Homemade Churros coated in cinnamon sugar are the ultimate treat! Watch the video tutorial and you will see just how easy it is to make this Churros recipe using pantry staples.

Homemade churro dipped in chocolate sauce

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What are Churros?

Churros are a popular Mexican dessert that is quite popular in the US. They are made with simple choux pastry fried in hot oil and coated in cinnamon sugar. Churros are a popular carnival or fair treat and let’s not forget Costco churros. We can’t get enough of their spongy soft centers, crisp edges, and sweet coating.

Fried churros coated in cinnamon sugar on platter

Churro Ingredients:

If you haven’t tried a fresh, homemade churro you are in for a treat! Homemade churros taste best because you get to use fresh oil that hasn’t been frying churros all day long. This recipe requires simple refrigerator and pantry staples (milk, eggs, butter, flour, salt, sugar, and cinnamon) and we use the same dough for Eclairs and Cream Puffs.

Ingredients for choux pastry to make churros with milk, flour, sugar, eggs, salt, cinnamon and butter

What Tools Do I need to Make Churros?

To make the dough, you really only need a medium saucepan and large pot to fry (a clip-on thermometer will help you maintain the temperature of the oil), a wooden spoon and an electric mixer (either an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer will work).

We used a Wilton 1M piping tip (which is a large open star pastry tip) and a large piping bag. I went through 4 grocery stores before finding the right pastry tip at Walmart and determined it’s easiest to buy it online.

Cook’s Tip: If you don’t have the tip or piping bag, you can put the dough into a large Ziploc bag and cut off a 1/2″ diameter circle at the bottom then pipe into the oil. They won’t have the traditional churro star shape but they will sure taste good!

Wilton 1M pastry tip in pastry bag and pot fitted with thermometer with churros frying in oil

Tips for the Best Churros:

Churro dough is surprisingly easy to master. Follow the step-by-step video instructions and you will be a pro in no time.

  • The dough is done “cooking” when it is smooth, and a thin film forms on the bottom of the saucepan. This process allows it to release extra moisture and it will be easier to pipe the dough.
  • Use large, cold eggs. The cold eggs help to cool down and slightly thicken the batter.
  • Beat the eggs in 1 at a time, allowing each to incorporate fully before adding the next.
  • Pipe the batter into hot oil in 6-inch lengths. Longer churros tend to curl more and are difficult to flip.
  • Keep the oil between 350˚F and 370˚F while frying. Adding too many churros to the pot can cool the oil too much.
  • Roll churros in cinnamon sugar while they are still warm/hot and it will stick better.

Watch Churros Video Tutorial:


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How to Serve Churros:

Churros are such a treat rolled in cinnamon sugar without anything else required, but if you’re craving a dip, our favorite homemade sauces are:

Churros served on a platter with chocolate sauce

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Easy Homemade Churros Recipe

4.93 from 132 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Churros on a serving platter with a bowl of chocolate sauce
Homemade Churros coated in cinnamon sugar are the ultimate treat! Watch the video tutorial and you will see just how easy it is to make this Churros recipe using pantry staples. This recipe makes 20-25 churros depending on length of churros.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, cold
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • vegetable oil or canola oil , to fry churros

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, 8 Tbsp butter, 1 tsp sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and immediately stir in 1 cup flour all at once with a wooden spoon. Once incorporated, put back on the heat and stir constantly another 2 minutes to release extra moisture and partially cook the flour. The dough should come together in a smooth ball and a thin film will form on the bottom of the pan.
  • Transfer to a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat on medium speed 2 minutes to cool the mixture slightly. Add 4 eggs, adding 1 at a time and allowing each egg to fully incorporate between additions. Beat until dough is smooth and forms a thick ribbon when pulled up.
  • Heat 2” deep vegetable oil to 370˚F. Keep the oil between 350-370˚F while frying.
  • Transfer dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip (Wilton 1M). Pipe 6” lengths into hot oil and cut with scissors. Fry 1 1/2 minutes per side or until golden brown then flip with tongs and fry another 1 1/2 minutes. Fry in batches, about 5-6 churros at a time. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate then roll in cinnamon sugar.

Nutrition Per Serving

368kcal Calories26g Carbs5g Protein28g Fat19g Saturated Fat114mg Cholesterol113mg Sodium67mg Potassium1g Fiber14g Sugar498IU Vitamin A38mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Churros Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
368
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Saturated Fat
 
19
g
119
%
Cholesterol
 
114
mg
38
%
Sodium
 
113
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
67
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
498
IU
10
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: churros
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 368

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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Stefanie
    February 22, 2024

    Hi! Do you know if these would work with gluten free or einkorn flour?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 23, 2024

      Hello Stefanie, I haven’t tested a gluten substitution to advise. I also looked through our reader comments and don’t see anyone has tried that. If you happen to experiment I would love to know how you like this recipe!

      Reply

  • JD
    December 25, 2023

    Why not put a printed ingredient list on the post? You know….ie 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup water etc.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 25, 2023

      You can click on Jump to recipe to go to the recipe card which can also be printed.

      Reply

  • Eshal Anwar
    November 5, 2023

    hi, Natasha, this recipe was a DISASTER nothing was okay the dough was tooooooooooo sticky, I then managed to fix it, but the taste was disgusting, I had to throw them in the dustbin,suggetions needed!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 7, 2023

      Hi Eshal, it sounds like the proportions of liquid to dry ingredients was off or it wasn’t cooked long enough on the stove – both could result in a runny/sticky dough.

      Reply

      • Eshal Anwar
        November 8, 2023

        I tried again it was better and amazing thanks Natasha,love you

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 8, 2023

          Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

          Reply

  • Cristina
    September 9, 2023

    My husband made hot chocolate that was a little too thick. So I decided to make churros to dip it in. I am so happy to have run across your recipe. It was just what I was looking for! It was easy to make and video helped a lot! It was lighter than what we are used to but we enjoyed it so much!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 9, 2023

      Hi Cristina! That’s wonderful. I’m glad you found this recipe. It sounds amazing.

      Reply

  • Bené
    July 23, 2023

    Thank you for putting the amounts of the ingredients in the directions. It saves scrolling back up to see how much flour I should add!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 24, 2023

      You’re welcome! Glad that was helpful.

      Reply

  • Barbra Clementine
    July 18, 2023

    I am very disappointed in you Natalia! These churros were time consuming and made a big mess and I was late to my grandson’s nail appointment! The batter also dripped down quickly. The taste was okay, atleast my granbabies liked it. Tasted like french toast and cinnamon too, off putting if you ask me.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      July 19, 2023

      Hi Barbara, I’m sorry to hear it didn’t go as planned for you. I’m always happy to help troubleshoot. As you can see in the video, the batter isn’t supposed to be drippy – maybe the proportions of liquid to dry ingredients was off? This is the same batter we use to make eclairs, cream puffs and zeppole and we have used it for years. It’s worth another try! Watch the video to see where the consistency changed and also check out our post on how to measure ingredients.

      Reply

    • Shelly
      December 26, 2023

      So harsh Barbra. Wow. I guess there is no chance you made a mistake? Even if you didn’t being rude just makes me very disappointed in you. This is a free recipe. I also missed in the instructions where she said this is so easy and quick you should make it right before an important appointment. Your review is off putting if you ask me(which no one did just like no one asked you yours). I hope you have better and kinder days.

      Reply

      • Paulette Codipilly
        January 26, 2024

        You took the words right out of my mouth Shelly. I agree. But Natasha is still so gracious in her response. You’re a class act Natasha. (P.S. I’ve made this recipe countless times and it’s perfect every time! Making it again in the morning for 6 of our grandkids who will be here.) they’re all so excited to get these for breakfast with a little mountain of whipped cream to dip them in!

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          January 27, 2024

          Hi Paulette! Thank you so much. My kids love these, what a treat for the grandkids! Enjoy!

          Reply

  • Yasmine
    July 8, 2023

    These were so easy to make and taste so light. It was hard not to eat to many. Love this recipe and will continue to make it.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 8, 2023

      That’s great to hear, Yasmine! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Tom
    July 4, 2023

    I made this today! Easy to follow directions, they turned out delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 4, 2023

      You’re welcome, Tom! I’m so glad it was enjoyed.

      Reply

  • sophia
    June 24, 2023

    these were amazing!!, big fan of all natasha’s recipes!!, thanks for another great one i will be sure to make there again

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 24, 2023

      Hi Sophia! I’m so glad to hear that.

      Reply

  • Jane
    December 19, 2022

    My mom has decided that rather than our traditional Christmas brunch, she’s fixing enchiladas. So, I found your post with so many great ideas to go with her enchiladas. I’ve only ever tried churros once before and they turned out more like hush puppies, gross. LOL So I’m excited to find this lovely recipe with so many encouraging comments. I’ll give it a try! We first had churros when we were staying with my friend in Seville and have loved them ever since!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 19, 2022

      It sounds like it will be delicious! I hope you love this recipe, Jane!

      Reply

  • Paulette Codipilly
    October 26, 2022

    This is an update to my first review made 2 weeks ago. I had previously written that I’d made a couple tweaks and they turned out great. Well over the weekend I made these again for grandchildren and made no adjustments at all, following the recipe exactly…. And they were even better!!! Lesson learned; Natashas recipes need no tweaking! I serve these with a little mountain of whipped cream for the grandkids to dip them in. We’ve got 17 young grandkids (so far) and I’m making these for a fun breakfast whenever any of them spend the night. The older ones like using scissors to cut the dough off as I pipe it into the hot oil. And they can roll them in the cinnamon sugar after I briefly drain them on a paper towel. They love to cook with Mimi and I treasure making these memories with them!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2022

      Hello Paulette, that’s awesome! Thank you for trying the recipe as it is and I’m so happy that you loved it so much!

      Reply

    • Old Hen in TN
      December 11, 2022

      17 grandkids…you are so lucky! I have only one. I have made churros but anxious to try out this recipe.

      Reply

      • Paulette
        February 1, 2023

        Thank you. We have a large family and each of these grandchildren have been such a blessing. My favorite thing to do with them is cooking up memories in the kitchen! Enjoy your grand! 🙂

        Reply

  • Paulette Codipilly
    October 15, 2022

    Well you’ve done it again Natasha! We had a bunch of our young grandchildren over for a pizza/movie/sleepover at Mimi and Papa’s house and I wanted to make something fun for breakfast for them. The churros turned out GREAT! I added 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the dough as well as 1/2 tsp vanilla to the water and milk mixture before adding flour. They were perfect! We felt they were sweet enough without adding any sauces although we did serve with some whipped cream and warm apple cider. The kids loved them! Thanks again. I KNEW I could count on your recipe to be foolproof!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 15, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your excellent review, Paulette!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    October 10, 2022

    I made these last night. They are so easy (minus my lack of coordination to pipe and cut at the same time so my husband cut). They are absolutely delicious and my family loves them. Can you please tell me the best way to store them? I waited until they cooled and put them in an airtight container, but they are really soft this morning.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 10, 2022

      Hi Stephanie! We have kept them for a couple of days in an air-tight container, but we love them best fresh! They keep really well at room temperature overnight and they can be enjoyed at room temperature the next day. You can reheat the churros in the oven at 400˚F for about 5-6 minutes then re-roll in cinnamon sugar. I would not microwave them to reheat or they can seem greasy after that.

      Reply

  • Lindsay
    October 10, 2022

    Hello, can this recipe be used in Churro machine. Thank you

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 10, 2022

      Hi Lindsay, I imagine that would be fine!

      Reply

  • Matilde
    October 9, 2022

    Hi! Can you make it the day before? I would like to take some to my daughters school but I can’t make it the same day

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 9, 2022

      Hi Matilde, I haven’t tried doing that yet to advise but I imagine that the dough can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 day before frying. Bring the dough back to room temperature before frying. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try.

      Reply

      • Matilde
        October 11, 2022

        Hi
        If I cook it and leave it in the counter for the next day, will the churros get hard or better to keep it in a container?

        Thank you

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          October 11, 2022

          Hi Matilde. I think they will become hard if not covered. We have kept them for a couple of days in an air-tight container, but we love them best fresh! They keep really well at room temperature overnight and they can be enjoyed at room temperature the next day. You can reheat the churros in the oven at 400˚F for about 5-6 minutes then re-roll in cinnamon sugar.

          Reply

  • Fatima
    October 6, 2022

    I love it i still didn’t make it but i know it will turn out good because your recipes are easy not because they are but you make them easy. I love how you explain to people how to do it

    Reply

    • Fatima
      October 6, 2022

      By the way i’m a big fan! I love your videos. sooo much😄

      Reply

      • NatashasKitchen.com
        October 6, 2022

        Thank you for the love and support, Fatima! 🙂

        Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 6, 2022

      So glad you find them helpful, Fatima. I appreciate the feedback. 🙂

      Reply

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