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Quick and Easy Sopapillas

If you’re looking for a sopapilla recipe that’s simple and fast, have I got a treat for you! These tasty treats come together in minutes and taste even better than the ones you get in a restaurant! 

Holy Guacamole. . .I Need Mexican Desserts! 

Last night we had a surprise birthday party for one of my daughters. It was a “Holy Guacamole, Megan’s Turning 40!” Party. 

I had been on a roll making sweet treats to fit the theme. Check out the Mexican Embroidery Cake I made. 

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Oh, and give these Cut-Out sugar cookies a peek. Aren’t they fun? 

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Still, one thing was lacking. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I wanted one more dessert to offer the guests. 

Sopapillas are Quick and Easy

That’s when it hit me: sopapillas. 

They’re super quick. They’re really easy. And I had just enough time to whip up a batch before heading off to the party. 

Sopapillas are similar to flour tortillas but they puff up when you fry them, giving them a lovely air pocket in the center.

I perused the Cookidoo side for a Thermomix-friendly Sopapilla recipe. (I use the Thermomix for my baking any time I can.) 

I found a perfect one! And because I love you, my wonderful readers, I’ve taken the time to convert the measurements from ounces and grams to cups and spoons, just for you! 

Before I give you the ingredients, let me just say that this one is a real hit! The party guests loved them!

Sopapilla Ingredients

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You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need to make these easy Sopapillas. These are 

  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Whole milk. cold
  • all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • shortening
  • baking powder
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • Oil for frying

How to Make Easy Sopapillas

These came together so easily! I can’t believe I’ve never made these before. This is definitely one of those recipes you’re going to use again and again. 

Start by combining sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Set aside. 

In large mixing bowl (or bowl of stand mixer) combine all remaining ingredients.

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Mix until fully incorporated. 

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Put dough on floured surface and shape into ball

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Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes

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Divide into four sections.

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Roll into balls.

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Using a rolling pin, roll sopapilla dough into flat circles. Use pizza cutter to cut six triangles out of each circle. 

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Place vegetable oil (or canola oil) in skillet on stove on medium-high heat. (Temperature of the oil needs to be just right–not to hot, but hot enough to fry the sopapillas.)

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Cook sopapillas for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side in hot oil.

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Using a slotted spoon, remove sopapillas, drain on a paper towel.

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Coat in cinnamon sugar. 

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Check out these yummy sopapillas!

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Serve warm with honey, whipped cream, or other tasty delights!

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Store leftovers (is there such a thing with sopapillas?) in an airtight container at room temperature. 

If you want to make the dough in advance you can freeze it up to two months. Thaw and use as usual. 

What to Expect from this Recipe

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They’re light, they’re crisp, they’re flaky. . .and loaded with cinnamon-sugar goodness! These sweet golden brown treats are exactly what I hoped they would be! 

I love how they open up when fried. That little space in the middle? It’s perfect for scooping whipped cream. Just saying.

No matter how you eat them. . .you’ll eat them. And eat them. And eat them.

They’re that good. Talk about a delicious dessert.

Variations on this Recipe

This is such an easy sopapilla recipe! I can’t wait to make these again. I’m already thinking of ways to mix things up next time.

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I’m a sucker for whipped cream so I decided to serve mine with a dollop of cream, just because. Ice cream is also a great option!

You can serve yours with a drizzles of honey, if you like. Or, if you’re wanting something extra- sweet, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Some people like to drizzle theirs with chocolate syrup.

Or, skip the sugar and cinnamon. Make savory sopapillas (basically, fried bread) and serve with queso blanco. (Yum!) 

If you skip the cinnamon and sugar you could also use these as a shell for taco meat, cheese, and lettuce. Fry, open, and stuff with goodies! You might consider cutting your sopapillas into square shapes for this option.

Funny story: I read online that you can use crescent roll dough to make sopapillas. I haven’t tried it yet but it’s worth a shot!

I also saw that you can make sopapillas in an air fryer. That might be worth trying!

Other Breads from Out of the Box Baking

This is a great recipe, but if you’re looking for more options, we’ve got them for you. Here are a few favorites:

Fry Bread: This recipe is so versatile and can be used to create many favorites–like beignets, donuts, fried bread, or even churros. Talk about the perfect sweet treat! And guess what? These tiny crisp pieces of bread can be used as a base for savory dishes, as well! (I love a good deep fried dough!)

Challah Bread: Challah is a wonderful white bread with a crunchy exterior. It’s perfect with soups, salads, or even on its own.

Milk Bread: This is a light fluffy bread with a simple recipe that is incredibly versatile.

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  • Kids Cakes and Cookies: If you’re looking to host a themed party for your child, we’ve got you covered. I’ve got a host of ideas that incorporate both cookies and cakes. 

That’s it for this post, friend. I hope you enjoy these homemade sopapillas!

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Easy and Quick Sopapillas

Easy and Quick Sopapillas

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you’re looking for a sopapilla recipe that’s simple and fast, have I got a treat for you! These tasty treats come together in minutes and taste even better than the ones you get in a restaurant! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 tbsp shortening
  • 1. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

    Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and set aside. 

    In large mixing bowl (or bowl of stand mixer) combine all remaining ingredients.

    Mix until fully incorporated. 

    Put dough on floured surface and shape into ball

    Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes

    Divide into four sections. One at a time, roll into flat circles. 

    Use pizza cutter to cut six triangles out of each circle. 

    Place vegetable oil in skillet on stove and heat on medium-high

    Cook sopapillas for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side

    Remove, drain on paper towels, then coat in cinnamon sugar. 

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

    The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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