the mixture resembles peas. Add in the remaining flour and pulse until it resembles crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl, and moisten mixture with milk and water. Stir with a spoon until the mixture just comes together into a dough when pressed against the sides of the bowl. Working quickly, press dough together into a round, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill until ready to roll.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling: in a medium saucepan, beat egg well with a whisk. whisk in melted butter. Add sugar, honey, flour, and milk, and whisk until well combined. Place over medium heat. heat mixture, stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in cashews, pili nuts, and peanuts. Set aside.
  • Flour a baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator. roll out dough on a flour-dusted surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut out rounds, transferring to the chilled baking sheet as each is made. re-roll pastry trimmings until all the dough is made into rounds.
  • To assemble: Place a dough round onto a lightly floured countertop. scoop a heaping tablespoon of the filling onto the middle of the pie crust. Wet edges with egg wash and fold closed. Use a fork to seal edges. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Heat enough oil in a deep saute pan for deep frying. Place an empanada into the hot oil, and cook until golden brown on both sides. Drain on a rack with paper towels. Repeat with remaining empanadas. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve while warm. Recipe originally published in the July 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping.
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