Yadi Rosales’ Buñuelos Recipe

Around the World in Five Desserts

Food is a big part of culture, and there’s always something special about experiencing another person’s homeland or heritage through their cooking. Here, we’ve asked five local women to share a part of their culture with us through their favorite dessert recipes. Nothing brings people together quite like sharing a sweet treat!

Photography by Rich Smith


Bunuelos dessert on a platter


Course Dessert
Cuisine Hispanic
Servings 16


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • Mix ½ cup sugar with ground cinnamon and set aside.
  • Pour the flour, remaining sugar, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add egg and shortening and mix well.
  • Add warm water a little at a time and mix until dough no longer sticks to your hands.
  • Transfer dough to a clean working surface and knead for 8-10
Keyword bunuelos recipe, christmas dessert, christmas dessert recipe, pastry, spanish dessert
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“This dessert is often made as a special treat during Christmas. This is my mother-in-law’s recipe and is my favorite dessert. She normally makes it for Christmas, but ever since we moved to Chattanooga, we no longer spend Christmas in Texas. Now, she makes it for us when she comes to visit in November, and it just makes us feel so loved. I hope to keep this tradition and pass it on to my daughters and their families.”

-Yadi Rosales

Yadi Rosales poses with her Bunuelos pastry

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