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Easy Pilipit (Pinoy Twisted Doughnut) Recipe

If you’re at home and you’re finding a snack to eat, that’s quite easy to make and yet satisfying, you can try the Pilipit (Filipino Twisted Fried Doughnuts)!

This is perfect if you’re avoiding junk food in general or you’re trying to avoid too much salty food. Nothing beats pastry when it comes to that.

So continue to read this recipe article to learn how to make the easiest and best pilipit that will make you drool and crave for more! There is a detailed explanation of how to make it and you will also learn some trivia about the pilipit.

What is Pilipit?

Pilipit (sometimes interchanged with Shakoy or Bich0-Bicho) is a well-known type of pastry or doughnut here in the Philippines. It is basically a pastry which is shaped into a rope-like structure and is then coated with either sugar or syrup, and it is traditionally made with either regular flour or rice flour.

These two versions have some differences when it comes to the texture. The rice variant tends to be soft and sticky while the flour is the crunchier version. The good thing about the flour can be stored for longer.

The word pilipit came from the Tagalog word which means “twisted,” as you can see from its shape. There are also other Tagalog names used such as lubid or pisi but they literally mean rope, which can also be considered as a twisted form because of its orientation.

How to Make Pilipit?

When it comes to making pastry, it sure seems intimidating because you might think that you need some kind of experience first before attempting to do one, but don’t worry, as making this pilipit is fun and exciting, and it is not that hard at all.

In fact, you will only need at least five ingredients to make the whole bread, and it is very delicious.

First off when making the pilipit, you need to make the dough. This is done by mixing the ingredients until you form a nice and thick consistency.

Once that’s done, you can wait for a while and let the dough rest for about 20 minutes. This is a good idea because the gluten in the dough relaxes and it will be easier for you to manage the dough.

After that, the next step is to flatten the dough and cut it in half. These two halves will then be made into long strips. This is what you will make into a pilipit. Put the two ends of the long strip and then twist until a rope-like dough is made. 

The last step to be done is to cook all of these bread through frying them. Just cook until they turn golden brown. Remember to dry the excess oil using paper towels, or leave in a wire rack and let it rest.

The only thing left to do is to sprinkle the powdered sugar all over the pilipit breads and you’re done!

Notes on Ingredients


For the final touches of this pilipit bread, this recipe uses powdered sugar, as it is a simple yet tasty choice for the pilipit, but some other recipes use other toppings or sweeteners such as a sweet syrup.

Other people prefer to skip the sprinkling part and choose to have different kinds of dips for the bread, usually sweet ones such as chocolate dips. If you want to test out other flavors for the bread, you’re free to do so.

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Easy Pilipit (Pinoy Twisted Doughnut) Recipe

A pastry/ fried donut which is shaped into a rope-like structure and is then coated with either sugar or syrup.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: donuts
Servings: 10
Calories: 187kcal


  • Cooking Pan


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pc egg, beaten
  • 1 can full cream milk
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar, or granulated sugar
  • 2 cups cooking oil, or as needed


  • In a bowl, add-in the all-purpose flour, and salt.
  • Then add in the egg, and full cream milk. Mix until well-incorporated and a dough is formed.
  • Knead the dough until smooth and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Cut the dough in half. Flatten each dough and then cut in ½ inch strips. Roll the strip until the desired thickness and then put the ends together and twist. Repeat for the rest of the ingredients.
  • Let it rest for another 30 minutes.
  • In a cooking pan, pour-in and heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add-in the bread dough. Cook until golden brown.
  • Transfer to a serving plate or serving tray. Sprinkle powdered sugar on each piece. Serve and enjoy!


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Nutrition Facts
Easy Pilipit (Pinoy Twisted Doughnut) Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 16
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.8g3%
Saturated Fat 0.9g6%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 141mg6%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 19.2g21%
Protein 4.1g8%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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