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Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

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My Homemade Sopapilla Recipe is one of our favorite desserts to make as a family. Warm fried dough with melted butter, honey and powdered sugar!

Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this recipe for weeks now.  Let me start by saying I know people call these all kinds of different names.  It kind of depends where you grew up!  I’ve heard people call them scones, fry bread and sopapillas.  I am not partial, I’ll call them anything, lol!  I remember as a kid having warm sopapillas at a Mexican restaurant we went to and it was my favorite part of the meal!

If you are not aware of what this recipe is, let me explain.  It’s a homemade dough, fried, then lathered with butter, honey and powdered sugar.  Seriously does NOT get better than this.

When my family gets together on Sundays, we almost always end up making these.  They are everyone’s favorite :)

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Start by placing warm water, yeast and sugar into your stand mixer.  Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, it’ll start growing :)

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While you are waiting for your yeast to rise, heat your oil to 350-375 degrees F.

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Add your flour and salt to the stand mixer.

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Add a few drizzles of olive oil and let it mix, mix mix.

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Remove your dough from the bowl and with floured hands, form into a little ball.  Please note that you can also use this dough for Pizza Dough.  It’s amazing and I use it as well as my Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough often!

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Pinch off little pieces of dough and form into about 3 inch rounds.

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Like so.  It doesn’t have to be exact, can be bigger or smaller :)

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Carefully drop each piece of dough into the hot oil.

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Let fry until golden then flip!

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There’s the color you are looking for :)

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Remove from the oil and set onto some parchment paper.

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Spread each piece of dough with lots of butter as soon as it comes out of the oil.

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Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

Homemade Sopapilla RecipePrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 5 min | Total time: 25 min


  • 64 ounces canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water, 110 degrees F.
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup good quality honey
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Place oil in large dutch oven over medium heat with a thermometer attached to the side of the pot. Heat until at least 350 degrees F. but under 375 degrees F.
  2. Place warm water, yeast and sugar into stand mixer bowl with a dough hook attached. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until yeast has grown.
  3. Add flour, salt and olive oil to the stand mixer, beating on medium speed. Mix until dough is cleaning sides of bowl, about 2-3 minutes. With very floured hands, remove dough from bowl and form into a ball on top of parchment paper.
  4. Pinch off about 1/4 cup pieces of dough forming into 3 inch rounds. Does not have to be perfect. Carefully drop pieces of dough into hot oil, in batches. No more than about 3 or 4 at a time. Fry until golden and puffed on each side. Remove from hot oil and place onto parchment paper. Immediately spread butter and honey over each piece. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy!

Makes 12-15 Servings

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  1. 1

    I bet they are so good, Jenny! pinned!
    Hope you had a nice Mother’s Day!

  2. 2

    Those look so perfectly golden brown and good!

  3. 3

    I love sopapillas! Yours look wonderful. I love that you made them from scratch.

  4. 4

    You can’t beat fresh hot sopapilla at a mexican restaurant. Love that you can now make them at home.

  5. 5
    Gaby says:

    Totally irresistible!

  6. 6
    Maria says:

    Can’t wait to try these!

  7. 7

    Oh yum, yum, YUM! Sopapillas are my favorite!!! Yours look great, Jenny!

  8. 8

    Fried amazingness! Love your nail color, btw ;)

  9. 9

    Ohhhhhh. Can I have this for breakfast?

  10. 10
    Stacy says:

    The key is to bite off the end and put the honey on the inside since they are pretty hollow. Makes less of a mess that way. I love sopapillas!!

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    Cassie says:

    Can you sneak a few of these to Miami for me? Totally in love!

  13. 13

    Sopapillas as some of my most favorite treats! I have a hard time finding good ones up here in NJ! Totally going to try these!!

  14. 14

    OMG. These look so dang good Jenny!! the honey!!

  15. 15

    These are sinfully perfect!

  16. 16

    OMG!! There are no words. Love me some sopapillas! P.S. looking forward to seeing you at BlogHer Food!

  17. 17
    Julie says:

    These look delish! What do you do with your oil when you are finished? Do you reuse it? How do you store it?

    Very happy I found your site! Your recipes and pictures are great!

    • 17.1
      Jenny says:

      You can definitely save it and use it again Julie. I usually discard mine only because we don’t fry all that often :) Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  18. 18
    naomi says:

    We love sopapilla here too. Hard not to embrace deep fried dough!

  19. 19

    Marla, it’s been years since I’ve made sopapillas — your post and gorgeous photos have started me craving them now!

  20. 20

    Jenny, excuse me for calling you “Marla.” I had just been thinking about a Marla!

  21. 21

    Oh I want to stuff my face with these! Yummy!

  22. 22

    Ugh, these are absolutely perfect! I’m drooling over here!

  23. 23

    These look amazing, fried dough, butter, honey and powdered sugar I NEED these in my life asap!!

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    Jolene says:

    I love the pics of the fried dough, though I would not call those sopapillas. I’m a native New Mexican and sopapillas, when fried come out like airy pillows. The dough recipe is closer to a tortilla recipe except using milk instead of water. The dough is then rolled out, just like making tortillas then deep fried. You’ll see that when it gets hot and golden the dough puffs up and looks as if it’s going to pop, then you flip it over and fry the other side! Then you’ll have a true sopapilla!!! Soft and golden on the outside, hollow and delicious on the inside;-)

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    Medeja says:

    No doubt these were delicious, but really sinful treats :D

  26. 26

    This is actually the first time I’ve heard about these. I’m very excited to try them!

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    Karen says:

    Oh my….these look like heaven. Thank you for the recipe. I think it is great you can use this dough for either frying or pizza….that is what I am talking about, versatility. Have your cake and eat it too.

  28. 28

    FRIED DOUGH With Butter & sugar! I think you’ve got a winner!!

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    Tracy Jones says:

    Hi There! These look “to-die-for” and I’m so excited to make them! Can you please tell us how to cook the dough as pizza crust? I’m assuming you don’t fry it since it will be too big to fit in the fryer? LOL! Like does it need to be flattened? will it be thick crust? and what temp you recommend baking? Thanks …….and now I’m dreaming of dough ……… :-)

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    Rebecca says:

    This looks soooo delicious!!! I’ve never tried it…but being fried with lots of butter and honey…It has to delicious!!! :)

  31. 31

    Ohh, gorgeous pictures! This looks heavenly delicious! I just can’t wait to try try it! Yum, yum!

  32. 32

    I will be licking my fingers after making these because they are so going on my weekend to-do list. Yum! It was so nice meeting you at Blog Her Food!

  33. 33

    These look wonderful Jenny! I LOVE Sopaiapillas; my grandma makes them. Just got back from a trip to see them and now I am craving those fluffy pillowy bites drizzled with honey. xoxo

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    Claudia says:

    This sounds delicious, but that’s soooo different from the Sopaipillas that we eat in South America!!!… check this recipe

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    Vickie says:

    I would change just one word in your write-up. Change lathered to slathered and all will be made good.
    It’s a homemade dough, fried, then slathered with butter, honey and powdered sugar.

  36. 36
    Charlotte skopinski says:

    What is you do not have a stand mixer?

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    Flee says:

    We have something very similar here in South Africa, but we call it Vetkoek (fatcake). We eat it sweet with sugar and cinnamon, or savory, with mince and cheese stuffed into the cavity. YUMMY! So glad I found your Blog

    Kindest~ Flee
    South Africa

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    Yaya says:

    Have you used this dough instead of crescent roll dough to make sopaipila cheesecake?

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      sheryl says:

      oh! sopapilla CHHESECAKE! I hate cheesecake,but I LOOOOVE SOPAPILLA CHEESECAKE! I make it with the crescent roll dough,and it is SOOOO good!

  39. 39

    Your sopapillas look so so good! I’ll take 10, generously lathered with butter, honey and powdered sugar (the baby needs them!). Your blog does strange things to my pregnancy cravings! ;) Pinning! :)

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    Johana says:

    Hi, can I mix all whit the hands? I dont have a mixer. :(

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