Step by step instructions and a no-fail easy churro recipe with tips on 6 ways to make a signature churro for your party or to serve to your family & friends. Wow the crowd with amazing churros!
In case you’ve never had a Churro, let us tell you what they are: a sweet snack made from a strip of fried dough, dusted with sugar and cinnamon. They originate from Spain and Mexico.
And now let us tell you that a churro needs to be on your bucket list of foods to try before you die.
You can get one at Disneyland (they have 10 flavors), but we have an easy Churro recipe to try at home if that’s more convenient.
Churros are a great hand-held dessert when put in parchment paper cones – the perfect Game Day dessert!
And don’t forget the dipping sauce. Churro con Chocolate is a classic, but this is where you can get creative. You can make your own or try different dips.
In a hurry to enjoy your cinnamon sweetness? Microwave a couple tablespoons of Nutella at 3 second intervals until it’s the right consistency. Or use chocolate or caramel sundae sauce.
Do I have to have a deep fryer to make Churros?
No. In fact, it’s easier to make them in skillet or sauce pan in about 2″ of canola or avocado oil. The tough part is making them straight, but we tell you how next.
Tools that will make it easier to fry your Churro.
If you already have one of these, great. If not, choose one you’ll you use again for cooking something else. (My fav is the spider. It’s easier to use and makes you feel professional!) All are a click away on Amazon and available at your local dollar store.
First, tips to making your Churro turn out perfectly:
- make sure you let the dough sit for 5 -7 minutes to cool before adding the eggs or they will scramble if it’s too hot
- don’t use butter, shortening or olive oil to fry your Churro – they have a low smoking point which means the oil breaks down under the heat and smokes
- you want to have about 2″ oil in your pan with enough room to the rim to safely allow bubbling
- practice by making Churro bites – a 1″ strip of dough – for the first few in the pan until you get the hang of squeezing the dough from the pastry bag while laying them in the hot oil
- don’t let the tip of the pastry bag touch the hot oil or it will cook inside & you’ll have to dig it out
- cut the dough with kitchen scissors – much easier than just stopping the flow of dough and gives you the nice flat edge
- make sure the dough is still hot when you toss it with the cinnamon-sugar coating
Now, the Classic Churro Recipe
- 1 c water
- 1/2 c unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 2 tsp C&H Golden Brown Sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 c flour
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 c canola oil or avocado oil, for frying
- 1 c C&H Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon, divided
- pastry bag with large star tip
- kitchen scissors
- In medium saucepan over high heat, combine water, butter, brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and salt; bring to a rolling boil.
- Reduce to low heat and add flour. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix vigorously until mixture forms into a ball of dough. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.
- While stirring, gradually add eggs into dough. Mix well until it is smooth and dough pulls away from the pan. It will be thick and heavy like cookie dough. Let cool to room temperature.
- Heat 2" oil in a skillet or 1 quart saucepan over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F. While it is heating, spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with large star tip.
- Mix granulated sugar and remaining cinnamon in a bowl large enough to accomodate length of churros; set aside. Prepare a plate with paper towels to drain oil from churros before coating with sugar/cinnamon mixture.
- Squeeze churro dough into strips into hot oil. Fry 5-6 churros in batches until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
- When ready, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels with tongs, a slotted spoon or a spider strainer. Let drain for 1 minute.
- Toss still-warm churros in the sugar-cinnamon mix.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 45 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g
We provide nutritional information but these figures should be considered estimates as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
The secret to making your Churro straight like the restaurant’s – or a special shape for a party.
- are making Churros with children
- are having difficulty making them as straight as the commercial ones
- are afraid of burning yourself while wrestling with pastry bags
- want nice, flat ends
- want to make shaped churros for a party
we recommend that you freeze churro dough before frying.
How to freeze churro dough for perfectly straight churros (or shapes):
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a pastry bag with large star tip, pipe dough in a line (or shape) onto the paper. Cut with kitchen scissors to make a flat end. (Need to be short enough to fit in your skillet, saucepan or deep fryer.)
- Use a bread knife to coax dough into a straight line or the shape you desire, if necessary.
- Freeze dough on baking sheet for 30 minutes.
- Lower frozen dough into 3″ of heated canola or avocado oil. (Adults only, please.)
- Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip with slotted spoon, tongs or spider strainer. Cook other side.
This is the best way to make your Churros in different shapes like a heart shape for Valentines Day or a shamrock outline for St Patricks Day.
6 Ways to make a signature churro or themed churro for your party or holiday gathering.
After you’ve mastered the classic churro recipe, it’s time to consider creating a signature churro to serve to family & friends. One that reflects you, your creativity & your tastes.
You can also create a signature churro that compliments your party theme or holiday celebration.
1. By size
If you’re having an appetizer party, Mini Two-Bite Churros are the perfect dessert option.
If you love popping them in your mouth instead of holding them, small is a great choice.
If you want a carry-around dessert for Game Day, a short popcorn box or paper cone of tiny Churros makes it easy to eat & cheer at the same time.
You can make ultra-long churros, but the length is governed by the width of your skillet, pot or deep fryer. Another way to serve longer churros is by folding them in the middle to form a loop.
(Also a great way to form a flower for summer feasting with little loops and the dip in the center.)
2. By filling
Another way to create a signature Churro recipe is to stuff it. Choose a filling that reflects your tastes or personality like chocolate or dulce de leche, or one that matches the season such as Pumpkin Spice.
How to Fill A Churro
- First use a wooden skewer to create a cavity through the center of the churro.
- Then spoon filling into a piping bag with a cream icing tip
- Now gently squeeze filling into churro, allowing a little bit to be seen at the ends
- Depending on how long your churro is, you may need to insert the tip into each end
3. By Flavor
Another way to create a masterpiece Churro is by flavoring the dough. Make them for breakfast with the French Toast Churro above. Flavor them by the season like pumpkin spice for fall or by holiday like gingerbread for Christmas. Of course, chocolate is a perennial favorite!
4. By Shape
It’s fun to make the shape of your Churro match the season or your party theme.
You can make a heart for Valentine’s Day, a shamrock for St Patrick’s Day, a star for Christmas.
The best way to make churro shapes is by creating them on parchment and freezing them before frying as above.
5. By Toppings
You can make churros match your party theme by using decorating sugar or sprinkles in a matching color.
You can sprinkle with holiday or theme shaped sprinkles.
You can sprinkle with Joe’s Tasty Travels S’mores Mix to create a S’mores Churro.
Use your imagination!
6. By Dipping Sauce
Once you’ve mastered the classic Churro con Chocolate recipe, you can branch out and try different dipping sauces like this avocado sauce. Once you find one you love, serve it to your crew to see if they like it too.
Churros can be more than a snack – they can be a dessert, too.
Classic Cinnamon Churros recipe courtesy of C&H Sugar.
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