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Best Churros Recipe

This super easy churros recipe was actually created a few years ago for my Baking Box subscription. Once a month I would send out to my subscribers a box with an original dessert recipe and everything you need to make it - the pre-measured ingredients, a new baking tool and step by step instructions with photos to follow. These Churros were actually one of the hottest boxes we sold and I’m so excited to be sharing it here with you now.
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Course: Dessert, Snack, Treat
Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish
Keyword: Donuts, Easy, treat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 15 churros
Calories: 408kcal
Cost: $6

Equipment

  • Candy thermometer (optional)
  • Sauce pan
  • Whisk
  • Kitchen scissors

Ingredients

Choux Pastry:

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 Tablespoons demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3 cups canola oil for frying

Churro Topping:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Place water, butter, sugars and salt in a saucepan and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring water to a boil and remove from heat.
  • Add flour to the pot and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until dough forms.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time until completely incorporated.
  • Fill piping bag fitted with a star tip with choux pastry dough.
  • Heat oil in a large, deep pan until oil reaches 365°F (if not using a candy thermometer you can test the temperature by placing the handle of a wooden spoon into the hot oil, if bubbles start to form around it immediately the oil is hot enough).
  • While the oil is heating up, prepare cinnamon sugar topping. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Begin piping the churros batter into the hot oil. See instructions for different shapes below.
  • For the spiral shape: Pipe a spiral of churros batter onto a small square of parchement paper and gently lower it into the hot oil, then remove the paper with tongs.
  • For regular churros: Pipe directly into the oil and cut the dough using a kitchen scissor, at the desired length.
  • Fry churros for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from heat when they are golden brown all around and place directly into the prepared bowl of cinnamon sugar.
  • Coat in cinnamon sugar and enjoy!

Notes

Churros are best served immediately. If that's not possible, I recommend re-heating them for a few minutes in a hot oven right before serving so that they crisp up.
These are great on their own or dipped in sauces such as chocolate or caramel. 

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg