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Cinnamon Sugar Churros

January 14, 2010
Cinnamon Sugar Churros
Have you ever tried churros?
No? Okay, you must leave everything you’re doing right now and run to the kitchen. Do what it takes to get into the kitchen and get down to making these – right this moment. These little sticks of dough blew my mind. Awfully easy to make and even easier to polish off – these deep fried goodies might just be something you’re greeted with at the gates of heaven.
Cinnamon Sugar Churros
Exactly how easy are they to make? Just boil some water, oil and salt, throw in some flour, mix in an egg, throw in a blob of butter then pipe it into hot oil  and fry until golden brown and then finally toss it in some cinnamon sugar – that’s it! And then of course, munch away and think of the multitude of ways you can eat these. I’ve listed some fun ways of eating these churros but I’d love to hear your suggestions as well. Someone always comes up with a brilliant idea that would’ve never occurred to me! So here goes my list:
– cinnamon sugar
– honey
– powdered sugar
– whipped cream and strawberries
– nutella
– white chocolate sauce
And you know what, there couldn’t be a better time to make churros and serve them with hot chocolate than winter! Go. Make. Them. Now.
Cinnamon Sugar Churros
Yield: 6 servings
Note: I halved the eggs the second time I made them because it was just so dang eggy! So eggy, that my sister said it felt like she were eating an omelette! Here is a much better version of the recipe that yielded amazingly crispy churros that everyone ate up like hungry wolves.
1 cup water
1/4th cup olive oil or canola oil
½ tsp salt
1 1/4th cup flour
2 eggs
1 tbsp / 30g butter
Peanut or canola oil for deep drying
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  1. In a heavy bottomed pan (not aluminium) combine the oil, water and salt and bring it to a rolling boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and add all the flour and mix it enthusiastically together. You will see that the dough clumps up around the spoon.
  3. Place it back on the heat and stir briskly for 30-60 seconds to dry out the excess moisture.
  4. Now in another bowl, beat the eggs together and mix it in with the dough slowly until the eggs are completely incorporated.
  5. At this point the dough will be a slightly sticky, evenly yellow mass.
  6. Stir in the butter and you will see that the dough isn’t sticky anymore.
  7. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large star shaped tip and pipe directly into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown then strain thoroughly and transfer to the plate in which the cinnamon and sugar has been mixed and coat evenly.
  8. Serve hot!


  • Reply Chaitali January 14, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    I didn't know churros were this easy to make! I always thought that it was one of those things that you buy only at carnivals like deep fried hot dogs :)

  • Reply Punctuation Mark January 14, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    These are so good!!! i remember having them when i was a kid all the time, especially at Christmas!!!

  • Reply yoolia January 14, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    OMG! This looks soooo good! I'm glad it's really cold here in Germany and I don't have to wear short skirts and stuff, so I can try this recipe this weekend and eat them all without sharing ;)

  • Reply Tina January 14, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Never tried this..Looks crispy and tempting…

  • Reply revathi January 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Not too many at a time though. It can be pretty heavy.

  • Reply Mowie @ Mowielicious January 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    OMG! Those look absolutely divine! Can't wait to make them!

  • Reply Sook January 15, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Churro is such a great snack for both adults and kids! Love the recipe. Thank you.

  • Reply arjwiz January 14, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Chaitali was right – it definitely reminds me of carnivals and Christmas street shops.

    I love the way you described it as being the thing you should be greeted with at the doorstep to heaven. But eating so many of these churros sure is a devilish thing to do!

  • Reply Barbara January 14, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Did I actually see you dipping a churro in some dulce de leche? I am NOT going to scroll back up to double check or I will start to feel faint.

  • Reply Leesie (a/k/a SeasLife) January 15, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    I've had churros once and loved 'em. I had to laugh at the method though, you are too funny Shaheen. Thanks and hopefully I will be giving these a try real soon – *sigh* I don't have a piping bag.

  • Reply MeetaK January 15, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    I love churros but to be honest never made them at home. i see i have to change that. you make the macs and i the churros on the weekend. ;o) hugs!

  • Reply pigpigscorner January 15, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    oh my! This looks amazing! love churros!

  • Reply Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    These look sooo amazing. I love cinnamon, so I might just have to sneak a few of these in this weekend!

  • Reply Ingrid January 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    They kinda look like french fries. :)

    Do I have to make 'em? Can'tcha just send me some? Please!

  • Reply bethany January 15, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Great post Shaheen! I've not had churros before and you've convinced me that I must change my ways! :)

  • Reply Anonymous January 16, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    I had these at a restaurant in Manhattan. Came with 3 different sauces – chocolate, caramel, and raspberry. So delicious! And so much better than those churros you get at amusement parks. I want some now!

  • Reply chocolatecup January 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    craving these right now.

  • Reply Y January 17, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Tasty! The best thing about churros is when you get someone else to make it for you.. *hint hint*

  • Reply Iris Moulton January 17, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Absolutely beautiful! I will have to try these. We have a Christmas tradition of making Spanish (Madrid)-style hot chocolate to go with our homemade churros:

    Teaspoon or so of cornstarch, whisked thoroughly into:
    A cup of milk per person
    About half of a chocolate bar (70% or more), depending on how chocolatey you want it.

    Thick and hot and chocolatey, and the perfect dessert to remind me of my time living in Spain.

  • Reply fromBAtoParis January 18, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Oh, I LOVE your churros !!! They are extremely popular in Argentina….with a machine they make a hole alongside, to fill them with dulce de leche, and then they are covered in a chocolate ganache !!!!! 15000 calories, but so delicious !!!!!

  • Reply Abby Kihano January 19, 2010 at 4:30 AM

    oh my gosh… that looks so good!

  • Reply Deborah January 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    I love churros, but I don't think I've ever make them myself. These look perfect!

  • Reply diva January 19, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    yum…gotta love churros. they are such a treat! i need to attempt making them myself some day. cheers for the recipe ;) x

  • Reply misterrios January 20, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    I had a ton of these during my last trip to Los Angeles. Glad to see a recipe and the actual results! I have to learn how to make these.

  • Reply VeggieWiz January 20, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    I love…….love churros! was looking for a churros recipe….have to try this…

  • Reply Julia February 25, 2010 at 3:44 AM

    I just moved to Madrd a month ago and I've already become addicted to churros – a staple here, with a steamy cup of thick chocolate. I didn't realize it was so easy to make them! I'll have to get a nice star-shaped piping tip to make them pretty though :)

  • Reply carri March 12, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    These look wonderful!

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  • Reply maria August 13, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    I made the last night! Wasnt enough! I am doubling this up! loved it! :D

  • Reply skaps October 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM


    i am vegetrian, is there any substtitue to the eggs in this recipe.


    • Reply The Purple Foodie October 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM

      Hi Skaps. I haven’t made this without eggs yet, so I can’t say for sure.

    • Reply Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) October 26, 2011 at 8:29 AM

      Hi Skaps,

      I don’t think you can. The pastry used to make churros (and eclairs and cream puffs…) is called choux pastry. Choux pastry, at its simplest, usually only has 4 ingredients. If you get rid of the eggs then the dough is no longer as moist and doesn’t hold together.

      Perhaps you can get some type of egg substitute in the grocery store? But I don’t know if the results will be as good.

      I just noticed the date this was posted… oops.

      Check out my blog if you want, :)

    • Reply Susan July 8, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Hi Skaps,
      I am vegan, I never use eggs when baking, I haven’t try this recipe…yet, but 2 eggs is so easy to substitute in any recipe, you can use pureed Fruit: Mashed (almost ripe) bananas, unsweetened applesauce, pureed prunes, plumped raisins and softened dates are some of the ways how pureed fruits can be used as an egg substitute.
      1/4 cup of pureed fruit for each egg. Increase leavening by 25-50%. If baking, bake items slightly longer, if necessary…in this case is easier, you are frying. Bonus: Omitting the eggs and use pureed fruit instead, makes any dish healthier.

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  • Reply louet January 3, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    I first came across churros at a fair in brasil, for 2 years i constantly went back to the same place every weekend as my weely indulgence. your recipe looks really easy and i will surely give it a shot..
    the churros i had were piped with a hole in between which was rolled in cinnamom sugar and filled with doce de leite .. double on the pounds :) am heading to bombay in a couple of weeks, can you shout if you need something from brazil ??

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  • Reply Twinkle September 9, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Could I use sunflower oil for the deep fry? Don’t have peanut or canola in stock :(

  • Reply Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) October 26, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Wow! These look delicious!

    I’m going to make these in a few days just because yours look so good. :)

    Hope to see you around my blog too because you just got me hooked! haha

  • Reply Barrie June 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I have loved Churros since trying them at a festival, i assumed that they would be difficult and messy to make but this recipe is so easy and delicious. The dough will sit happily in the fridge for a couple of days too so it makes a great make-ahead pudding to wow friends with! I served mine simply with some chocolate melted down with some milk to make a not too heavy chocolate sauce. And the cinnamon sugar is a MUST people….

    Thanks Shaheen x

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