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Sopaipilla Stars

These deep-fried breads were a hit when I made them for our daughter's birthday party. They're a fun way to round out a Mexican-themed meal. —Glenda Jarboe, Oroville, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar and honey


  • In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until mixture holds together.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. star cookie cutter or into 2-1/2-in. triangles.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry sopaipillas 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and puffed. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar; serve immediately with honey.
Nutrition Facts
1 sopaipilla: 114 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 264mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • LMCheatham
    Sep 26, 2018

    RC1956, what you described are "bunuelos", not sopapillas. Both are great! Can't wait to try this recipe, my mom loves them.

  • RC1956
    May 2, 2012

    my local mexican restaurant used just tortillas they warmed and dipped in cinnamon and sugar then honey. Very good too.

  • slodwndkd
    Aug 3, 2010

    This is the same recipe but made using a cookie cutter.The kids will join in this one!Donna Davis Los Angeles, CA

  • Lwstn
    Jul 16, 2009

    I just love reading the Related Tips sections! I find so much useful information here and just as I'm getting ready to log off I run into something else that catches my interest and I just have to read all about it! Now, I'm off to try this Sopa recipe because it sounds like a winner!