Churros are dough that is piped into hot oil, fried, and then rolled and coated in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. If you love churros, be sure to try my Churro Cookies!
If you have made homemade donuts, you will certainly want to make these churros. Churros are fried dough sticks with a crispy outside and soft and fluffy inside. Plus, like a cinnamon sugar donut, the fried dough is coated in cinnamon and sugar! I love the ridges you get from piping them into the oil from a star-shaped tip. And don’t forget to have some milk chocolate ganache available for dipping! (Caramel would be another great sauce to dip these in!) I will also show you how to make these in an air fryer!
There are two parts to this recipe–the topping and the dough.
Oil: Vegetable oil works fine for frying. And don’t throw out the leftover oil; first, check out my How to Clarify Used Cooking Oil so it doesn’t go to waste!
Topping: All you need is some cinnamon and sugar to coat the fried dough.
Dough: The dough is a warm dough made with a simple mixture of boiling water, sugar, oil, salt, and all-purpose flour.
Can I Make Churros Without a Piping Bag or Tip?
Yes! If you don’t have piping bags, just use a couple of sealable plastic baggies with corners cut. You can actually even cut a triangle into the corner of the plastic bag to create more texture, similar to a star tip. Then just pipe the dough into the oil as instructed. You won’t get the crispy ridges you would get from using an actual star tip, but they will still taste the same!
How to Make Churros in an Air Fryer
If you don’t want to fry the churros in oil, it’s easy to get the same great flavors from an air fryer. To make churros in an air fryer:
- First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment with nonstick cooking spray.
- Next, pipe the dough onto the lined baking sheet.
- Refrigerate the piped dough for an hour.
- When ready, spray the basket of your air fryer with nonstick cooking spray (or line with parchment paper if your machine doesn’t allow the nonstick spray)
- Working in batches, carefully transfer the churros to the basket of your air fryer, leaving plenty of space in between each.
- Air fry the churros at 375°F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
- 2 quarts vegetable oil
- ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (250 g) water
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
- In a large deep pot over medium-high heat, add 2 inches of vegetable oil. Heat oil to 365°F.
- While oil is heating prepare the topping and batter.
- On a shallow plate add cinnamon and sugar; whisk together to combine. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat add water, sugar, oil, and salt. Mix well and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and use a rubber spatula to mix in flour until the batter comes together with very few lumps remaining.
- Because the batter is still very warm you will want to use two piping bags. To do that, take out the first piping bag, clip the end off and place in your tip so that it is securely resting in the bag. (I used an #827 tip.)
- Add the batter to the second piping bag and clip a small amount off the tip of the bag. (Make sure you cut an opening that is slightly bigger than the size of the ¼ tip you will be using. If the opening is not large enough the pastry bag could interfere with how to batter comes out of the tip.)
- Place the batter bag into the bag with the tip.
- Carefully pipe a 5-inch strip of dough into the hot oil, using the scissors to snip off the dough at the end of the strip. Repeat 2-3 more times, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. (I would not recommend frying more than three at a time to avoid sticking together.) Monitor the temp of the oil; you want the oil to stay as close to 365°F as possible.
- Fry until golden brown (about 3-4 minutes) turning occasionally. With a slotted spoon or metal tongs, remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain.
- While still hot, roll the churro into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Repeat with the remaining churros.
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