Empañadas can be assembled and placed on prepared baking sheets ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, bake as directed.
If You Don't Have a Biscuit Cutter
If you don't have a 3-inch biscuit cutter, you can use an inverted clean drinking glass (with a 3-inch-diameter top) to cut the dough into rounds as directed.
If you prefer smaller pieces of meat, use 2 forks to pull apart the meat into smaller shreds before using as directed.