Sopapillas

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Puffy and pillowy sopapillas are fried to perfection and topped with honey. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top of this simple Mexican dessert!

Similar in consistency to Indian Fry Bread, these tasty pieces of fried bread are served as a dessert. It’s a fun treat anytime, but especially to pair with a Mexican dinner!

A pile of sopapillas on a white serving dish

What is a Sopapilla?

Sopapillas are dough that has been fried until puffy, and they have a hollow center. They are pillow shaped and usually dusted in sugar, then drizzled with honey. Even though they are most commonly served as dessert, they can also be filled with savory ingredients.  

However you decide to eat them, you will LOVE ’em. My kids are always requesting sopapillas for dessert. It’s such a fun treat that can be enjoyed with a big group of people.

Step by step pictures for how to make sopapillas

How to Make Sopapillas

DOUGH. Start by making the sopapilla dough. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or two knives, until the pieces are no bigger than pea sized. Pour in the warm water and mix to form a dough.

REST. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for twenty minutes.

While the dough is resting, heat the oil in a deep fryer or heaving bottomed pan to 375 degrees.

FRY. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 3 inch squares. Fry each square until it turns golden brown on both sides. Take them out of the oil and drain on paper towels.

SERVE. Serve the sopapillas warm, drizzled with honey.

Tips:

  • Lard gives these the best possible flavor, but you can also use vegetable shortening. Butter can be used, but because is has a different melting point, the results may vary. 
  • If your oil is hot enough (375°F) they should only take about 15 seconds per side to fry. 

Sopapilla dough being deep fried in oil

MAKING AHEAD

Sopapillas can be made ahead of time in either dough form or cooked. 

  • Dough: The dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours. To freeze the dough: Place the dough in a freezer Ziploc and wrap that with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw the dough, roll and fry as directed. 
  • Cooked: You can fry these up and keep them warm in a 200°F oven for up to one hour. You can also store them at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.  

Sopapilla dessert being drizzled with honey

How to Store + Reheat

Store sopapillas in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge. They will last 2-4 days if stored properly.

How to reheatSet the oven to 300°F place sopapillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until just warm, this will only take about 5 minutes. Be sure you do not over heat them or they will dry out and harden. 

Close up of sopapilla recipe

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Sopapilla Recipe

5 from 4 votes

Puffy and pillowy sopapillas are fried to perfection and topped with honey. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top of this simple Mexican dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 1188 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 quarts oil for frying
  • honey

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or two knives, until the pieces are no bigger than pea sized. Pour in the warm water and mix to form a dough. Cover and let rest twenty minutes.
  2. While the dough is resting, heat the oil in a deep fryer or heaving bottomed pan to 375 degrees.
  3. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 3 inch squares. Fry until golden brown on both sides, then drain on paper towels. Serve warm drizzled with honey.

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Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    It’s only been until recently that I tried these. I’m way behind & I’ve totally been missing out! They are light & airy & perfectly sweet!

  2. 5 stars
    I usually Pair my Mexican food with American desserts. I’ll have to try making this next time. They look simple, but yummy.