Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

Sopaipillas are fried Mexican pastries that are eaten for breakfast or dessert, usually w/honey or cinnamon sugar. They are so easy to make even if you have a ready commercial source for them & are esp fun as the finale of a Tex-Mex dinner. The source for this recipe was Diana Rattray, Southern U.S. Cuisine. (NOTE: This recipe has been corrected by my site source & those changes to the liquid ingredients are now reflected here as well.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a lrg mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt & sugar. Stir till blended.
  2. Stir in oil, cream & water. Knead to make a soft dough.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly. Dough will be sticky. Cover w/dish cloth & let rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat about 3 in of oil in a heavy saucepan or deep fryer to 375°.
  5. Roll dough into a rectangle about 12x9 in & 1/8-in thick. Cut into 3-in squares.
  6. Carefully add squares to the hot oil, 2-3 at a time. Use a fork to press down into the oil so they will puff. Fry till golden brown (turning once) & drain well.


Most Helpful

These are very easy to make up. To my taste, they're just not quite sweet enough, even when sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on them after they cooked. Also, I thought the dough is a little tough, but that could be just me.

Mary K. W. April 11, 2007

I made these for the Photo Swap #6. OK I wanted to really make these but poor twissis told me not to due to the wrong liquid content. I did some research on the internet for sopaipillas and found a similar recipe and used the water content from that recipe and then decreased it by 1 tablespoon for the heavy cream. I used 3/4 cup water minus 1 tablespoon. These came out really good. There does need to be some adjustment still in the liquid content but that will be easy since Diana Rattray (after I e-mailed her) fixed her recipe on her site. I do encourage people to try this recipe since it is really good. I used a cinnamon sugar mixture and sprinkled it over the top of them for flavor. Please do enjoy.

Creation in Hope September 03, 2006

i feel really bad about having to give such a bad review. I was very excited to find this recipe and share it with my kids. It was a dessert that I had frequently as a child. this particular recipe I dont think is figured right on the wet and dry mixtures. I could not getjust the few tablespoons of wet liquid to make the 2 cups flour into a dough. I will keep trying to look this recipe up if anyone knows the correct wet/dry combination I know it can be great! Thanks

Cole&Logan'sMom July 18, 2006

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