Homemade Churros for Cinco de Mayo

We do a lot of cooking in our kitchen and most nights, I have helper with me. The kids were psyched when I told them we were making homemade churros in celebration of Cinco de Mayo!

Here is the super easy recipe we used:

Serving: Approx 15-20
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Churro coating

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Heat about 1- 2 inches of vegetable oil in deep skillet (or large pot) over medium-high heat
  • Add water, butter, sugar and salt to a large saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add flour. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula until mixture is smooth.
  • Pour mixture into large bowl to cool

  • While mixture is cooling, whisk together 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a separate shallow dish, for coating.
  • Add vanilla and egg and blend with an electric mixer until mixture is smooth (the first few minutes, it will separate, but with continuous mixing, will come together)
  • Transfer to a 16-inch piping bag fitted with an open start piping tip (I like the open star because it makes the churros a little larger)

  • In 6-8 inch lengths, carefully pipe mixture into preheated oil (I cut the end of each with clean scissors)
  • Fry until golden brown (watch closely, you may need to flip over to other side)

  • Place on paper towel to absorb excess oil, then immediately transfer to cinnamon sugar mixture and roll to coat all sides
  • Repeat until all dough is fried (be sure not to overload your skillet or pot with too many at once. The dough should not be touching.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Check out our baking in action here. Have you ever tried homemade churros?

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