It’s also excellent for ravioli, dumplings, hand pies, and more.

By Katie Macdonald
February 03, 2020
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It’s dangerously easy to inhale one perfectly flaky empanada after another, but pleating and crimping your own is more of a challenge. Thankfully, there’s a very simple tool that streamlines the labor-intensive process: a handy dough press.

Rather than eyeball how to cut, stuff, and fold your empanadas, the specially designed device uniformly stamps out and presses the dough around whatever filling you’re using. It’s the easiest, fastest way we know to make the dish, and if you’re considering buying one of your own, hundreds of Amazon shoppers swear by this $6 pack from Prepworks by Progressive.

The set includes three dishwasher-safe tools that cut dough into 4-, 5-, and 6-inch circles on one side and fold the perfectly measured dough in a press on the other. Each has decorative crimped edges to ensure a tight seal. It’s no wonder the trio has earned a notable 4.3-stars, more than 1,000 reviews, and an Amazon’s Choice label for empanada presses.

Prepworks by Progressive Dough Press, Set of 3
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

To buy: $6;

Shoppers who have used the set say the presses are much faster and easier to use than the traditional finger or fork methods, adding that their consistency makes meals look more professional.  

“This dough press has been a life saver,” one user wrote. “Made over 65 empanadas in a fraction of the time it normally takes me. I would usually use a fork to seal the empanadas and by the time I would be done making over 50 empanadas, my fingers would be in so much pain.”

While many shoppers complimented the durability of the dough cutters, others also added that the medium and large presses are exact fits for the popular Goya pre-made wrappers: “I make empanadas using the Goya discs, and this little gadget has saved me so much time preparing them. I normally would use a fork and pinch the edges together, but now I just lay the disc on the gadget, lay some meat in the middle, and then fold the gadget for a few seconds and boom, sealed empanada.”

In addition to empanadas, reviewers also describe using the presses for other filled bites, including dumplings, perogies, ravioli, and hand pies. They say the different size options provide the flexibility to make a variety of recipes, while the cutters can handle all types of dough.  

“Using these is a breeze,” explained a shopper. “The 4-, 5-, and 6-inch sizes are just right. Anything smaller and you wouldn't have enough filling space. These cut pie crust dough, noodle dough, or bread dough circles very cleanly and neatly. So many uses, from hand pies and calzones to wontons, pierogies, and pot stickers!”

And at a cost of just $6, there’s little to lose by giving the set a try for yourself. Head to Amazon to get the Prepworks by Progressive Dough Press trio for all the palm-size pockets of deliciousness you can eat.