Sopapillas Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

Sopapillas are crispy, airy, delicious deep-fried pastries, that have been rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a drizzle of honey. 

If you haven’t tried yet my amazing Sopapilla Cheesecake, you are definitely missing out. If you want to take it over the top, make some real Sopapillas, pile them up on top of the cheesecake bars, and drizzle with some honey right before serving. That will be a fantastic dessert!

Image of sopapillas topped with cinnamon.

Homemade Sopapillas Recipe

Sopapillas are beautiful pillows of fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar, and they are impossible to resist. Every time I travel to Mexico, I just can’t get enough. These pastries are so easy to make at home and they are a hit at brunch parties. You can enjoy them pretty much any day of the week. Also, they are great for Christmas, birthday party, or simply in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee!

A Sopapilla is basically a golden brown pastry shell, that has been deep-fried to perfection. Inside there is nothing but air! Perfect Sopapillas should look like pillows and when you bite into one, you get the light crispiness of the dough and next to some amazing flakiness from the airy center.

What are Sopapillas?

It is a crispy pastry that is very popular in Hispanic cuisine. Sopapillas are deep-fried in oil and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Usually, they are being served covered with a drizzle of honey.

Picture of sopapillas topped with honey and cinnamon.

What do you need to make Sopapillas?

This dessert is fairly easy to make, you will need only a handful of ingredients that are very common.

  • Shortening
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon

How do you make Sopapillas?

  • First, you mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • After that, using your hands or a pastry blender, combine the flour mix with the shortening.
  • Lastly, add the warm water and milk. Roll the dough into a ball and let it rest.
  • When ready to use, roll the dough, cut 2×2 inch or larger squares and deep fry.
  • Roll in cinnamon sugar and serve drizzled with honey.

Photo of homemade sopapillas.

Can you substitute shortening with butter?

While I love butter, and in many instances, you can use butter instead of shortening, however in this Sopapillas recipe, I recommend using shortening.

Butter vs Shortening

What is Shortening and what does it do in baking?

Vegetable shortening is a fat made from vegetable oil and it is usually hydrogenated, so when you buy some, always make sure you choose a non-hydrogenated version. Shortening has a longer shelf life in comparison to butter and it’s also cheaper, but it lacks the flavor of butter. A fun fact is that shortening is vegan.

While butter is usually about 80-85% fat and 15-20% water, shortening is 100% fat. Shortening has a higher melting point than butter, which makes sit easier to incorporate it into the dough that needs to be rolled out. Also, the dough made with shortening will hold its shape better during baking.

What does Butter do in baking?

Butter definitely has the best flavor, so it wins when it comes to making cookies, cakes or frosting. It also adds beautiful flakiness to pie crusts, due to the water content it holds.

But while it tastes good, it can be harder to work with, because of its lower melting point. If it gets too warm, the dough will be too soft to roll and it will tear easily. If it gets too cold, the dough will be more difficult to roll. You may have to transfer the dough in and out of the fridge several times.

Picture of traditional sopapillas with cinnamon.

How do you make Homemade Cinnamon Sugar?


  • 1 cup white cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


In a small bowl add sugar and cinnamon and stir until fully combined.

Can you make Sopapillas dough in advance?

Yes, you can. The dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

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Sopapillas Recipe

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 28 pieces
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 25 mins



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Nutrition information

Calories: 91 Carbohydrates: 18 Protein: 1 Fat: 1 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 86 Potassium: 85 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 8 Vitamin A: 35 Calcium: 45 Iron: 1.1
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Image of homemade mexican sopapillas.

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I have always wanted to try these, yours looks so good!


Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

This reminds me so much of my grandmother's kitchen! We used to make them together. I need to make them with my kiddos!


Chrissie Baker

So pretty! Good idea! Looks very tasty! I am going to make this! This recipe really impresses! I really like! Thank you.


Carrie R

I haven't had a sopapilla in so long! These look perfect. :)



These I have to make! I love sopapillas so why not make them at home!



Can you use self rising flour in this?


I haven't tried it in this recipe.


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