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How to Make Churros

Churros are best made at home to ensure their delicious crispness and freshness! Covered in cinnamon sugar, fried to perfection these are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican, Spanish
Keyword How to Make Churros
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 churros
Calories 77 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter diced into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar:

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


Cinnamon Sugar:

  1. in a shallow dish, whisk together sugar and cinnamon, set aside.

Make the Batter:

  1. Place water, unsalted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the flour with a rubber spatula, stir constantly until the mixture comes together and is shiny and smooth, with no lumps (a few tiny lumps are ok).
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl, and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Using a hand electric mixer, whisk in vanilla and the egg into the flour mixture until fully combined and smooth. The mixture may start to separate, keep mixing until its combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with 1/2 inch star tip.

Fry the Churros:

  1. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of vegetable oil in a large pot or deep cast-iron skillet over medium-high. The oil should reach 360 degrees Fahrenheit, use a candy thermometer to check the temperature.
  2. Carefully pipe the mixture into the preheated oil, pressing about 6-inch lengths churros and cutting the end with clean scissors. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  3. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer fried churros to paper towels for about 2-3 minutes, after that toss into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. Serve warm with chocolate or caramel sauce for dipping.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Churros
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 59mg3%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 106IU2%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.