Authentic churros

Authentic churros: Cinnamony bites. Image: Carla Zinkfontein.

Authentic churros – How to make the original ones

Ready to be introduced to your new favourite snack? Try our churros recipe. Your taste buds will thank you.

Authentic churros

Authentic churros: Cinnamony bites. Image: Carla Zinkfontein.

Ever tried authentic churros? These delicious bites taste just like cinnamon doughnuts, but even better! They have the same fluffy texture as doughnuts, but the edges are delightfully crispy. Simply irresistible.

So, what are authentic churros? These snacks are of Spanish and Portuguese origin. It is basically a type of fried dough coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. This divine bite is best to enjoy when freshly made. However, they reheat very well so if you are looking for a snack idea to prepare ahead of time for a party, these authentic churros are your answer.

Preparing churros will take about 30 minutes of your time. The pungent fragrance of cinnamon will engulf your home, inviting your family to the kitchen to try some out.

After coating the churros in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, you can serve them warm. If you want to add a little extra indulgence, serve them with chocolate ganache or caramel sauce for dipping. Don’t be surprised if you have a new addiction after trying this churros recipe out.

Authentic churros recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Carla Zinkfontein Course: SnacksCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, diced into small cubes

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • vegetable oil, for frying

  • For coating
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • For the coating whisk together ½ cup sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish, and set aside.
  • Heat about 4 cm vegetable oil in a large pot or deep skillet over medium-high heat to 180°C. While the oil is heating, prepare the batter.
  • Add the water, butter, sugar and salt to a large saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the flour and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook and stir constantly with a rubber spatula until the mixture comes together and is smooth (a few lumps in it is fine).
  • Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl, allow cooling for 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla and egg to the flour mixture then blend immediately with an electric mixer. Blend until the mixture comes together and is smooth (it will separate at first but keep mixing it until it comes together).
  • Transfer to a 40 cm piping bag fitted with a rounded star tip (no bigger than 1½ cm).
  • Carefully pipe the mixture into the preheated oil, into about 15 cm lengths, cut the end with clean scissors.
    Allow frying until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to dry briefly then transfer to cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll to coat.
  • Repeat process with remaining dough (frying no more than 5 at a time).
  • Serve warm with chocolate ganache or caramel sauce for dipping if desired.


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