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Pumpkin Churros

These Pumpkin Churros are crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside. Pumpkin puree is combined with a choux-like dough, piped and fried and then rolled in sugar and pumpkin pie spice. 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Latin America, Mexican, Spanish
Keyword: Churros, how to make churros, pumpkin churros
Servings: 6
Calories: 300kcal
Cost: $8

Ingredients

Pumpkin Churros:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 quart oil for frying (peanut or vegetable oil)

Pumpkin Sugar Mixture:

  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch kosher salt

Instructions

To Make the Pumpkin Churros:

  • In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add the water and butter. When the butter is melted, mix in the pumpkin and salt.
  • When completely combined, add in the flour and mix until it begins to form a ball and pulls away from the pan. Stir until it’s completely cohesive—it’ll be sticky, not to worry. This should take about 30 seconds. Immediately transfer to a bowl or the bowl of a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment. (You could also do this in a large bowl using a strong spatula or wooden spoon.)
  • Give it a mix just to release some of the steam. Allow to stand to cool for about 10 minutes. Add one egg at a time, along with the vanilla, mixing the dough each time before adding the following egg.
  • Mix until very smooth. Transfer to a piping bag with a star-tip attached.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the sugar and pumpkin pie spice and pinch of salt. This is for the pumpkin churros when they come out of the oil.

To Fry up the Churros:

  • Bring a quart of oil to 350 degrees F. When the oil hits 350F, bring down the heat to medium-low. This will help keep the temperature steady. Pipe the churros into the hot oil, using a pair of clean kitchen scissors to snip off the end of the churro.
  • Cook on the first side for about 1 minute and then flip it and cook for an additional minute. Transfer to a bed of paper towels to drain. Then immediately transfer to the sugar mixture, being sure it’s evenly coated. Repeat with the remaining churro batter.

Notes

Tips and Tricks:
  • I like a drier pumpkin puree for this. If your pumpkin puree is super wet, blot it dry using paper towels. I know this sounds weird but it shouldn't have any residual water releasing from it.
  • I like to use piping bags and a large star tip. This is not required, but I find it neater.
  • Find a helper. When you pipe them into the hot oil, it helps to have another person on hand to help with doing the scissor part.
Equipment: 
Le Creuset Dutch Oven | KitchenAid Stand-Up Mixer | Stainless Steel Bowls | Silicon Spatula | Kitchen Towels | Piping Bags | Piping Tip Kit

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3650IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg