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Churros – Spend With Pennies

Homemade Churros are a classic favorite dessert!

This churro recipe is made with simple, pantry-staple ingredients, fried to golden perfection and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

plated Homemade Churros

Ingredients for Churros

Churros are a sweet treat typically made from piped dough, fried until golden, then tossed in cinnamon sugar.

  • Butter: Use unsalted butter for the best results. If using salted, skip the salt in the recipe.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar adds sweetness.
  • Vanilla: Flavors the dough.
  • All-purpose flour: The base to this recipe is all-purpose flour. Other types of flour have not been tested in this recipe.
  • Egg: Eggs bind the ingredients together and add moisture. For even mixing, ensure the egg is at room temperature.
  • Cinnamon Sugar: This is the coating these churros are rolled in adding a sweet finish with a hint of spice.

Oil for Deep Frying

For frying, use vegetable oil, canola oil, or corn oil (or peanut oil) as they have high smoke points and a neutral flavor.

How to Make Churros

  1. Prepare the dough: Boil water, butter, and sugar. Stir in the flour and egg to form a dough per the recipe below.
  2. Fry: Pipe 3 to 4-inch lines of dough into hot oil and fry for about 90 seconds per side.
  3. Roll in sugar: Roll the warm churros in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

This churro recipe is perfect for enjoying by itself, but I love to add a dipping sauce like chocolate sauce or salted caramel sauce.

Churros being dipped in sugar

Tips for Frying Churros

  • For the best churros, ensure the oil is between 360-365°F using a thermometer. Lower temperature makes them soggy, while higher temperatures result in burnt outsides and raw insides.
  • Monitor the oil temperature while frying. Fry 2-3 churros at a time to prevent a significant temperature drop and avoid soggy churros. Allow the oil to return to the proper frying temperature between batches.
  • Maintain consistent medium heat for frying. Start heating the oil before making the dough to reach the right temperature. Avoid rapidly increasing the heat between batches to prevent burnt and raw inside churros.
Churros in a pan with parchment paper

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Churros

Homemade Churros are a classic and deliciously irresistible treat!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

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  • Fill a large pan with 2-inches of oil. Heat over medium heat to 360-365°F.

  • Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, combine water, butter, sugar, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until the butter is melted and the mixture comes to a boil.

  • Carefully add the vanilla extract and flour and reduce the heat to low. Stir until mixture a ball forms. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Once slightly cooled, mix in the egg. The mixture will be slightly thicker than mashed potatoes.

  • Transfer dough to a sturdy piping bag fitted with a large star tip (such as Wilton 8).
  • Once oil has reached 360-365°F, carefully pipe a 3 to 4-inch line of the dough into your oil (keep the tip close to the oil to prevent splashing and use a knife or kitchen shears to snip the dough from the tip).

  • Fry 2-3 churros at a time for about 90 seconds. Use tongs to flip them over and cook for an additional 90 seconds until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate once cooked and cool for one minute.

  • Combine sugar and cinnamon for topping in a shallow bowl. Roll the warm churro in the sugar mixture. Enjoy warm.

The dough will be very thick when mixing in the egg, use a wooden spoon. 
You will need a sturdy pastry bag and a large star tip (I used a Wilton 8) to pipe your churros.
Make sure that the temperature returns to 360-365°F before frying subsequent batches of churros.

Serving: 1churro | Calories: 98 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
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Homemade Churros with cinnamon sugar and writing
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