Cinnamon Sugar Churros

Keeping with the Mexican theme going on here, I’ve decided to share with you one of my proudest recent accomplishments: CHURROS! I conquered my fear of frying in hot oil, and feel quite silly for not trying this sooner. Sure it was slightly terrifying at times, but with Ryan’s help and just a little screaming, we made it out with no injuries and with some really freakin’ delicious churros.

Ryan doesn’t crave sweet things quite like I do, but he practically begged me the entire summer to make churros. Last week we decided to have some friends over for taco night, and I chose this as the perfect opportunity to finally appease the boyfriend. Plus with our guests there, I was sure to have enough moral support to make it through the hot oil adventure. I made the dough ahead of time (which came together super easily), scooped it into a piping bag with a large star tip, and stored it in the fridge until we were ready for dessert. Then as we were finishing our tacos and margs, I took out the bag to thaw a little, heated the oil, and went for it! My friends were so impressed with the dessert (as was I!) and it made a perfect and somewhat dramatic ending to our Mexican fiesta.

I know a lot of people that are scared to use hot oil, like I was, but please, please, give this a try! Although I must admit, there is one downside to conquering hot oil — the endless possibility of fried doughnut recipes. Next up for sure will be to reinvent my baked apple cider donut holes (another favorite of Ryan’s) into a fried version. Bikini season’s over anyway, right?

Cinnamon Sugar Churros
Adapted from Cooking Mexican

1 cup water
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

– In a small dish, mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Set aside
– In a 3-quart saucepan, bring the water, brown sugar, salt, and butter to a good boil. Remove from the heat and add the flour all at once. Mix until well blended, this might take some muscle!
– In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and vanilla together, then add to the flour mixture. Stir until well blended.
– Fit a piping bag with a large star tip, and scoop the dough into the bag
– Preheat 1-1/2 inches of vegetable oil in a 10-12″ frying pan to 375 degrees F. Make sure it’s hot enough or else you’ll end up with soggy churros, but it’s also important that the the oil doesn’t get too cool or the outsides will get too crisp before the insides fully cook.
– Once the oil is hot enough, squeeze some dough into the oil (about 4 inches long) and use a scissor to release the dough from the tip. It’s helpful to have a boyfriend/helper for this part
– Cook 4 churros at a time, for about 1 minute on each side, or until they’re golden brown in color.
– Use a slotted spoon to remove the churros from the oil, and place immediately on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb the excess oil
– While still warm, roll each churro into cinnamon sugar mixture until well coated (This is another job for another friend if you have one handy)
– Serve immediately to hungry friends! You can serve these with some melted chocolate sauce if you wish, but we played it safe and simple this time around

Recipes yields about 20 churros

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21 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Churros”

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    coolkids — September 21, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    mmmm love churros!

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    The Daily Smash — September 21, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

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    Abby — September 22, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    They look perfect! The only place I ever see them around here is at Costco (of all places. Do all Costcos sell them?)

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    Joanne — September 22, 2010 @ 12:58 am

    Haha bikini season is DEFINITELY over and so I plan on spending this winter eating these with reckless abandon. I’m so glad you survived the hot oil – a total fear of mine!

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    hannah {thepastrykook} — September 23, 2010 @ 2:29 am

    mmm i havent had a churro since forever! must. satisfy. craving. NOW.

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    Kasey — September 23, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    I love churros! But, I’ve always been a little afraid of oil (both because I feel like it’s slightly dangerous for a clumsy cook like myself and because I’m sort of averse to eating fried foods at home). You’re selling me here!

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    Joudie's Mood Food — September 23, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    I have never made this before or even tried it. i am goign to make it now, YUMM!

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    Lisa — September 25, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    I love churros. They always remind me of the first one I ate at Disneyland. Yours look so sugary and delicious.

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    Ashley — September 28, 2010 @ 1:00 am

    i love churros i want those nowwww

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    Jan — March 3, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    I tripled this recipe and used my large piping bag tip and I only got about 20 churros. I think your yield is off.

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    Anonymous — June 16, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmm…..I’ve never had these before, however I do lllooooovvvveeee cinnamon so I think these will be a huge hit. Thinking I may just make them tonight for dessert & I’m listing your website in my favorties! Againg thanx for the recipie, Erika. ; )

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    Anonymous — October 16, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    havent had churros for ages but ive finnaly found somewhere that can show me how to make them so i dont have to pay WOOOOOOOHHHHHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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    Claire — December 10, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    I just tried this recipe and ended up making funnel cakes instead! They turned out deliciously although I almost burned my hand off and kept setting off the fire alarm in my apartment. My boyfriend has yet to try them but I’m sure he’ll love them too! I had extra dough so I froze it for later use! Thank you for the fun recipe! :-) your blog is one of my favorites!

    <3 Claire

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    Anonymous — December 13, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    “It’s helpful to have a boyfriend/helper for this part”

    A boyfriend?!!!!! What about a girlfriend? Why boyfriend? Wow.

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    Anonymous — January 13, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Um…she said boyfriend/helper. Simmer down.

    • Anonymous — June 13th, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

      I agree. There is always someone who has to make a stink about something…..

    • Anonymous — July 7th, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

      Then why not just say “helper”? Not everyone even has a significant other, let alone a boyfriend.

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    Eli aka NC — April 8, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    Using a star-shaped piping tip they’ll come out much better and crispier on the outside. That’s how they’re made in Spain, which in fact is the country where churros come from, not Mexico, although they’ve inherited the Spanish tradition ;-)

    • rita jc — April 12th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

      Thanks, Eli! Yes, it’s a traditional Spanish recipe. :)

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    RecipeNewZ — July 17, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    I love churros, and I love the fact that these are baked. They still look so crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s a must try! pinned

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    Lindsey — February 13, 2013 @ 5:46 am

    I tried this recipe tonight and mine did not turn out at all like that. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but my dough was very sticky even after adding a little extra flour. But because it was so sticky it was unmanageable. I hope it works out for others though!

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