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Light, crispy pastry puffs, sopaipillas are a sweet way to round out a spicy meal. They make a nice winter dessert served warm and topped with honey or sugar. —Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Honey, optional
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a loose ball forms (dough will be crumbly).
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 3 minutes or until smooth. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out into a 12x10-in. rectangle. Cut into 12 squares with a knife or cut into 12 circles using a round biscuit cutter.
  • In a deep-fat fryer, heat 2 in. oil to 375°. Fry sopaipillas for 1-2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; keep warm. If desired, serve with honey and/or dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 sopaipilla: 57 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Sebastian
    Jun 16, 2020

    whre is the pumpkin, without that is' not real sopaipilla

  • ferndale52
    Aug 16, 2014

    flavorful, easy to make. prefer without the sweeteners, goes well with spicy foods such as mexican or indian.

  • BigMamaBear
    Oct 16, 2013

    Terrible. Just flavorless crackers. Nothing like what the photo portrays as the end result. Even the honey didn't help.

  • linda_sue
    Aug 26, 2013

    One of the best Sopaipillas recipes I have tried in years - will make again

  • DeepSorrow
    Jun 19, 2013

    Very tasty, and so much fun to make!

  • Jaded76
    May 5, 2013

    I wasn't to pleased with these. The dough was tough to roll out and when i deep fried them they didn't rise...Nothing like the photo, Very Disappointing :(

  • peepop
    Apr 30, 2013

    The secret to frying sopapillas is this--when you drop them into the fat, they will rise to the surface. Using a cooking spoon or fork, push them back under the surface a second time. They will puff up when you do this, into delightful little pillows. Don't use too shallow a pan. They will turn themselves over if the fat is deep enough and hot enough. Try them with chocolate sauce and add a little cinnamon. Yummy.

  • DeepSorrow
    Apr 6, 2013

    Easy and delicious, they turned out great!

  • katbax
    Jan 21, 2013

    No comment left

  • Fernr2
    Jan 19, 2013

    So good with a spoonful of honey