You can find a type of fried dough in nearly every cuisine and one of our favorites is the Spanish churro. Many countries have adopted the churro since its creation and our version more closely resembles the Mexican version. The doughs are very similar, but the churros you find in Spain will typically be coated in sugar whereas the ones in Mexico will be coated in cinnamon and sugar. Since we love the cinnamon and sugar combo we went that route.
We don’t often feel like breaking out all of our oil to fry things. But when you have an easy churro recipe this delicious, it’s absolutely worth it. They only take a few minutes to fry and will actually still taste good at room temp, making them a great party dessert!
We’re also slightly obsessed with the chocolate dipping sauce—so be sure to make that, too! If you want to stick with the churro theme for the day, start by making Churro French Toast.
Easy Homemade Churro Recipe
For the churros
1 c. water
6 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 large eggs
Vegetable oil, for frying
For the chocolate dipping sauce
3/4 c. dark chocolate chips
3/4 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- Make churros: In a large saucepan over medium heat, add water, butter, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then add vanilla. Turn off heat and add flour and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until thickened, 30 seconds. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes.
- To cooled mixture, using a hand mixer, beat in eggs one at a time until combined. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip.
- In a large pot over medium heat, add enough oil to come halfway up the sides and heat to 375°. Holding the piping bag a few inches above the oil, carefully pipe churros into 6" long ropes. Use kitchen scissors to cut off dough from piping bag.
- Fry until golden, 4 to 5 minutes, turning as necessary. Fry 3 to 4 churros at a time and let oil come back to 375° before each batch. Remove churros with a slotted spoon or tongs and immediately roll churros in cinnamon sugar, then place on a cooling rack.
- Make chocolate dipping sauce: Place chocolate chips in a medium heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring heavy cream to a simmer. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and let sit 2 minutes. Add cinnamon and salt and whisk to combine.
- Serve churros with chocolate dipping sauce.
It's important to note that the 10 minute cooling time before frying is very important. Your batter will stiffen as it cools allowing it to fry better!