Butternut Squash Dominican Johnnys cake

Butternut Squash Dominican Johnnys cake

What is your favorite holiday snack?

Let’s be honest, everyone (I hope I am not the only one) likes to eat a snack or two before any holiday dinner. I love this Butternut Squash Dominican Johnnys Cake.

The anticipation kills me. I tried not to (but I do) I open the oven multiple times before the chicken, turkey… etc it’s done (It takes courage not to). Therefore I like to have some snacks around.

Dough in a stainless steel dough

Christmas is approaching, and this is a delicious dinner snack.

One of the things I like about this recipe is that you could turn it into empanadas. Fill it with your favorite cheese, veggies or even chicken.

There are a lot of versions of Johnnys Cakes. A Johnnys cake is a cornmeal-based flatbread. However, we have our own version in the Dominican Republic it is called Yaniqueques. Instead of cornmeal, we use all-purpose flour and other ingredients.

Rolled dough

It is very common in the Dominican Republic to see vendors on the streets selling Yaniqueques (Johnnys cake) and empanadas. If you go to Boca Chica beach in Santo Domingo, you could eat Yaniqueques with fried fish, this makes a perfect harmony if you ask me.

As is still pumpkin season (yay!) I added some butternut squash to make it a bit different. Don’t be scared to eat these with ketchup and mayo.

Butternut Squash Johnnys Cakes

I kneaded the dough by hand, but you can use a mixer. Do not combine dry and wet ingredients all at once. Incorporate these ingredients slowly. I used a 2.5 oz stainless steel sauce cup to form the mini cakes after I rolled the dough.  You can get these at Amazon, see link below.


Finally, I love to be a good hostess, and having a few snacks is a must at every dinner party.

I know Thanksgiving is over, but do not forget to check this delicious Perfect Mashed Potatoes recipe.

God Bless you.

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Butternut Squash Dominican Johnnys Cake

November 25, 2018
: Easy

Delicious Holiday Dinner snack. Butternut Squash Dominican Johnnys Cake.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 cup butternut squash diced
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 4 oz canola oil
  • 2 cups canola oil (for frying)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Step 1 Place butternut squash and garlic in a pot with cold water. Cook until butternut squash is tender. Once cooked, mash the butternut squash and garlic. Reserve.
  • Step 2 Place all-purpose flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well by using a spatula. Place the oil, beaten eggs and butternut squash puree.
  • Step 3 Combine all ingredients slowly, until you form a soft dough.
  • Step 4 Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic.
  • Step 5 Split the doug into 4 balls. Flatten by using a rolling pin.
  • Step 6 cut out round disc shapes using the sauce cups.
  • Step 7 Deep fry in canola oil.



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