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How to Make Churros

Churros are best made at home to ensure their delicious crispness and freshness! Spongy on the inside, with crisp edges, and covered in cinnamon sugar, these are irresistible.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican, Spanish
Keyword How to Make Churros
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 churros
Calories 139kcal
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 cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar:

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


Cinnamon Sugar:

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

Make the Batter:

  • Place water, unsalted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Next, reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the flour with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Stir constantly until the mixture comes together and is shiny and smooth, with no lumps (a few tiny lumps are ok).
  • Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl, and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  • Using a hand electric mixer, whisk in vanilla extract and the egg into the flour mixture until fully combined and smooth. The mixture may start to separate, keep mixing until its combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with 1/2 inch star tip, WiltonM1 works great.

Fry the Churros:

  • Heat about 1 1/2-2 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.
  • Carefully pipe the mixture into the preheated oil, pressing about 6-inch lengths of churros and cutting the end with clean kitchen scissors. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried churros to paper towels for about 2-3 minutes, after that toss them immediately into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Serve warm with chocolate or caramel sauce for dipping.



Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg