It’s so easy to whip up some churro dough and make homemade cinnamon and sugar churros. The crispy outside and chewy inside are perfect for creamy melty dipping chocolate and an addicting, delicious any time snack.
There is nothing in this world better than fried dough. Or really…fried anything. All the greats come fried – chicken, potatoes, Oreos…you get me. The fried dough that formulates a churro is SO good and provides the perfect platform to roll in sugar or dip in chocolate (or both!).
What are Churros Made From?
Traditionally, Mexican churros are made with a dough called Choux, which has flour, sugar, and egg.
In this quick and easy recipe, there is no egg unlike classic churro recipes. I like the simplicity of this eggless dough recipe with nearly the same outcome and these golden brown homemade churros are totally delicious.
This recipe makes 10 churros, which is enough to be 2 servings, but if you eat them as we do, I would say it’s a personal-size churro recipe. This is a totally easy recipe for crispy churros with chocolate sauce made out of Nutella.
- white sugar
- vegetable oil
- all-purpose flour
- ground cinnamon (for topping)
How to Pipe Churros
Remember that when you make this dough it needs to be piped into fried as soon as it’s cool enough to handle. Dough that sits can break apart.
How to pipe Churros – The dough can be quite thick to push through a star tip, so simply cut off a pastry bag end or use a thick zip lock baggie corner. The size hole you cut is the thickness of the churro. Some people like thin like “churro fries” and some like them a little thicker, which helps get more of the outside crunch but inside chew.
If you adjust your churro size smaller, just be mindful that it cooks faster, and if you make it too large, the middle won’t cook as fast as the outside.
For the first few churros, you may be adjusting your timing. For the purposes of this recipe, the size of the churros is about a “cheese stick.”
How to make Homemade Churros
- Add water, sugar, salt, and oil into a saucepan.
- Heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
- Bring mixture to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat.
- Stir in all-purpose flour until a dough forms, but do not overmix.
- Let the dough cool for just a few minutes so it’s easier to handle without burning yourself holding the piping bag but still warm.
- Heat vegetable oil in a skillet until hot. (I had about 2″ of oil in my pan) Place sticky dough into a pastry bag and snip the tip so it’s about 1″ in diameter.
- Pipe a 4-5″ strip of dough into hot oil or pipe on a cutting board and use tongs to carefully place it into the hot oil. Either method works.
- Fry 3-5 classic churros for 3-5 minutes until browned on the outside.
- Remove eggless fried churros from a medium saucepan (a slotted spoon works great) and drain excess oil on paper towels.
- Repeat the process until all dough is cooked.
- Use a classic sugar cinnamon coating and coat in cinnamon sugar.
- Serve warm churros with chocolate dip, caramel sauce, or simply enjoy churros in cinnamon sugar.
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
In a shallow bowl, mix granulated sugar and ground cinnamon together and dredge batch of churros into the mixture, coating evenly on all sides.
Chocolate Dipping Sauce for Churros
Chocolate frosting or chocolate hazelnut spread to make the chocolate sauce. If looking for another type of dip, drizzle caramel sauce on churros instead! Caramel goes great with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Heat Nutella (which turns into a dipping sauce) in the microwave for 10 seconds and stir.
The chocolate sauce we used is Nutella chocolate, spooned into a bowl, microwaved for 10 seconds, and stirred. You can reheat the Nutella as needed while eating which is a perfect way to enjoy churros with chocolate dip.
Where can you buy premade churros? Do not want to make your own churros? Every brand makes them a bit different from crunchy to soft, but some fan favorites are Taco Bell and Jack in the Box. Additionally, you can find frozen churros at local stores- OREO has a churro filled with cookie cream!
Can Vegans eat churros? Great question! Normal traditionally prepared churros with dessert dough are vegan. However, in this recipe, I use vegetable oil, and it’s NOT vegan. To make the change to a vegan churro, simply change out the vegetable oil to canola oil – so yes, Vegans can eat churros if properly prepared!
Are Churros Mexican? So many foods come from all over the world and are refined in other places. Churros (as far as we can tell) were originally from Spain, however, moved to Mexico, where they became a more modern-day dessert.
How do you make a piping bag for churros? You can add a gallon size baggie into a glass and spread the opening around the rim. Add churro dough, then cut the corner of the baggie. It’s also fine to just use a real piping bag and a tip!
Are churros bad for you? This is a debate I get in with all readers – is whatever recipe they are reading bad for them? I personally believe that most bad for you food comes from bad habits. Does this recipe have calories and sugar? Absolutely. But Churros, like all desserts, are fine as a dessert and not a daily consumed meal. So enjoy!
Do churros taste like Doughnuts? To me all dessert doughs typically take somewhat similar – doughnuts, churros, anything FRIED has the same sweet fried taste that comes from the oil. However, they are a bit denser and a little crispier than most doughnuts.
What goes good with churros? Do you mean you need more to eat??? If you want to know what goes well on a churro it’s cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. As far as a sauce – chocolate dipping sauce, melted down hazelnut spreads, vanilla frosting, or caramel. If you want to know what to drink with a churro – try hot chocolate!
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