These baked churros are nice and crispy on the outside and have a soft fluffy interior, dusted with cinnamon sugar, and served warm for the perfect moorish bite every time. They remind me of summer days walking around food markets or visiting festivals.
Baked in the oven rather than deep-fried so it's something everyone can make at home!
I remember when Chris and I took the kids around a food festival in Manchester a few years ago. We had a great time and tried so many different foods, we were really in our element!
When we asked the kids what their favorite thing from the day was they said " The Churros, they were AMAZING", I think Gracey has had a thing for cinnamon sugar since. So I knew I had to come up with a winning churro recipe that I could make at home.
📋 What do we need?
The churro batter requires some fairly basic store cupboard ingredients, butter, flour, salt, water, eggs, sugar, and vanilla for added flavour is all we need for these crispy delicious treats.
🔪 How to make baked churros
Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F (fan assisted).
- Melt the butter, sugar and vanilla in the water, then stir in the flaour.
- Add the eggs in one at a time stirring continuously
- Pipe on to a lined baking tray (sheet). and bake in the oven
- Roll in some cinnamon sugar and you're ready to serve.
👩🍳PRO TIP Use a piping nozzle with a star shape to get that signature churro look!
📺 Watch how to make it
Typically churros are deep-fried rather than baked but with this recipe, you can bake them in the oven and still get that lovely crispy exterior whilst the interior is nice and fluffy.
I made 2 batches of these Baked Churros with White Chocolate and Coconut for these photos and when I declared that I'd finished shooting. Cue the kids and all of their friends dropping the bikes, scooters, and footballs they were playing with outside to hoover them all up in the time it took me to make a cup of tea.
🍽️ What to serve Churros with
They're best served fresh from the oven, rolled in cinnamon sugar. Delicious on their own.
They're even better dipped in a pot of warm, melted white chocolate and then sprinkled with coconut flakes - but isn't everything 😀
They also taste great with some Salted Caramel Sauce (from my friend at Sally's baking addiction) or Chocolate sauce
Baked Churros Recipe
For the Churros:
- 230 ml (1 cup minus 2 tsp) cold water
- 120 g (½ cup) unsalted butter
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
- 160 g (1 ⅓ cups) plain (all-purpose) flour
- 3 medium eggs
- 240 ml (1 cup) boiling water - needed just before the churros go in the oven
- 200 g (1 cup) white caster sugar (or superfine sugar)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 200 g (7 oz) white chocolate - broken into pieces
- 5 heaped tbsp dessicated/shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F (fan). Place silicon baking mats or baking parchment onto two baking sheets.
- Add the water, butter, salt, vanilla extract, and brown sugar to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for a minute or two until the sugar dissolves.230 ml (1 cup minus 2 tsp) cold water, 120 g (½ cup) unsalted butter, ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
- Turn the heat down to low and stir in the flour, using a wooden spoon. Once the flour is combined, it will start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Turn off the heat.160 g (1 ⅓ cups) plain (all-purpose) flour
- Using the wooden spoon, stir the eggs into the mixture, one-at-a time until combined. Don’t over-stir.3 medium eggs
- Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a large star tip (I use Wilton #1M).
- Pipe rows approx. 8-10cm long onto the baking sheets. Leave 2-3cm between each churro, as they will expand slightly.
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a separate baking tray and place this in the bottom of the oven (the steam will help to keep the churros softer on the inside, whilst still being crispy on the outside).240 ml (1 cup) boiling water
- Place the trays of churros in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
- Just before the churros are ready, melt the chocolate either over a bain marie, or in a bowl in the microwave in 30-second bursts (stir in between each burst or it will burn). Spoon into a small serving bowl and place the desiccated coconut in a separate small serving bowl.200 g (7 oz) white chocolate
- Mix together the caster sugar and cinnamon on a large plate.200 g (1 cup) white caster sugar (or superfine sugar), 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Take the churros out of the oven and brush with the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar.3 tbsp melted butter
- Serve with the melted chocolate and coconut.5 heaped tbsp dessicated/shredded coconut
This churro recipe was first published in July 2017. It has been updated in July 2021 with added information, improvements to the recipe, new photos, and a video.
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