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Light, crispy pastry puffs, sopaipillas are a sweet way to round out a spicy meal. They make a nice winter dessert served warm and topped with honey or sugar. —Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
6-8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 25 min.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Honey, optional
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in
  • shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add water,
  • tossing with a fork until a loose ball forms (dough will be
  • crumbly).
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 3 minutes or until
  • smooth. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out into a 12-in. x
  • 10-in. rectangle. Cut into 12 squares with a knife or cut into 12
  • circles using a round biscuit cutter.
  • In a deep-fat fryer, heat 2 in. of oil to 375°. Fry sopaipillas
  • for 1-2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; keep warm.
  • Serve with honey and/or dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
  • Yield: 6-8 servings.