Sopapillas with Spiced Honey

This Mexican dessert makes a delicious end to any meal. It's not completely sweet, either—a dash of red pepper in the honey gives it some kick.

Sopapillas with Spiced Honey wrapped in parchment paper
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Fry Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
54 mins
18 squares or 36 triangles


  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoon lard or vegetable shortening

  • 1 - 1 ¼ cup milk or water

  • ½ cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper or ground cinnamon

  • Peanut or vegetable oil for deep-fat frying


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in lard until pea-size.

  2. Add 1 cup milk to the flour mixture. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. If dough feels dry, add more milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time, to form a soft, pliable dough.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough just until smooth and no longer sticky. Form dough into a ball; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 to 60 minutes or until easy to handle.

  4. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one dough portion to a 9-inch square. Cut dough into 3-inch squares or triangles. Repeat with remaining dough. In a small bowl combine honey and crushed red pepper.

  5. Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan or deep-fat fryer heat oil to 375°F. Using a slotted spoon, add a few of the dough pieces to the hot oil. As they rise to the surface (after about 2 minutes), turn and fry 2 minutes more. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep fried sopapillas warm in a 200°F oven. Drizzle with honey mixture. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

183 Calories
9g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 177mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 46mg 1%
Folate, total 39mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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