An Apple Cheesecake Empanada on a serving platter

These Apple Cheesecake Empanadas are made with wonton wrappers that have been filled with an apple cheesecake filling then fried to crispy perfection. A delicious, quick and easy to make dessert recipe your family will love!

Apple Cheesecake Empanadas are slightly reminiscent of a cheesecake factory recipe that my former daughter-in-law used to enjoy. These fried apple cheesecake pies are just the perfect touch to end dinner. They are not too big and not too sweet.

An Apple Cheesecake Empanada on a serving platter

Why I made this recipe

My former daughter-in-law loved Cheesecake Factory. When this recipe was first shared on Grumpy’s Honeybunch, I myself had never eaten at the restaurant. Mainly, because it was not a local place for us. The closest one to us was over 2 hours away in Syracuse!

Since it was such a loved recipe, Kristina decided she wanted to make this at home. She was so excited about it that I received a message that I had to go right over so I could try it! This is how it also happened to become a recipe on my website!

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This recipe for Apple Cheesecake Empanadas is now a family recipe on file and one that will be made for years to come. Family recipes are so important to my family and me and putting them here on my website is my way of preserving them for years to come for my children.

I am very happy that Kristina shared this recipe with me and allowed me to post it! Now, if the craving hits for a crispy fried pie after we have had our dinner of Cheese Enchiladas with Red Sauce, then we have a go to recipe for it!

What you need to make Apple Cheesecake Empanadas

The process for making these Apple Cheesecake Empanadas is very simple. The one tool I recommend is an Empanada Press. This press is very versatile and can also be used to make ravioli or pierogies!

You also need fresh apples for this recipe. I like to use the HoneyCrisp apple for this recipe. HoneyCrisp Apples are a nice crispy apple with great flavor. You can cook them down and they will still have “bite” to them, making them perfect for this recipe.

However, if you want to take a shortcut, and use apple pie filling, that that is also completely acceptable! I have a recipe for my Mom’s Homemade Apple Pie in a Jar that works perfectly in this recipe.

Tips for making Apple Cheesecake Empanadas

  • These Apple Cheesecake Empanadas can be made in a couple of different ways. I tend to like to mix the apple pie filling into the cheesecake filling. However, you can also add the filling separately to the empanadas. Either way will work fine.
  • An Empanada Press will make them easier to assemble. However, it is not required to have one. You can simply place some filling in the wonton wrapper, fold it over, and seal with a little bit of water, pinching the edges together with your fingers.
  • You want to be sure you have a good seal on the wonton wrapper. If you don’t get a good seal, you could end up with filling bursting out into the hot oil when cooking.
Apple Cheesecake Empanada that has been cut in half

Storing the Empanadas

Apple Cheesecake Empanadas are easy to make ahead and freeze. Then you can pull them straight from the freezer and into the deep fryer when the craving hits. This is my preferred way to store extras that I know will not be eaten. This way, you get a freshly fried pie every time the craving hits.

If you decide to fry them all at once and do have leftovers, you should store them in the refrigerator or freezer. They can easily be reheated in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes, or in the microwave for just a few seconds. I recommend the oven method over the microwave for reheating although both ways work.

Have you made this recipe? I would love you to rate it in the recipe card below!

Apple Cheesecake Empanada that has been cut in half

Apple Cheesecake Empanadas

Apple cheesecake filling inside and crispy outside dough!
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Apple Cheesecake Empanadas, Cheesecake, empanadas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 574kcal


  • 1 package 8 oz Philly Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Macintosh Apples
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • Eggroll wrappers
  • 2 cups Oil for frying


  • Cook apples with butter until soft. Stir in brown sugar and cook until sugar has dissolved. Cool completely.
  • Blend together 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup sour cream, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Combine cream cheese mixture with apple filling.
  • Place eggroll wrapper on empanada maker. If you don't an empanada maker you can cut eggroll wrapper into large circles and use a small amount of water when sealing.
  • Place approximately 1 tablespoons of filling on one side of wrapper and fold to cover filling.
  • Deep fry in oil heated to 350 degrees until brown. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.


Serving: 2empanadas | Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Megan January 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    How sweet of Kristina! They look yummy. Never would have thought of cheesecake in an empanada. That's why I love this community. 😉
    I just found my moms old recipes and I thought of you and this event. Hopefully I'll get something made and submit it next month. I noticed the new address is being used! Waiting for the new layout!

  2. Megan January 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    How sweet of Kristina! They look yummy. Never would have thought of cheesecake in an empanada. That's why I love this community. 😉
    I just found my moms old recipes and I thought of you and this event. Hopefully I'll get something made and submit it next month. I noticed the new address is being used! Waiting for the new layout!

  3. Jessie January 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    oh my goodness! I never thought I would see apple cheesecake and empanadas in the same sentence! That sounds absolutely wonderful. Kristina came up with a great dessert 🙂

  4. NikiTheo January 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    OMG, those look fantastic!!!! And you can use a variety of fruits too, if you want! Yum!

  5. Dawn January 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    aren't eggroll wrappers like the best invention ever? I'm saving this one kiddo.

  6. Pam January 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    What a great daughter in law! The empanadas look and sound amazing.

  7. Melissa January 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I love how versatile empanadas are! These look great, but of course anything with cheesecake is great 😉

  8. Cristine January 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Wow… looks amazing!

  9. pigpigscorner January 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I wish someone would invite me over for this! Looks amazing!

  10. Jamie January 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    What an awesome creation. I've never worked with eggroll wrappers before. And stuffed with a cream cheese mixture…yummy!

    I've been wanting to check out your family recipe group. Maybe I'll submit something next month.

  11. Barbara Bakes January 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a great combination! How great that she wanted to share these with you!

  12. noble pig January 30, 2010 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Now i am drooling…she needs a blog, LOL.

  13. teresa January 30, 2010 at 12:32 am - Reply

    oh that is creamy deliciousness! great creation!

  14. Mags January 30, 2010 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Oh my…these look so delicious. Kristina, you did a great job!

  15. Lynda January 30, 2010 at 3:46 am - Reply

    These look wonderful-cheesecake and apples together in a fried crust! How yummy!

  16. Kaitlin January 30, 2010 at 6:24 am - Reply

    These are SO creative! They look soo yummy too!

  17. Mari @ Once Upon a Plate January 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! Those look fabulous!!

    Kudos to Kristina ~ and thank you for sharing them Shelby!

    (Now I have macaroni and cheese on my mind since you mentioned it!) *grin* xo

  18. Bellini Valli January 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Apples and cheese in something that can be handheld…I can see why she was so excited.

  19. Sabrina January 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    YUm! That sounds so good right now!!

  20. msmeanie February 1, 2010 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Wow. That looks amazing. The outer shell looks so crispy. I can't believe that can be achieved without frying. I should definitely get some of those wonton wrappers!

  21. Kathleen February 1, 2010 at 3:44 am - Reply

    OMG! This sounds so fab-u-lous!!!

  22. pegasuslegend February 1, 2010 at 11:05 am - Reply

    wow a dessert that is genious wonderful looking as well~

  23. averagebetty February 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    YUM! I haven't had a fried pie in forever! Love the addition of Cream Cheese! I think you've inspired Kristina 😉

  24. Robin Sue February 3, 2010 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Wow what a very creative creation. Kristina you made a fantatic treat, I will have to try these out sometime soon!

  25. Sherry G February 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    That's such a cute idea! I can just imagine myself popping empanada after empanada into my mouth… mmmm!

  26. Diana's Cocina February 28, 2010 at 6:06 am - Reply

    I made empanadas with my Mom as a kid. It was always fun and yummy. What an awesome idea to add cream cheese.

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