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Soft pillows of fried dough drizzled with honey. These are a traditional New Mexican treat.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: New Mexican
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¾ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Shortening (or Butter)
  • ½ cups Milk
  • Vegetable Oil, Enough For 1-2 Inches In Your Frying Pan
  • Honey, For Serving
  1. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Cut in shortening until mixture looks like coarse meal.
  3. Stir in the milk with a fork until it comes together in a moist dough.
  4. Form into a ball and knead several times. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into an ⅛” thickness.
  6. Cut into (handheld size) squares or triangles. (I used a pizza cutter for cutting the dough.)
  7. Heat oil to 375ºF in a deep pan.
  8. Fry the dough (2 or 3 at a time, at the most) turning often until golden on all sides.
  9. This should take place very quickly, about 30 seconds.
  10. Remove the cooked sopaipillas from the oil using a spatula and drain on paper towels. Repeat frying the rest.
  11. Drizzle with honey and serve immediately.
  12. ¡Que aproveche!
Recipe by San Pasqual’s Kitchen at