Churros

Desserts

These Churros are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. They’re fried and then immediately rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Churros are made from a super easy choux pastry that when piped into hot oil, turns into something magical and delicious.

Churros on a plate

If you’ve lived a delicious life, then I’m sure you’ve been blessed to have eaten churros at Disneyland. If not, I feel badly for you. Truly. There’s nothing better than walking down Main St. with a churro in your hand trying to figure out the next ride to go on. What a delight!

The other place I’ve eaten a purely sublime churro is in Mexico City at El Moro. They are gigantic and delicious. And super crispy and fluffy at the same time. And of course, they serve them with melted chocolate. I could eat so many.

ingredients

Churro-making is reserved for those special occasions because they require a bit of hot oil. And no, no one should be baking churros. NO ONE.

ingredient shot

churros frying

How to Make Churros:

  1. Bring to a boil. Mix the butter, water, vanilla and salt in a saucepan and wait for the butter to melt. Once the butter has melted, bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Add the flour. All at once, just add the full amount. Stir until the dough forms into a ball then continue to cook for a minute or two, until there’s a thin film on the bottom of the saucepan.
  3. Let it cool. Remove the pan from the heat and let the dough cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs. One at a time. I use a stand mixer for this because it’s an extreme arm workout but you want to make sure each egg is full incorporated before you add the second one.
  5. Heat up the oil. While the dough rests, heat the oil to 325ºF
  6. Transfer the dough. While the oil heats up, transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a star tip. A Wilton 1M is perfect for this.
  7. Pipe out the churros. Once the oil has reached the right temperature, pipe the churros into the hot oil, using a sharp knife or pair of scissors to snip the dough.
  8. Fry them up! Once you’ve piped the churros into the oil, fry until golden brown then carefully flip and fry on the second side until it’s golden brown as well.
  9. Transfer to a plate. Once the churros have fried, transfer them to a paper towel lined plate to soak up some of the leftover oil.
  10. Roll them! Once you’ve got a plateful, sprinkle them and roll them in the sugar and cinnamon. SO GOOD. DIVINE.

churros being rolled in cinnamon sugar

Tips and Tricks:

  • The chocolate ganache is very important, make sure you serve it with the churros. The combo of a crispy churro and chocolate is A+.
  • If it solidifies or hardens slightly, you can nuke it for 10 seconds in the microwave OR you can set it over a pan of simmering water.
  • This recipe is great halved. In case you’re looking for less churros.

churros overhead on plate

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Churros on a plate

Churros

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5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serving Size: 24 churros
Calories: 380kcal
Churros are delicious and fluffy with the perfect crispy exterior. These are delicious when dipped in melted ganache.

Ingredients

Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Churros:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

For Frying:

  • 1 quart vegetable oil, (or other frying oil of choice)

Directions

  • To Make Cinnamon Sugar:
  • In a baking dish, mix together the sugar and cinnamon and set it aside.
  • To Make the Ganache:
  • Combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and stir until melted. If you don’t own a microwave (I just got one), you can heat the two together in a double-boiler (or a bowl nestled in a saucepan filled with a few inches of water) and stir until melted. Set aside.
  • To Make the Churros:
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water, butter, vanilla and salt to a gentle simmer. Stir in the flour all at once. Reduce the heat to low and stir, using a wooden spoon, vigorously until the mixture forms a ball and begins to pull away from the pan, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Let the batter sit for 5 minutes to cool.
  • When it’s warm (not hot) to the touch, add one egg at a time. Keep stirring until the mixture comes together and is smooth. It might seem squishy for a while, keep going! Note: You can also do this in an electric stand-up mixer with a paddle attachment–it’ll go faster.
  • In a cast iron skillet, add 4 inches of oil and place over medium-high heat. When the oil reaches 335 degrees F, it’s ready. You may need to bring the heat down to medium-low to keep it around 325 degrees F to 335 degree range.
  • Spoon the churro dough into a piping bag fitted with a large star-tip. Have sterilized scissors on hand. Hold the bag over the hot oil, squeeze a strip of dough that’s about 4 inches long or you can do like I did which was more of a horse shoe shape (see tip below on keeping its shape) and then snip it with the scissors and let it drop into the oil. (This works great with two people.)
  • Repeat with the second churro. I fit around 2 to 3 churros in the pan. Fry on each side for about 1 minute and then flip and fry on the opposite side for an additional minute. Drain on paper towels and repeat until you’ve worked your way through the dough. Transfer the churros to the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Serve with warm ganache.

Notes

Tips and Tricks:
To make the horseshoe shaped churros, squeeze the churro dough into the hot oil, twisting it around to make a horseshoe type shape. Snip the dough with the scissors. You’ll notice that the dough will want to stray away from the other, using your tongs hold the dough in place for about 30 seconds and then release—it’ll hold its shape!
Equipment:
Large Dutch Oven | Piping Bags | Piping Tips
CourseDessert
CuisineMexican
KeywordChurros, how to make churros
Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Eleanor March 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    O..My…GODDESS!!! I’ve never had a churro but now I want a plateful of them!
    You have an artist’s eye for presentation (to add to your talents). Makes everything look even more delicious.
    Enjoy Mexico!

  • Reply Sarah // The Sugar Hit March 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Into it! Matcha is the business.

  • Reply CJ March 2, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Yum!! What’s your favorite churro place in LA, btw?

  • Reply Monica March 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Mexico City is the best. My people know how to eat.
    PS stayed in quite a lovely hotel if you need any recommendations 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Oh yes please! That would be awesome.

      • Reply Monica March 2, 2016 at 8:53 pm

        Hotel Villa Condesa in la Condesa (obvs) was so pretty and in a great neighborhood. Word of warning though: the old hardwood floors are LOUD. Try to stay on the 2nd floor so you get a balcony 🙂 The included breakfast is pretty damn delicious. And the sopa azteca they have at the hotel restaurant is the bomb (please try and replicate it if you do stay here).
        Some pics if you wanna see:
        https://www.instagram.com/p/8gAASZNObh/

  • Reply Valeria March 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I am from Mexico and I am so excited that you are visiting Mexico!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I love churros, but I can’t get good ones here in Alabama 🙁 I really want to do this recipe asap!! Mexico City is amazing! I hope you do a little blog post about your trip and some Mexican trip inspired recipes!! 🙂 I miss my Mexico 🙁

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 2, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Awww yay! I will. I’ll only be in Mexico City for a few days but I’m so excited. I hear it’s amazing. I’ll be in Cabo for the wedding, which I’m excited to visit too.

  • Reply Eden Passante March 2, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Yes to all of this! These look so amazing!

  • Reply Heather March 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Ahh I was just in Mexico and had the most amazing churros from a little street vendor. I’m going to dream about them until we go back. I don’t know if anything can measure up to those, but these look pretty beautiful!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

      thanks, heather! and i totally understand. it’s hard to beat fresh out of the fryer in mexico type of churros.

  • Reply Michelle || Hummingbird High March 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    duuuuddeee. i saw these on your insta a few days ago and have been waiting for them since. amazing.

  • Reply mary-clay | the open oven March 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    ah! these are gorgeous. I haven’t worked much with matcha, but maybe this would be something good to start off with. I mean, what’s not better with a dusting of powdered sugar?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 2, 2016 at 10:52 am

      you can put the powdered sugar matcha combo on anything: french toast, pancakes, doughtnuts, a cake, etc.

  • Reply Terry March 2, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Yum! We just got back last week from Cancun, Mexico and YES we went right up to the street vendor and bought two bags of delicious hot churros, dipped in cinnamon sugar. Can’t wait to go back next year.

  • Reply Jessica March 2, 2016 at 9:47 am

    What kind of matcha do you use? I’ve been wanting to purchase some but feel a bit lost as to which is best.

  • Reply Arthur in the Garden! March 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Yummy!

  • Reply Mollie March 2, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Wow, even just the way those are twisted looks unbelievably gorgeous! You always inspire me to be more creative in my cooking & baking! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Mollie
    http://www.molliebellezza.com

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect March 2, 2016 at 4:02 am

    These look so amazing and the matcha icing sugar looks wonderful! I love churros so, so much.

  • Reply Tori March 2, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Omg, YES! These are calling to me like crazy! They look amazing!

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