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Sopapillas (soh-pa-PEE-yas) are Mexican pastries shaped like tiny pillows covered with powdered sugar, cinnamon, or honey. Here are two methods of creating this delicious treat.

HOW TO MAKE SOPAPILLAS (the hard way)

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon shortening
1/3 cup warm water
cooking oil
powdered sugar
cinnamon

Directions:
Combine flour and baking powder. Cut in shortening until mixture crumbles. Add warm water gradually. Mixture will still crumble. On a floured surface, knead the mixture for five minutes or until smooth. Cover and let rest for ten minutes. Roll dough into a 12 by 12 square. Cut it into 2 1/2-inch squares. Don't patch the dough. Fry the squares in hot oil for thirty seconds on each side or until golden brown. If you get to 20 minutes and they are not golden brown, cook a little longer. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in 200-degree oven. Sprinkle with sugar. Makes 20.

HOW TO MAKE SOPAPILLAS (the easy way)

Ingredients:
Pillsbury (or other brand) refrigerator dough; crescent shape works well
oil
powdered sugar
cinnamon (optional)
sugar (optional)
honey (optional)

Directions:
Pour some oil in a pot and let it get very hot. Take the refrigerator dough and roll it out thin. The actual shape of the dough is irrelevant. Try to get the pieces about an inch by an inch, but experiment if you'd like.

Place a few of the dough pieces into very hot oil. When light brown, flip them over. In a few seconds, they will be done. Take the pastry puffs out and let them cool slightly on paper towels. Place them on another dish while they're still warm and sprinkle with powdered sugar. (Cinnamon-sugar or honey also works fine.)