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Sopapillas – an easy soft sweet dough, fried to puff up like a pillow until golden brown with crispy outer layer and softer inside. A quick bread dredged in cinnamon and/or sugar or drizzled with honey as an indulging afternoon snacks.
Course Snacks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 140kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon shortening or butter
  • 1/2 cup or more water
  • 1/4 cup milk , at room temperature


  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add shortening or butter, mix until mixture looks like coarse meal.
  • Then make a well then add milk and water , knead dough for about 30 seconds to 1 minute to form soft, moist dough.
  • Divide dough in half . Place one half of the dough onto a lightly floured board or surface then roll dough thin (between 1/4 and 1/8 inch) thickness. 
  • Divide the circles in half and then place a slit on dough. Cut into triangles or desired shapes . Repeat for the other half.
  • In a large skillet or saucepan pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches and place on medium heat until oil is about 350- 375 degrees F.
  • Add a few at a time enough to fit in the skillet with some space around it. Fry until golden brown on one side about a minute or two, then flip the other side and fry for another minute.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkin. Let it cool.
  • Serve warm with honey and/or cinnamon sugar.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 94mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.5mg