Guava and Cream Cheese Hand Pies

While attending BlogHer Food in Miami this past May, I attended a workshop taught by my gal, Meseidy of The Noshery, and Carla of The Cuban Brit. The workshop was on cooking traditional Puerto Rican and Cuban foods or putting spins on those cuisines. I walked away from the workshop very full indeed (SAMPLES!!), and inspired to introduce some of these ingredients and recipes in my home kitchen.

Guava and Cream Cheese Hand Pies from foodiewithfamily #JCPAmbassador #Spon #BlogHer Most especially, I walked away ready to put guava paste in and on EVERYTHING. Oh my word, friends. Have you TRIED guava paste? It’s tangy, sweet, and perfect for adding a burst of fresh, fruity flavour to main dishes, appetizers, and desserts alike. We have taken to slicing guava paste and serving it with our cheese trays when I’ve been too lazy or busy to get to the store for fresh fruit. It is something I don’t want my pantry to be without now. In the workshop, Meseidy and Carla prepared a traditional Cuban dessert of cream cheese and guava paste wrapped in dough and fried. Today, I’m going to share this quick, simple, and impressive sweet with you. I like to fry them up, cool them slightly, then wrap them in foil and tuck them into our picnic basket. I think they’ll make an appearance for packed lunches on field trips this coming fall, too. It’s a perfect little combination of creamy, sweet, fruity, and tangy in a flaky little hand pie package!

Guava and Cream Cheese Hand Pies from foodiewithfamily #JCPAmbassador #Spon #BlogHer


Cook’s Notes

I love using Goya Discos for this job for the sake of speed, but my friend Meseidy has a fantastic recipe for a homemade version of the dough. I highly recommend it!

Guava paste is widely available (most grocery stores who carry it will have it in the Goya or Hispanic foods section.) I order Guava Paste (affiliate link) from, though, because I prefer guava paste that doesn’t have artificial colours or high fructose corn syrup.

I prefer the texture of my little hand pies when they’re deep fried, but I know a lot of people fear deep frying. The recipe includes instructions for baked hand pies. One of these days, though, I will convince the world that deep frying is easy-peasy as long as you’re paying attention!


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Guava and Cream Cheese Hand Pies
  • 10 Goya discos (empanada wrappers) or homemade empanada pastry discs.
  • 1 (8 ounce) brick of cream cheese, cut into 10 slices (crosswise rather than lengthwise)
  • 10 slices of guava paste that are about 2½-inches long by 1-inch across by ¼ to ½ inch thick
  • 1 beaten egg
  • oil for frying or non-stick cooking spray if baking
To Prepare Hand Pies:
  1. Lay out the discos or homemade empanada pastry discs. Brush the edges of the disc with beaten egg.
  2. Lay one slice of cream cheese and one of guava paste just to the side of the center of the disc. Lift the empty side of the dough and drape it over the guava paste and cream cheese, then use your fingers or a fork to crimp the dough closed.
To Fry:
  1. Preheat oil to 350°F. Carefully lower two or three of the hand pies into the oil and fry until golden brown and delicious, about 4 minutes. Use tongs or a slotted spoon or spider to transfer the pies from the oil to a paper towel lined plate. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before eating. These can be eaten at room temperature!
To Bake:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush both sides of the pies with more beaten egg and place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake until puffy and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool at least 5 minutes before eating. These can be eaten at room temperature!

To fry these little beauties, I used my brand-spankin’ new T-Fal Cool-Touch Deep Fryer from JCPenney. After having made due for years with frying pans on my oven (and cleaning up the inevitable oily mess that resulted from it) I was excited to delve into tidier, safer deep frying. Besides being a cleaner, safer way to deep-fry, it has the added bonuses of keeping my house from smelling like a professional kitchen during pub hours AND being a convenient place to store my frying oil.The good folks at JCPenney have a fantastic and robust home goods section. In fact, throughout the month of July, they’ve been hosting a celebrity designer in store, fielding LIVE design questions that you can submit to them via Facebook. Be sure to submit YOUR design questions via the JCPenney Facebook page and watch to see if you’re answered live by a celebrity designer! As a bonus, you can also receive a 20% off a home product offer. The final Designer Day is this Wednesday 7/30 with designer David Bromstad in Dallas – make sure to submit your home design question! And check out all the great home advice from the previous participating designers on the JCPenney Designer Days Playlist on YouTube here.



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  1. Robby says

    Need? Not much, but I might be far more willing to dry things with that dryer from T-Fal. And I learned to put that same incredible filling in puff pastry from a Cuban friend this spring. Oh my!

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  4. Jenny says

    I would love a nice cutting board (mines breaking in half), an espresso machine, a new dish set…. Oh the list could go in 😉
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. MotorCityMich says

    I want a new spice rack… or maybe a good food dehydrator! Though my hubs would want the deep fryer. LOL

  6. Leah Eldridge says

    Since my beloved KitchenAid is dying a slow death, I would love a new one. I’ve always wished for the bowl lift 600 Professional series mixer.

  7. mar says

    Hmm, what I really need right now is an oven (mine has been broken for 6 months, and I don’t want to pay $300 to fix a 25 year old oven!) – so in the meantime, I could definitely use a new toaster oven!

  8. Phoebe says

    I “need” a Kitchenaid mixer… it’s really a want, though, but not sure who wants it more, me or my 16 year old baking whiz.

  9. Courtelizab says

    I have always wanted a KitchenAid mixer. In a fancy color. They are so alluring and it totally calls to my inner child– But in reality I probably need knives, a slow cooker, or a food processor.

  10. Margot C says

    I really need a food processor. there are some things (like Hummus) that I just can’t make with either elbow grease, a mixer or a blender.

  11. Kelsey says

    These look delicious! I’d say the one thing I want the most for my apartment is a washer and dryer (although that’s two things!), but that’s not possible–no space or hookups! So a more realistic want is a set of ceramic bakeware :)

  12. TiffH says

    While I would love new kitchen tools, I need new sheets! Ours are fraying, and where are the ones I want! JC penny of course!

  13. junecutie says

    I would love a stand alone freezer. I just never have enough room in the one in my refrigerator for all the broths and herbs that I want to freeze. Of course, I wouldn’t say no to a new bed, either; along with bedding and pillows.

  14. Dandi D says

    I really need a good Chef’s knife in my kitchen. I keep cutting myself with my stupid cheap ones.

  15. Maggie B says

    Hmmm…. I’ve been eyeing a dehydrator for a while now. But since you are talking about deep fryers I think I need one of those in my life too!!

  16. Madeline says

    I need a coffeemaker since mine died last month. I use my husband’s but he doesn’t like the flavored coffees that I like.

  17. Jen says

    I so want a stand mixer. A lot of times I bake or make dough of some kind I’m reminded how much easier my life would be with one.

  18. says

    Perhaps a food processor — I had one when I was first married 28 years ago. Over the years I lost interest in it and moved 7 too many times so I finally ditched it. Now I’m kicking myself because it’s the one tool that I think I would actually use quite a lot in the kitchen!

    The only other thing I’ve been thinking about purchasing is an immersion blender.

  19. Anne says

    My bread machine has given up the ghost, and I would dearly love to replace it with a nice new model. I can’t say I “need” a new bread machine, but I sure do want one!

  20. Laura J says

    One thing that I would love is a stand mixer! I just have a hand held one, would be so much easier with a stand one!

  21. Claire Quilty says

    I really need a good stand mixer with a dough hook and sausage grinder, Santa won’t listen and bring one to me!

  22. Kimmy Ripley says

    I finally got myself a Kitchenaid Mixer…. LOVE it! Now I would like to get a food-processor. I would also like to get some of the attachments for the mixer.

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