Spanish Churros


Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

This past weekend I was at the bakery and I smelled something that reminded me of churros. And of course my first thought was, I have to make them because I haven’t had one in years! I couldn’t believe it. Churros are really, really good. In Spain, it is very common to see food carts selling churros and they are called ” Churrerias”. You can smell them from a mile away. That smell is so unique.

We usually eat churros for breakfast, (I would say mostly Sunday morning). They are dipped in hot chocolate or with a latte. Or as I would say in Spanish, “café con leche”.  A churro is basically deep fried dough, crunchy on the outside, and usually sprinkled with sugar. You can also find churros dipped in dark chocolate which are super yummy too!

This recipe, besides being  very easy, is also very cheap. All you really need are water, flour and sugar, and a couple extra ingredients…


2 cups water

¼ teaspoon sugar (for the dough)

Extra sugar to sprinkle after

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of butter

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups vegetable or canola oil

Zest of one medium lemon, yellow part only, avoid white pith (use a vegetable peeler, not a zester, to allow easy removal of zest

Cook the water, salt, sugar and butter on medium heat in a pot. Stir for a few minutes and add the lemon skin of a lemon (we’ll remove it  later) and the vanilla. Stir until it boils.

Water, salt, sugar and butter
All the mixture is boiling
After I added the flour

Once it starts boiling, remove the lemon skin and add the flour. Keep stirring! Don’t get distracted because you will have a big ball of dough very soon. I usually stir the dough with a wooden spoon, it works really well.

The dough is now like a ball

Once you have a big ball of dough, place it into your your piping bag (if you don’t have one, just use a Ziploc bag and cut the corner of the bag). On a sheet , pipe a 5 inch long straight line of dough (or any size you desire…)

Place the dough into the pipe
Piping the dough

Once the oil is hot (325F) place the churros carefully in the pan and cook until they get a nice golden brown color. Remove them from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to remove the excess oil and then set aside.

Frying the churoos
The churros have a nice golden brown color. They are done!

Sprinkle the churros generously with sugar when they are still moist.  Use as much as you want.

Serve in a paper cone (like in las Churrerias).
Serve in a paper cone (like in las Churrerias).
Eat them with hot chocolate or café con leche.
Eat them with hot chocolate or café con leche.



Si..? Easy! I told you 🙂


I am happy to share this recipe with Fiesta Friday! yay!

17 thoughts on “Spanish Churros

  1. Oh my god, I am definitely making these! I’m addicted to churros, but they are a little hard to come by in Brussels (and then usually only at street fairs in the summer, and usually not all that great). I used to eat them in Copenhagen, whenever I’d go to the amusement park Tivoli, which is in the centre of the city. There they also serve them with cinnamon sugar, which is my preferred way of having them – is this completely untraditional though?

    Thanks for the recipe in any case! Making these soon! 🙂

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    1. Oh nice! In Spain we always use granulated sugar or chocolate (super delicious). This recipe is very easy to make and the churros are really good! I’ve never had churros with cinnamon sugar, I´ll have to try it next time 🙂

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    1. We don’t use egg in Spain for the dough. At least my family and the stores that I would go in Spain they don’t use egg. Mexican Crullers have egg, they are similar to churros but not the same! 🙂

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  2. Oh gosh, the combination of hot churro and hot chocolate 🙂 These look just incredible–crisp and sugary and hot and fresh! There was one time in high school when I was in a brief sort of cooking class. We made churros and I was assigned to pipe and fry them. I just kept on piping and frying and by the time I was done and was ready to try one myself, my classmates had already eaten them all! I forgave them since it was rather funny, but I’ve always been meaning to try to make them again. I just have to get over my fear of deep frying….! 😀

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