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$5 Dessert: Sopapillas

  • Prep Time 0:25
  • Cook Time 0:05
  • Estimated Cost $4.00

Though not of Mexican origin, the sopapilla is a delicious, easy dessert that goes nicely with Latin American fare. If you have a deep fryer, use that to make these. If not, shallow-frying them in a heavy pot or frying pan will do just fine. I like to serve these hot with cinnamon coffee.


  • 2 cups flour Pantry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder Pantry
  • 1/2 packet yeast $1.50
  • 1 teaspoon salt Pantry
  • 1 tbsp sugar Pantry
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter $1 for a stick
  • 3/4 cup warm water 
  • vegetable oil Pantry
  • powdered sugar for dusting $1.50


  1. In a small bowl, combine water and yeast. Carefully stir in sugar and allow to activate yeast, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Slowly stir in yeast-water mixture until a soft dough forms. Knead until smooth.
  3. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  4. Roll dough out on a floured board to about 1/4" thick. Use a knife to cut the dough into 3" squares.
  5. Heat about 1" oil in a deep pot or frying pan. Fry dough a few pieces at a time, turning over as needed to allow the _sopapillas_ to cook evenly. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar or and serve hot with honey. Makes about 20 sopapillas.

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marguerite, on May 5, 11:27 AM, wrote:

We went to my favorite Mexican restaurant last week and wanted to share an order of sopapillas…. but the kitchen was out of them!!

I’ve been dying to make them ever since! I can’t wait to try these!

Kim, on May 7, 01:36 PM, wrote:

Thanks Gabi, these look amazing and sooooo easy!

Stirling, on Jul 1, 04:43 PM, wrote:

Easy and delicious! Make sure you have several people to share them with. It made more than I expected. Thanks!

nina B, on Jul 26, 08:04 AM, wrote:

I made these yesterday and shook them in a bowl of cinnamon sugar while hot. They were a hit. I dont know if my yeast proofed right but these were light crispy and super yummy. They taste like a mix between a doughnut and a churro. My favorite rest in LA serves them with a honey mango sauce that I will try to replicate next time. thanks

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