A plate full of sopapillas sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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The tastiest homemade Sopaipillas are made in minutes, with basic pantry ingredients. Serve them with a dusting of powdered sugar and drizzle of honey!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine: hispanic, south american
Servings: 9 sopaipillas
Calories: 64kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water
  • Oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar and honey OR cinnamon sugar , for serving


  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the shortening and cut it in with forks or a pastry blender.
  • Gradually stir in water until the mixture comes together. Knead the dough in the bowl for a few minutes until smooth. Cover the bowl tightly and allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add about 1-2 inches of oil to a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Roll the dough into a square about 1/8-inch thick. Cut three strips vertically and horizontally to make 9 pieces.
  • Once the oil is lightly bubbling, lay a square of dough very carefully onto the hot oil. It will sink to the bottom and then begin to float to the top of the oil.
  • Once it floats to the top, lightly drizzle hot oil over the top of it as it cooks, which will help it to pillow-up. Cook for about 30 seconds and then flip to the other side and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Serve dusted with powdered sugar and a drizzle of honey, or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
  • Store leftover sopapillas at room temperature for 1-2 days.



*Recipe can easily be doubled to make more!
Freezing Instructions: 
  • To freeze the dough (recommended method): Make the dough (follow step 1-2 in the recipe card) and store the dough in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter until it comes to room temperature, then roll out the dough and fry as instructed.
  • To freeze fried sopapillas:  the cooled pastries can be frozen for up to 2 months.  To reheat, allow them to thaw completely and bake at 300°F for about 5-8 minutes (turning halfway through) until warm.


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg