Want to learn how to make Homemade Churros? Here's an easy recipe for crispy, fluffy, sugar-coated churros. They're delicious dipped in chocolate or eaten plain!
Break out of a dessert rut and try something new. These churros are a must-make! Skip waiting for a food truck or fair to dive in to this incredibly decadent dessert.
This Homemade Churro recipe is...
- Made with simple ingredients
- Made with 7 ingredients
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How to Make Homemade Churros
- In a pot add your water, butter, salt and cinnamon. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
- Add in the flour and mix until it forms a ball.
- Set aside and let the dough rest 10 minutes to cool.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing well.
- Pour mixture into a piping bag. Then in a bowl add cinnamon and sugar and set aside for coating.
- Then in a pan with oil heat it up, and then when it reaches proper temp pipe out some churros frying them in the oil.
- Once done, remove and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture then place on a paper towel lined plate.
Full directions for how to make Homemade Churros are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Tips & Tricks for Homemade Churros
Let Dough Rest Before Eggs
It's very important you let the dough rest and cool down before adding the eggs. Otherwise, your eggs will cook into a scrambled egg-like texture and ruin the dough.
Piping Tip For Churros
A star tip is the most traditional piping tip to use for making the iconic lines in the churro dough. The lines in the star tip also help to release air which prevents your churros from breaking apart.
Make sure the temperature of your frying oil is 350°F. Use a candy thermometer to ensure you maintain the right temperature! Otherwise your churros may burn or overcook if the oil is too hot.
Variations to Homemade Churros
Churros are always better when they're dipped in a delicious sauce! You could melt up some rich chocolate for dipping, or even whip up a gooey caramel sauce. The options for pairing your churros with more flavor are endless!
Adjusting the Spice
The cinnamon in this recipe adds a nice warmth of flavor to the churros. However, you can shake things up with some pumpkin spice or even apple pie spice to alter the flavor a bit.
Homemade Churros FAQs
What dough are churros made of?
Churros are a Mexican dessert that is popular around the globe. They're made from a choux dough which is a homemade wet, thick batter.
Why aren't my churros crispy?
You might need to cook your churros longer, if you find that they aren't crispy. Alternatively you need to check the temperature of your oil, as it might not be hot enough to create the golden coating on the outside of the dough.
Why do my churros explode?
Churros explode if they are cooked without the lines in the dough. If your churros are round and don't have creased lines, they can overcook on the outside and explode.
How should I store leftover churros?
Churros are best when eaten fresh out of the frying pan—just let them fully cool. Then you can store your leftover churros on the counter in an airtight container for 1–2 days. You can also store your churros in the fridge. The texture will soften of course, but the flavor will still be delicious.
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- 1 cup water
- ½ cup butter
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups vegetable oil for frying
- chocolate sauce for dipping, optional
- Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the water first.
- Next, add the butter.
- Follow with the salt and ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon. Bring to boil, stir, and reduce to low heat.
- Add the flour.
- Stir until the mixture forms a large ball.
- Remove from the heat and set aside—allow the dough to rest for about 10 minutes. The dough MUST BE COOL so the eggs don't scramble when added.
- When the dough as cooled sufficiently, add the eggs.
- Add one egg at a time, mixing until fully combined.
- Fill a piping bag with the churro dough and set aside. You may have to work in batches, depending on the size of your piping bag.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar and ½ tsp of cinnamon in a small and set it aside. This is to coat the churros after frying them.
- Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. As soon as the oil reaches 350°F, start to fry your churros. I recommend pipping the dough directly into the frying oil, cutting with a knife every few inches to get perfect churro strips. Fry the churros until golden brown on all sides, which will take about 1–2 minutes.
- Place the churros on a clean paper towel to drain off the excess oil for a few minutes. Sprinkle or dip the churros with the cinnamon sugar mixture and serve!
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