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Sweet Filipino Pilipit

Sweet Filipino Pilipit

Crispy, fried dough twists are coated with glaze and are so simple, but perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

Sweet Filipino Pilipit

I am sure this is not just a Filipino delicacy as I had tried this from some my South African friends who brought it for some pot luck snacks, they call it Twisted Sisters, back home this is called Pilipit, Pinisi, Linubid or Siakoy but regardless of how it’s called they are almost all similar.

Pilipit is a deep fried twisted pastry which is coated with sugar or syrup, it can be made with either regular flour or rice flour. Two versions differ heavily on texture as the rice variant tends to be soft and sticky while the flour usually is crunchy but can be stored longer. Pilipit name came from the same Tagalog word which means twisted as you can see from its shape. Other names like the Pinisi or Linubid means different as they came from the root word “lubid” or “pisi” which means rope, I guess you can see why that is the case as well.

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Today I am posting the flour version which my wife prepared earlier for our afternoon tea, it’s a really simple snack that packs a lot of energy, perfect for a quick snack or for the kids who plays all day long.

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Sweet Filipino Pilipit

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  • Author: Ang Sarap


Crispy, fried dough twists are coated with glaze and are so simple, but perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • oil

Simple Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup water


  1. In a bowl sift together flour and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl combine evaporated milk and egg
  3. Gently pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, mix then knead until dough is smooth. Form into a round dough then place it back into the bowl. Cover bowl with damp cloth then let it rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove your dough from the bowl, cut dough equally in half. Flatten one of the dough into 8 inch width then cut into ½ inch strips, roll this strip to further slim it down to desired size. Bring end together then twist. Place twisted dough in a floured flat surface. Repeat the whole process with the remaining dough. Let it rest for 20-30 more minutes.
  5. Prepare a deep fryer or wok filled with oil, Heat oil to 180C then deep fry prepared dough until golden brown.
  6. Set it aside and let it drain to remove excess oil.
  7. Prepare the glaze by combining sugar and water in a small saucepan, cook in medium heat until sugar has totally melted.
  8. Dip fried pastry into the glaze then let it dry by placing it on a wire rack.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Filipino


View Comments (4)
  • Thank you for this recipe. I’d love to try making this. My family is also living here in New Zealand temporarily. It is not easy finding Filipino dessert here. Nakaka-miss ang mga ganitong pagkain.

  • Hi tried this recipe and it turned out good..I plan to venture into making it into business but I need to know how to mqintain its crunchiness.what can I do so that it will maintain its cruchiness?Thanks amd hope to hear from you soonest.

  • It’s late now but tomorrow I will make this. I hope it’s crispy through and through. It is called pinisi here in Cebu when I was a child. I don’t understand how it came to be known as siakoy/shakoy. Shakoy is totally different from pinisi. Shakoy is soft like a donut or bread while pinisi is crunchy, inside and out. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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