Cajun Sweet Dough


Down in Louisiana, this dough is used to make what we call "Cajun sweet dough". The traditional filling is fig and it is made into turnovers, but it can also be used as pie crust, although it is not as flaky. It is supreme as turnover dough, for any kind of filling.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
30 turnovers


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 ⅓ cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 (12.5 ounce) can cherry pie filling

  • 1 egg white (for egg wash)


  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. Beat butter in a separate bowl, then add sugar a little at a time. Add vanilla and beat mixture until it is nice and fluffy. Beat in egg. Stir in flour mixture alternately with milk.

  3. Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

  4. To make turnovers: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 3-inch squares. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of pie filling into the center of each square and fold over to form a triangle. Pinch seams to seal or press with the tines of a fork. Place at least 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Brush with egg white.

  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown on the top and bottom.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

163 Calories
5g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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