Churros

These churros are a Mexican dessert made with fried dough that is dusted with cinnamon sugar. Served with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a cup of hot chocolate, they are simply irresistible.

A plate of churros with a cup of hot chocolate in the background

These churros are lighter than most versions of the popular dunking sticks yet retain that classic cinnamon sugar coating, that distinct crunch of the golden crust, and that soft, almost creamy crumb. They’re arguably at their best when dipped in caramel or a piping hot mug of hot chocolate, although for the purists among us who prefer to take their doughnuts straight-up without all that extra nonsense, they’re frankly quite fabulous on their own, too. And we’re willing to bet that you already have everything you need to make these doughnut-like dippers in your pantry.–Jenny Howard

What Exactly Is a Churro?

“If you like less dough and more crunch, these are the doughnuts for you!” explains author Jonas Cramby. “This traditional Spanish pastry has been adopted by the Mexicans, who mainly eat it for breakfast with a cup of hot homemade chocolate or café de olla. If you want to turn up the decadence a few notches, you can serve it as a dessert with homemade hot chocolate or goat’s milk caramel sauce.”

Churros

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 40 M
  • Make about 15

Special Equipment: Piping bag fitted with 1/4-inch (6-mm) star-shaped tip or a resealable plastic bag with one corner snipped off

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Ingredients

  • For the churros
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Mild vegetable oil, for frying
  • To serve (optional)
  • Store-bought or homemade caramel sauce or hot chocolate

Directions

  • 1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, butter, salt, and 1 tablespoon sugar and bring to a boil.
  • 2. Add the flour to the pan all at once and cook, stirring vigorously, until stiff but smooth, about 4 minutes. (Enjoy the biceps workout while you’re at it!) Transfer the dough to a bowl and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
  • 3. Whisk in the egg until the dough is very smooth.
  • 4. Fill the prepared piping bag or resealable plastic bag with the dough. The 1/4-inch [6-mm] star-shaped tip may look too small, but trust us, the dough will swell when it fries and the star-shape will leave nice ridges on your churros. (You can refrigerate the dough in the piping bag overnight if you like. Bring the chilled dough to room temperature before using so that it will squeeze more easily.)
  • 5. Mix the cinnamon and 3 tablespoons sugar on a large plate.
  • 6. In a large, heavy saucepan, pour enough oil to reach a depth of at least 2 inches (5 cm). Place the saucepan over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 350°F (180°C) on an instant-read thermometer. The oil is ready when a small drop of dough sizzles and falls to the bottom of the saucepan only to immediately rise to the top again.
  • 7. Working carefully, hold the piping bag over the hot oil, squeeze out a few 6-inch (15-cm) lengths of churros dough, cut it off with clean scissors, and fry, turning once, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Don’t overcook or the churros will lose the creamy interior that makes them so irresistible. (This particular churros recipe is designed to have more crunch and less cake-like interior.) Fry the churros in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Use tongs to transfer the fried churros to paper towels or a brown paper bag to drain briefly.
  • 8. Toss the warm churros in the cinnamon sugar while still hot and turn to completely coat them. Serve immediately, with warm caramel sauce or hot chocolate for dipping, if desired.

Recipe Testers Reviews

Churros may not be the best recipe to test the day before making the visit to the doctor with the evil scale but the combination of cinnamon, sugar and fried dough did give me something more pleasant to concentrate on.

The recipe was easy and produced a nice crispy fried treat that went well with my morning coffee. There was, however, little difference between this recipe and numerous others on the internet. Still, it’s a relatively quick production made with items already on hand and suitable for those mornings or afternoon tea times when you either forgot or never knew you had guests coming. As such, it earns a place in my recipe file.

For me this recipe made 12 churros, which produced 4 servings. We did not dip, simply enjoyed the churros with cinnamon sugar.

These churros were a wonderful little treat that were super easy to put together with basic pantry staples with the added bonus of a bicep workout in the process!

A good churro isn't always easy to find. Oftentimes they’re overcooked and taste oily and heavy. I never realized how easy they are to make at home with a much better result than many restaurant versions. The final result was crisp and golden brown on the outside while being soft and almost creamy in the center. The dough, once fried, had a pretty neutral flavor but the cinnamon sugar added just the right amount of sweetness.

It took about 4 minutes (and some arm strength!) for the batter to smooth out all the lumps of flour.

I served the churros just with cinnamon-sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Comments

    1. Debbie, we have not. We test all our recipes before putting them on the site to ensure they’re as magnificent as possible and deserving of your time, ingredients, effort, and expectations, and so we don’t want to promise this will work without having tried it ourselves, although I’m guessing if you use your fave gluten-free flour blend it should work fine giving how closely most blends lately mimic all-purpose flour. And these are so skinny, unlike, say, a loaf of bread which tends to have a drier crumb from the lack of gluten, that I think it should be perfectly fine. If you try it, kindly let us know! And thanks so much for asking and for your interest. You may also wish to check out our entire array of gluten-free recipes that we HAVE tested and tweaked to perfection.

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