Skip the greasy mess and bake these healthier churros rather than frying them in oil. The cinnamon-sugar-dusted classic Mexican dessert comes out of the oven crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, April 2017


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

  • Combine water, butter, brown sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and the mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour until completely incorporated and the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  • Whisk eggs and vanilla in a small bowl. Add to the dough and stir until completely incorporated. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch open-star tip. (Alternatively, if using a 1-quart sealable plastic bag, fill it with dough and seal almost completely, leaving a small opening for air to escape from the top as you squeeze. Snip off a bottom corner, making a 3/4-inch-wide opening.) Pipe the dough onto the prepared baking sheet to make 12 churros, each 4 inches long.

  • Bake the churros, turning once halfway, until puffed and browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Combine sugar and cinnamon on a shallow plate. Roll the hot churros in the mixture and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.


Equipment: Parchment paper or baking mat, pastry bag with 3/4-inch open-star tip or 1-quart sealable plastic bag

Nutrition Facts

106 calories; protein 2.2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 13.6g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 0.3g 1% DV; sugars 5.5g; fat 4.7g 7% DV; saturated fat 2.7g 14% DV; cholesterol 41.2mg 14% DV; vitamin a iu 163.8IU 3% DV; vitamin cmg; folate 34.4mcg 9% DV; calcium 11.1mg 1% DV; iron 0.7mg 4% DV; magnesium 3.9mg 1% DV; potassium 28.1mg 1% DV; sodium 110.8mg 4% DV; added sugar 5g.

Reviews (4)

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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
I did not like this recipe because the batter way WAY TOO RUNNY!!!?? this churro recipe was not help full to me and did not work Read More
Rating: 4 stars
In process of making these. Followed exactly. After adding both eggs and water mixture is excessively watery. Mixture doesn't seem to hold its shape once piped I have a big churro pancake essentially. Looks yummy enough. Will make again with less water. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I just baked them and they were very yummy. Light. At the end I just brush the churros with a bit of water so was easy for the sugar/cinnamon to stick. Good healthy snack for kids. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made these today. 2 issues with them. When you mix the egg mixture with the dough part needs to be done in a mixer. I could not get it to mix any other way. Biggest issue is the cinnamon sugar will not stick to them even when hot out of the oven. I finally brushed the with sugar and then it stuck. I will make them again. They were good. Read More